Training Recap Week 24 – Crewing For Kim And Purposeful Practice

Well, that was a busy week! From hill sessions, to endurance, LSR, recovery and even crewing the Hardmoors 55. Shaking off a calf niggle/tightness from last week, my mood was down to say the least. […]

Training Recap Week 23 – The Shackles Are Off

You may be wondering, ‘what happened to weeks 21 and 22?’ or ‘does he really think we pay that much attention.’ Well, I spent the week skiing in Austria. A wonderful experience and hopefully a […]

Understanding My Inner Chimp To Train And Race Better

Can’t be assed with training and lack the motivation to run? Do you face a consistent inner battle to achieve your goals, despite the will to see them through? Reading ‘The Chimp Paradox’ helped me […]

Weeks 17-20 Training Recap – Base Complete

From a park run PB to ascending the equivalent of Green Gable, weeks 17 through 20 have been great. My first four months were an introduction to ‘proper’ training and revolved around consistent, purposeful practice. Month five was about finalizing my […]

What Makes A Good Runner – Talent, Hard Work Or Purposeful Practice

What makes a good runner? Talent, hard work or purposeful practice? The answer will vary on who you ask but the question itself fascinates me. Many believe natural talent takes the lead and our progress is limited by physique. […]

Barefoot Running – Its Just Like Marmite

Have you ever wondered, why run barefoot? Doesn’t it hurt your legs, is it for everyone and why do people rave about it? Can barefoot running truly transform your form, making you a better runner? Well […]

Surpise PB – Dalby Forest 5K Park Run

Four months I have held back, like a dog on a leash restricted and contained. Building a base requires patience and discipline, but this weekend I could let loose, rid the shackles and test my speed […]

Why I Run

Why do we run? More to the point, why do I run? Reasons like ‘extending life expectancy’ and ‘to lose weight’ don’t strike a cord. They would hardly get me out of bed in the […]

‘Runner’ Book Review – An Inspirational Ultra Running Book

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, in Lizzy Hawker’s case they are wrong. ‘Runner’ is a truly inspirational ultra running book and the cover art speaks a thousand words. Lizzy is a […]

Rebuilding An Ultra Runner – From Injury To The Hardmoors 60 Part Two

If you haven’t already, please read part one before carrying on. Part one ended injury free, I was ecstatic to be running 35 miles a week and raring to race the Hardmoors 55 at my second […]