Ultrarunner Christian Schiester was recently interviewed in the Guardian, and asked whether anybody could turn themselves into a runner. He replied ‘My secret is my running/exercise diary. I write something in this every day – I run daily’. Now, I don’t keep a diary as such, but I record every run that I do on [...]
My run did not go well yesterday. I had been up since some ridiculous hour that morning, with a full day at work and only ...
My recent article on the relative merits of running alone, rather than in a running group or with a friend, drew plenty of comments on ...
Continuing my recent theme of preparing for a 10K race, here are my tips for ensuring that you can perform on the big day. As ...
A couple of days I had one of those runs where months of training seem to suddenly evaporate, and I regress back to running at ...
A 10K race is the ideal way to get into running. It is a distance the will test beginners to the limit, without taxing or overwhelming them. It requires a sensible amount of training, as no beginner can step off the street and run a respectable time without at least doing some preparation, but it [...]
Each week I make a plan outlining how far I will run in the following seven days. It’s not written down, or official, carved in stone or anything like that, but is a mental calculation of how many miles I will run, when, how fast, and where. It outlines which day will be the day [...]
Running is often perceived as a solitary activity. You can run at your own pace, enjoy the quiet and probably admire the scenery and do some thinking, free from the stresses of the work day. But if you are in training and want to improve your pace and technique, one of the fastest and the [...]
Having published a post a couple of days ago suggesting that you might like to try ditching the GPS watch to try and gauge your pace by listening to your body, I am now going to prove that I never listen to my own advice by demonstrating the extent of my reliance on gadgets. Yesterday’s [...]
In spite of yesterday’s post on the dangers posed by animals (http://www.marathonman2014.com/the-three-most-dangerous-animals-for-runners/), it would seem that most of the interactions and incidents experienced by runners involve people. Going by the nature of the comments that I’ve received over the past few days on the blog, via Twitter and on Facebook, these are divided roughly 50:50 [...]