22 things to do for race day (possibly 20!)

I’ve done a fair few races in my time, but regularly in my own “I only need 5 minutes to get everything ready” way, I end up wandering around my flat looking for stuff and generally getting stressed. I then think “Why did I leave this until 11:45 pm to do this?”

I’ve racked my brains to think of things to do pre-race to make your race experience go as smoothly as possible. Continue reading “22 things to do for race day (possibly 20!)”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 17

Track 17 – Faded – ZHU (2014)

This is one of those times when you think you discovered something only to find it has over 30 million views in various forms on YouTube, was a number 1 hit in the UK, US and Polish dance charts and was nominated for a Grammy. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 17”

10,000 steps – Is it really a good target?

yoda 10000 steps

A couple of months ago, as part of a company health promotion, I started to track my daily steps. The aim was that teams of 4 would record their steps (and therefore distance) over 4 weeks with the aim to promote walking and moving more.

I was sceptical. Continue reading “10,000 steps – Is it really a good target?”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 16

Track 16 – Seek Bromance – Tim Berg (2010)

Tim Berg you say. Who’s he? He was the Swedish fella who later hit superstardom as Avicii and already has one track on this list.

I think I found this track by Shazam’ing it, and once you know who it actually is its fairly obvious it is an early Avicii track. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 16”

7 ways to avoid chafing when running

batman chafing

Chafing occurs where your skin meets some kind of friction, this can be most commonly between your legs, but also under the arms, around bra straps/wire and nipples. The outer layer of the skin is rubbed and becomes red and irritated. It can be skin on skin or skin against a fabric.

The repetitive movement of running and the exercise-induced sweat, make chafing a common occurrence whilst running. Continue reading “7 ways to avoid chafing when running”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 15

Track 15 – Dark and Long (Dark Train) – Underworld (1994)

In the ongoing journey through my musical history, we now come to Underworld.

There was a number of tracks I could have chosen – Rez, Cowgirl, Pearls Girl or Born Slippy.

I first discovered Underworld in 1996 when I read a review of their second album – Second Toughest in the Infants and without hearing it, went that morning and bought it. I loved it and it sat nicely with another album I was listening to, Leftism by Leftfield. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 15”

Checking in – August 2018

Gdansk beach

This was going to be a post about motivation and races. This was brought on by missing another run following one to many beers on Saturday night. It was a good night, well-spent outside in a courtyard with family and friends in Poland. A good time was had by all. The late finish, sleeping in and headache put pay to the Sunday morning run. Continue reading “Checking in – August 2018”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 14

Track 14 – It Feels So Good – Sonique (1998/2000)

I first heard of Sonique as a DJ in the 90s, who used to sing over the top of the tracks she played. I bought her first single “I Put a Spell on You”

She when globally with the release of “It Feels So Good” and subsequently retired from Djing. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 14”

Some things I like – August 2018

Some things I have liked over the last few months and want to share –

FILM – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and soundtrack

When this film came out in 2013 I thought that looks odd and couldn’t figure out what it’s about. I caught it on Film 4 a year or so ago and really liked it. I’ve since watched it a couple of times and now love it.

Continue reading “Some things I like – August 2018”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 13

Track 13 – Nightmare – Brainbug (Sinister Strings Mix) (1997)

You may have noticed or I have already alluded to, I like early 80s and 90s house/trance music. Much of this stems from a tape I purloined off my brother of a rave by Paul Oakenfold with him MC’ing over the top and requesting over the mic that settings and monitors are turned up or down. It was pretty low quality. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 13”