Hard work or talent? Which one?

Conor Dwyer Hard work

I don’t want to start ever post about a recent Rich Roll podcast I’ve listened to, but it is ever so good and you really should download and listen to it.

A recent guest was Conor Dwyer, an American swimmer who won gold in the London and Rio Olympic games in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

You may not have heard of him, but he trains and races with Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps (at least one of which you should have heard of) so he’s pretty useful. Continue reading “Hard work or talent? Which one?”

Running in the City of Running – Valencia

Last week I had some annual leave to use up before the end of the financial year. As I wanted to use it to go somewhere and not waste it at home watching Homes under the Hammer, my girlfriend and I book flights and an apartment in Valencia, Spain for 3 nights.

We had a great time, the weather was fantastic and the food was hit and miss. What I want to talk about was the Jardines del Turia. Continue reading “Running in the City of Running – Valencia”

Marathon tips – Get your preperation sorted

London Marathon 2010

The bulk of your marathon training will be done and the taper will have started. All those hard miles will be soon worth it.

You’ll be excited about the big day, and you can never have too many tips. I’ve only done 2 marathons (both London) but the majority of the tips hold up for any race.

BUILD UP

Run in your vest – test this out well before race day. Most of the time charity vests are not the greatest quality and some have a seam under the armpit that can rub the inside of your arm. See tip on Vaseline and plasters. Continue reading “Marathon tips – Get your preperation sorted”

Why I run? Why do you run?

Richmond Half Land

Why do you do something? When you’re trying or aiming to start a new habit or setting yourself a new goal, plenty of advice on the subject will ask-

“What is your Why?”

This is the big underlying reason why you want to do what you want to do.

It could be that you’ve had some chest pain and a tingling sensation in your arm. Continue reading “Why I run? Why do you run?”

Richmond Half – The Comeback One

The built up

In my post a few weeks ago, I stated that the wheels have come off in a couple of my runs. 3 miles felt like too much!

The Richmond Half had crept up on me and I didn’t feel I was in shape. Over the last few weeks, I got as many quality runs in as I could, in the hope my legs would come back. I did some mini duathalons – 7 miles home on the bike, a quick change and then a 6-mile run.

I was tempted to give the race a miss. The way some of my training runs had gone, I thought I had no chance of completing 13.1 miles. Continue reading “Richmond Half – The Comeback One”

DOMS – Do you get sore muscles?

Running selfie

As I’ve got older I’ve noticed I suffer from DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) a lot more. Or more to the point, it’s not reducing with regular training. After a particularly tough session or a longer than normal run, it can still kick in. Continue reading “DOMS – Do you get sore muscles?”

Dash for the Splash – Wimbledon Common

Dash for the Splash 1

The Dash for the Splash race had been on my calendar for a while. It was local and sounded like a lot of fun. It was organised by Thames Hare and Hounds Running Club.

I didn’t actually book for my place until the night before, following an absolutely shocking run on Saturday. Doing the race was a way of getting me up and out and running 10km and also to give me an idea of where my fitness was. Continue reading “Dash for the Splash – Wimbledon Common”

Getting passed that 1 hour run

Ealing Half Start 2016

Sometimes it depends on what your first race was. Then there’s a blocker and you can’t move up a distance.

If your training for a 10km you realise you have to run for about an hour and that’s about as far as you go in your training.  Following the race, you still never get past that hour mark.

We can get stuck at the distances that are well known to us and we feel comfortable at. Just like life. Stepping up into the new position at work. Taking on a little more can be daunting, so we stay where we’re comfortable. Continue reading “Getting passed that 1 hour run”

Minimalism – Declutter your life

Over the last 2 or so years, I’ve been trying to get rid of stuff. Some of this has come about due to house moves and mainly due to two people moving into a flat together that has no storage. As someone once said to me –

“Storage. That’s what garages, basements and attics are for”

Spare Room Minimilism
The spare room!

Well, I have none of these, but what I do have is a spare room. However, I can now no longer go into the room due to the anxiety I get as soon as I enter. Continue reading “Minimalism – Declutter your life”