Category Archives: Training

Ten tips for a struggling beginner

In the pub last Sunday night with Nick, a girl – a stranger – came up and spoke to us out-of-the-blue. She was probably early twenties, petite, dark and so intensely pretty you had to concentrate hard to ignore it. She … Continue reading

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The “Kick 12” Plan… and Half Marathon No. XL

I wrote recently about my thirty-ninth half-marathon still being a journey into the unknown, with so many variables and unpredictables; and also of the satisfaction of managing it so well. Yes, even after all this time it was a new … Continue reading

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Why can’t the normal me be like the running me?

[Sound FX: A heavy door creaks, rusty hinges unexpectedly disturbed. A man holds up a lamp, his free arm sweeping through hanging cobwebs sending flurries of dust billowing, and peers into the gloom. “Hmm…” he murmurs, “I think this used … Continue reading

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A new P.W.;a benchmark for the future; and a lesson learned

I know I can still run a good Half I had a plan – laced with uncertainties – going into the run, and it looked like this:- “I have a plan. It goes (3 x 9:00) + (9 x 8:30) … Continue reading

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Weeks 26 and 27 (or, -11 and -10 to go): Ladders, juggling, and the Blerch

[psst!: it’s week-8 really, I did write this earlier but it’s published late due to holiday-cyber-gremlins. I’m now back from holidays and will update the last 2 weeks any day now…!] Snakes & ladders Last time I wrote it was … Continue reading

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12 weeks to go. Training by Snakes & Ladders

There is a reason why I haven’t blogged my progress in six weeks, and the reason is that although I have sat down to write many times, the outcome has always been “How the hell do I write this?” Today … Continue reading

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Week 19 = 18 to go! Half time, change ends, cup of tea

Well. This has been a memorable week; and some of it for good reasons. But as the running community goes about its races in Windsor and London and Manchester and (especially, I still fancy this one) the Edinburgh Marathon, they … Continue reading

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