The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 5

Track 5 – Big Love – Pete Heller (1999)

After the insanity of Daft Punk, do we bring it down a little bit or keep the tempo high?

To settle you down and keep you plodding along, keeping your rhythm and flow, its Pete Heller’s hit from 1999. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 5”

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”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 2

Track 2 – Levels – Avicii (2011)

I had the next few tracks lined up for this playlist.  The recent news of the passing of Tim Bergling, or as he was better known, Avicii has changed that. This track was on the long list but has been bumped up. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 2”

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”

Run Your Body – Running Tops

Running Top Navy
Say it loud and proud. I AM A RUNNER!

I mentioned in my Christmas list post that I’ve set up a store to sell a small number of running tops I’ve made up. The website is called Run Your Body.

I’m always been on the lookout for new and interesting running or exercise tops that make a statement in a clean and classic way but I’ve never been able to find them. Continue reading “Run Your Body – Running Tops”