To Strava or not to Strava!

Strava - Hills

The other day I was getting ready for training and put on my heart rate monitor strap but then found I had forgotten my Garmin Forerunner (the watch bit). A thought quickly crossed my mind –

“I can’t track my workout and upload it. I might not bother going to training”

I was shocked that I even thought that. It seems the adage about Strava may very well be correct –

“If it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen”

Continue reading “To Strava or not to Strava!”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 4

Track 4 – Around the World / Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk (2007)

More obscure mixes this week.

Have you ever asked yourself the question “If I could go to any music gig from the past what would it be”? Mine would be Daft Punk at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy arena in Paris on 14 June 2007. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 4”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 3

Track 3 – The Greatest – Sia (2016)

Probably the tune that sparked my decision to start this playlist. I heard a fantastic mix on a podcast I listen to. It was a little harder, faster than the original and repeated “I’ve got stamina” a lot. I was running up a hill at the time, and flew up it. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 3”

So I finally ran to work! Run Commute.

Run commute

Over the last year, I’ve made a habit of cycling to work as my commute. I no longer think about it. It’s just how I get to work. I get up, pull my bib shorts and top on, grab my bag, helmet and cleats and I’m off (after a cup of tea, obviously).

I’ve been contemplating running to work for a year or so, Continue reading “So I finally ran to work! Run Commute.”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 1

I was going to start this post with a clever explanation about beats per minute (BPM) and your running stride per minute (SPM)

There’s the story that American running coach Jack Daniels analysed the stride of many elite runners. He found that they almost all took 180 steps per minute (or 90 steps with each leg).

Turns out some of the runners he analysed actually took less than 180. The 180 was a rounded average, and unless you missed it they were ELITE. Finally, most beginner or intermediate runners take less than 180.

So let’s forget about BPM and SPM. It’s too complicated and a waste of our time. Let’s just focus on good tunes. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 1”

Thames Towpath 10 Race Recap – 8th April 2018

Thames Towpath 10 2018
A foggy grey morning!

I previously ran the Thames Towpath Ten 7 years ago when I was flirting with running and thinking about being fitter. Back then it was a beautiful Spring day and we went for beers and burgers afterwards down by the Thames.

This year Spring brought grey cloud, drizzle and temperatures edging towards 10 degrees C. Continue reading “Thames Towpath 10 Race Recap – 8th April 2018”

How to change up your running

2008 London Marathon

post-race blues (saying)

Definition

  1. the mental comedown after 16 weeks of committed training after a big race or marathon
  2. the tendency to relax and stop training after success or failure at a big race
  3. the urge to eat pizza and binge watch Netflix following a period of athletic dedication

The post-race blues can come in many forms and happen for many reasons. Continue reading “How to change up your running”

On Cloudventure Waterproof – Running Shoe Review

Cloudventure Waterproof
Credit – On Running

Price – £140

Available – On Running

For a number of years, I have been trying to find a trail shoe. I’ve been through a couple of pairs of Nikes (which I know fit me well). A Shield version, a Gore-Tex version and a lightweight pair. They’ve either not had enough grip, been a bit bulky or not been waterproof. With no new versions or designs coming out, I had to look for another brand. Continue reading “On Cloudventure Waterproof – Running Shoe Review”