The Best Annual Races in London 2020

Here’s a list of races that are held annually and are mostly on closed roads in Central London. These are big races that give you a unique London experience.

There are a lot of other half marathons and 10ks in and around London, but they often cover the same routes particularly the River Thames around Kingston, Richmond and Hampton or the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and are on open roads on footpaths and pavements/sidewalks. These routes can be enjoyed at any other time and no cost, so have not been included here.

I’ve run the majority of these races and have provided links to any races I’ve reviewed. I have also included a short opinion on the race if I’ve done it. Continue reading “The Best Annual Races in London 2020”

An Ode to Parkrun – Why it’s so good!

Gdansk parkrun

My parkrun 50 t-shirt arrived recently.

I opened it in the office at work and intrigued colleagues asked: “What’s that?”

“It’s my parkrun t-shirt to show I’ve completed 50 parkruns” I said.

To which I got the reply – “What’s parkrun?” Continue reading “An Ode to Parkrun – Why it’s so good!”

More Consistent with your Consistency

Windmiler Autumn Quarter - Consistency

I’ve been struggling recently. For one reason or another, I’ve missed a lot of training sessions. I’ve not been eating so well, put some weight on and lost a chunk of fitness. When I do train or run, I go berserk for a few days, then do f*ck all for a week. This has been the cycle of the past month or so. Continue reading “More Consistent with your Consistency”

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!)”

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”

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 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”

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.”