Halfs on the Horizon – Am I improving?

Ealing Half 2016 Finish

As ever, I’ve let things slide. Races (at which I’m excellent at booking) are quickly rushing up on the horizon.

There are 8 weeks until the Great North Run and 10 weeks until the Ealing Half.

I’ve been running and training regularly, so there’s some work in the tank. I have no idea where I’m currently at fitness or speed wise, as I have not raced or parkrun’d in a while. Sometimes, when I run, I feel good, and sometimes, I have a shocker. Continue reading “Halfs on the Horizon – Am I improving?”

7 expensive bits of running kit you don’t need

If you’re anything like me, before you start anything, you need to be prepared. Everything has got to be in place, just in case!

What I’ve come to realise, is that this is a form of procrastination. The prep is just a way of not doing the thing I’m meant to be doing.

As I have (slightly) minimised my life, I now only have the things I need and use and try to keep it as simple as possible.

Here are 7 bits of expensive kit that are not essential for running or starting running! Continue reading “7 expensive bits of running kit you don’t need”

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can

Arthur Ashe

I like a good quote.

One I have been thinking about for a while now is –

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe was a tennis player, 3-time grand slam winner (including Wimbledon), civil rights advocate and Apartheid activist, founder of the ATP and educator.

There are many parts to Ashe’s story Continue reading “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”

Heart Rate – Does it help your running?

Heart Rate Monitor

When I’m BMFing, I turn my Garmin watch face to the heart rate screen. This is so I don’t end up looking at it and realising there is still 40 minutes left!

I’ve been hearing about heart rate zones for years. I came to discover when I wrote my post on the PB (PR) trap, that I was running in the “grey zone”. An area where always running at a higher intensity does not improve your aerobic system more. It just wears you out. Continue reading “Heart Rate – Does it help your running?”

Joining a Running Club – Should you?

Running Club

I recently attended a few running club sessions over the last couple of weeks at the Wimbledon Windmilers.

If you’re contemplating joining a running club and what to move on with your running. Here are some thoughts that have been going around my head for a while now, as I’ve tried to make a decision. Continue reading “Joining a Running Club – Should you?”

London 10 Mile Race Recap 4/6/17 – The New Distance One

.London 10 Start

The price of entry to big races is getting expensive. Everyone wants great locations, closed roads, clinical organisation, loads of toilets, goody bags and big medals.

The Entry

The price to enter the London 10 mile was £44 and then they also sneaked on a £2.53 processing fee! Something that’s common and really annoying for music gigs, but nothing I’ve come across at running events. It didn’t stop me or plenty of others though. Continue reading “London 10 Mile Race Recap 4/6/17 – The New Distance One”

Foam Rolling – Can it help recovery?

.Foam Rolling

Foam rolling has become more popular and it made me think if self-massage is good for you.

Would you let an inexperienced physiotherapist or masseuse loose on your body or would you seek out someone with the relevant qualifications and experience?

I’ve foam rolled on and off for a few years and tend to do it most when my legs are really sore.

What is Foam rolling?

Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release (SMR) using a plastic cylinder wrapped in foam.

Myo denotes muscle. Continue reading “Foam Rolling – Can it help recovery?”

Refocusing – Getting back on the horse

Hackney Refocusing

Around the blogosphere, there seems to have been a few race and marathon disappointments. I have had a few of these myself recently.

As disappointing as it is to work towards something, and not achieve your goal. It’s not good to dwell on it too long.

What is shows is that you’ve put in the hard work, just how f*ckin’ hard it is and what it takes to get those times. Continue reading “Refocusing – Getting back on the horse”

Hackney Half Race Recap 30/04/17 – The run on feel one

Hackney Half Start

The build up

What’s the best prep for your race tomorrow? Staying up till 2.30am dancing the night away at your friends 40th birthday party and getting 3 ½ hours’ sleep? Yep, that’s it. No excuses. I knew what I was doing. Just a couple of little beers and lots of water!

It was an early start on Sunday morning to get over to East London. I didn’t know where I was going, so built in a little safety. My kit was ready (number already pinned on) so jumped in the shower to wake up, got dressed, grabbed my bag and breakfast out of the fridge and was gone.

By the time I got to the Tube at Waterloo, most of the carriage was filled with runners, Continue reading “Hackney Half Race Recap 30/04/17 – The run on feel one”

The PB (PR) Trap – Easy run or hard run?

Garmin

Note – PB – (Personal Best) in the UK. Known as PR – (Personal Record) in the US

When you start running, every race results in a PB. A lot of the time it comes down to doing the distance for the first time. Then even some half-arsed training leads to good gains and huge chunks being slashed off your PB.

The PBs keep coming and coming and you feel great and progress is being made. Every time you step to the line, you feel you have a PB in you. Continue reading “The PB (PR) Trap – Easy run or hard run?”