What's Wrong with Free?

Once again I find myself in San Francisco for work and I realised the American distrust for free extends to running too.

On Sunday morning I went for my last long run before the London Marathon and ran the length of the Embarcadero. I like the route as it's nice and flat, except for the big hill round Fort Mason, and has great views of the bridge and Alcatraz. It's also a great sunny route so I can top-up on my vitamin D at the same time. Anyway, my run was cut short because of an event starting and finishing at Crissy Field, the Presidio 10 Mile/10KM/5KM. I knew this event was on but chose not to enter any of them as a) I didn't want to tempt fate by racing so close to London, b) I had other plans for a long run already scheduled and c) I objected to paying what I consider an exorbitant entry fee. And it's this last point that I want to come back to. Continue reading →

Strava Labs FlyBy

I discovered another of Strava's experimental features the other day: FlyBy.

So what is it? It's a site that will let you know who you passed or "flew by" while you were out running or riding. It puts together all the logged runs that crossed or came very close to your uploaded run and then lets you replay your run/ride to see exactly where you passed the other runners. Continue reading →

· The first test of my London Marathon training is today: the Wokingham Half Marathon. I'm not expecting to get under 80 mins, but it'll be interesting to see how close I get with a steady planned race.
Update: My training is definitely on track. Pretty chuffed with my 1:21:03 chip time. I think I might be able to dip under 80mins next month.

Joined the parkrun 50 Club

parkrun 50 club It's taken me four years and eight months and I've finally done it. I can now proudly say I'm now a member of the parkrun 50 club.

Waaaay back on 23 May 2010, I didn't don my running shoes and ran my first ever parkrun, and ran it completely barefoot. Since then I've run three more completely barefoot and all the rest in a variety of minimalist shoes - the stony & rocky parts of the Reading course became a hinderance to my times :wink:. Continue reading →

2014 In Summary

2014 was not the best year for running for me. I went into the year with so many plans and aspirations and nothing came of them. Why? Injury, and right at the beginning of the year too. Continue reading →

Tricking The Mind to a Sub-2 Hour Marathon

I'm in the process of reading Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes--and What We Can Learn from Them by Mark McClusky - a great read so far - and I've just read chapter 8 "What Getting Tired Means". It's a chapter that talks about how science and research has changed the definition of what fatigue is and talks about how it is likely to be more of a mental state than a physical state. Continue reading →

Marin Headlands are Still Waiting for Me

I find myself in San Francisco again this week and when planning my trip, booked an AirBnB in Lower Haight so I'd be closer to Golden Gate park and Presidio. The intent behind this decision was to see what it's like to "live" in another 'hood in San Francisco, but more importantly I had the idea that one of my runs would take me the full length of Golden Gate park so I could wet my feet in the sea and run back again and another would take me through the Presidio, across Golden Gate bridge, up to Marin Headlands (for the obligatory snap of Golden Gate bridge with San Francisco in the background) and back again. Continue reading →

Spartathlon in Luna Sandals

People thought I was nuts running the Ragnar Relay and Bournemouth Marathon in Luna Sandals, but this guy takes the biscuit. Claus Rasmussen from Denmark has just completed the Spartathlon in Luna Sandals. Continue reading →

· It's tipping it down outside and I'm in a fairweather runner mood, so I'll be replacing my long run with watching the New York City marathon. Update: The rain has stopped and the radar shows no more rain for the next few hours so I'm hitting the road after all. BIAB.

VLM 2015 - You're In

Look what the postie just bunged through my letterbox: Continue reading →

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