Runner v Bus – A Race to the Cat & Fiddle, 2015

Back in 2015, I remember having a discussion with my younger brother, Nathan, about the best ways of getting about. We were both broke, therefore didn’t own cars, so the options were either public transport, or on foot.

Nathan had always used public transport, and in his arrogance, reckoned that he was pretty good at it; even if it did mean taking odd routes at times and tricky connections. I reasoned that as a runner, I could just set off in that instant, and would be unaffected by bus schedules, or unexpected delays. I would most likely win.

Is Running Worth the Risk of Injury?

Sounds like a pretty obvious question, doesn’t it? But it’s one that continues to divide those of us with contrasting backgrounds (or, to put it a simpler way – those of us who run, and those of us who don’t). The regular runners will quickly come to the defence of the sport and say ‘yes, injuries do happen, but the benefits hugely outweigh the risks’. Then the non-runners will say something baffling like ‘I knew a man once, who used to run every day. Now he can’t walk because his knees disintegrated…’ Or some other dubious story, along those lines, spoken like it’s definitive proof.

Self-esteem vs Ego in Social Media

Social media is a strange place at the best of times; full of random thought spews and tiresome clickbait articles shared left, right and centre. It’s amazing how much it’s changed over the years.

Facebook ‘Memories’ has been an interesting update, as it allows an eye-opening glimpse into a timeline of how you used to act and think over the years. One thing that has become unfortunately clear for me, is that when I first started running, I became incredibly BORING in my constant updates.

  • “Out running”
  • “Going for a run again”
  • “Look at me, look at me! I’m running again”

That Email That Made Me Quit My Job

It was two years ago today, that I got this infamous snotty email from my self-proclaimed ‘boss’, that pushed me over the edge and forced me to leave my old job.

Many people had advised me over the years not to leave the post until I had something else to replace it with, but I felt this latest correspondence left me little choice but to leave right away, or risk having my dignity trodden on further still.

“… far from a success story, but a reasonably entertaining story of recovery I guess”

 

Dovedale Dipper, 2016

Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Matlock's website.

Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Matlock’s website.

In what felt like such a bizarre situation, 2016 so far had not featured any competitive events for me. I’d covered a lot of mileage, plus I did run at the Manchester Marathon in April, BUT, so far none of this mileage was at competitive pace; I’d not yet had the chance to test my top speed against anybody except myself. It was time to get back on the horse!

Unfortunately, my horse was a bit lame.

Run ‘Stronger’ Club

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Combining Personal Training with a Running Club…

There are a lot of running clubs and groups about these days, which is great! Running as a sport has a great community base, and accessable to pretty much anybody willing to put the effort in.

So what makes mine different?

It’s all in the focus!

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My trail running group at Teggs Nose 🙂

The main focus for this club is the ‘training‘ element; training SMART to match your goals and building a body that is more resistant to injury.

Modern Day Hobbit Adventure – Pt 2

#RunFrodoRun – Holland, Belgium and Germany (approx 290 miles)

My ride on the Bucklebury Ferry to continue my journey to Mordor!

My ride on the Bucklebury Ferry to continue my journey to Mordor!

Day 8: Bradfield to Hook of Holland

The ring grew heavier (or I was getting more tired. It’s hard to tell…) as I approached Harwich for the ferry on Sunday morning; one week precisely since the Manchester Marathon.

I was looking forward to a day of doing nothing. The sun had finally come out after almost a full week of rain, so sitting by the window was pleasant and I had eight solid hours to just sit there and relax.

Modern Day Hobbit Adventure – Pt 1

#R20160411_150059unFrodoRun – UK Section (approx 260 miles)

Not a lot of people know this, but being in possession of the ring of power in today’s day and age is a real pain; everything’s a bit different now.

Firstly, there’s more traffic and things out there now to get in the way.  Secondly, finding Mordor is a bit more challenging now everything is a bit more built up.

Eventually, after some careful, considered minutes of searching for stuff in google maps, I found Mordor. It turns out it’s just a small area on the outskirts of Essen in Germany. No idea what it was yet, but it was indisputably labelled ‘Mordor’. So off I went with an aim to run as much of this route as possible.

A Hobbit Adventure (Days 1 and 2)

Hi all, Samwise here (Not Dan as the blog post entry would have you believe) – while Dan (Frodo) is off galavanting around Middle-Earth, I wanted to provide a quick update from last weekend I’ve only just had chance to write up (sorry it’s a little late…)

I assume most of you are familiar with the story of the Lord of the Rings? If not, this whole adventure will make very little sense and will be full of references that may confuse and confound you.

Myths About Running Training

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There are plenty of myths flying about all over the place when it comes to running; mainly vocalized by non-runners with various degrees of truth and hilarity to them. However, I also hear two very distinct, performance hindering myths from regular runners, and they both surround the subject of TRAINING as a runner.

  • MYTH #01 – “Runners don’t need to train legs because of all the running we do”
  • MYTH #02 – “Runners don’t need to train upper body because you don’t need that for running”