Still Alive

Thought I had better post something to confirm that I am still alive and have not given up running (or blogging). Recently there has been a deluge of races as everything that was postponed over the last six months finally stopped being postponed, leading to comedy moments such as me opening my post and realising … Continue reading Still Alive

Aintree Half

My first half back could have gone better, to say the least. The problems started pretty much as soon as I arrived at the racecourse and discovered that there was no queue for the women's toilets because apparently the vast majority of the entrants were men (378 men and 101 women according to the results … Continue reading Aintree Half

Ouch

For the tenth (I think) time in the last year, I find myself horrified by the fact that I have a half marathon to run that looks like it isn't going to be cancelled. It's worth mentioning that every single one of those half marathons have been cancelled in the end, some with just days … Continue reading Ouch

Wave 2

Everything about the second wave of this pandemic seems very different from the first. In particular, the atmosphere at work has been very different. During the first wave, we only had a few people off sick with coronavirus, and plenty of people prepared to work overtime to cover for them. The public sent us sticky … Continue reading Wave 2

Dock2Dock

One event that I had planned for 2020 that didn't get cancelled was Dock2Dock, the annual swimming race in my favourite swimming spot, Victoria Dock. The race has three options: 1.5k, 5k and 10k, and takes you all the way from the usual course under the Unreasonably High Footbridge, under Connaught Bridge into the next … Continue reading Dock2Dock

Pymmes parkrun

Pymmes parkrun is the second closest to my flat and the third different parkrun that I attended (after Finsbury Park and Hackney Marshes).  Despite it's proximity I haven't been back since that solitary visit nearly three years ago and you might be forgiven for thinking that it was a horrible and unsuitable parkrun.  This is … Continue reading Pymmes parkrun

Cancelvirus

It seems unbelievable that only a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea how the coronacrisis would escalate and change our lives.   My second-to-last entry was basically "is this really necessary?  Seems like overkill to me!" and I have to concede I was probably wrong there because a lot of people who know what … Continue reading Cancelvirus

1:59:40

In a great week for running, where Eliud Kipchoge ran the first ever sub 2 hour marathon distance, and Brigid Kosgei smashed the women's marathon record in Chicago, I am sorry to say that I have completely failed to make my own contribution.  Last Wednesday saw the first Olympic Park Chase The Moon of the … Continue reading 1:59:40

Fell Race

Somehow I managed to get myself talked into doing a Category A Fell race in Epping Forest.  Category A Fell Races are as dangerous as Category A prisoners and Category A drugs.   They must have at least 50m of climb per km (this one had more) and no more than 20% of the course on … Continue reading Fell Race

Medal Wanker

After I posted yet another "medal wanker selfie" to Facebook, my non-running friend Alexander asked somewhat incrediously what I did with all those medals. The answer to this question is that I hang them on my door handle for a while and then put them in a big plastic crate which I keep under my … Continue reading Medal Wanker

Sick

What did I tell you? I thought maybe going vegan had made me immune to colds because I hadn't had one since April 2018, but clearly not.  I started coughing and sniffing a bit during yesterday's long run, but assumed it was just the cold air irritating my lungs.  I felt quite exhausted in the … Continue reading Sick

Are You Ready?

Today Brighton Marathon Weekend posted a photo on their Facebook page of two suspiciously cheerful men named Sam and Rob approaching the Brighton Marathon finish line pushing a young girl in a wheelchair, with the caption "3 weeks to go!  Are you ready?" Am I ready?  Let's see.  I suppose I am ready, a bit like … Continue reading Are You Ready?

A Rant

A bit of a rant before I set off on today's run. As you may recall, I've suffered a bit with the weather lately, completing runs in minus eight wind chill, thick snow, driving wind and rain, and slippery ice.  Yesterday was supposed to be my long run day and today my yoga day.  However, … Continue reading A Rant

Maranoia

It's official. I've reached that stage. The stage where you aren't going to get any sense out of me until April 15th. The onset of Maranoia, which is a state of anxiety afflicting marathon runners in their latter stages of training, whereby they are constantly convinced they will become ill, injured or otherwise afflicted by … Continue reading Maranoia

Run Failure

I'm feeling like a Run Failure this week. First of all there was my disgrace at Highbury Fields. Then on New Year's Day I decided not go to Double Parkrun, or even Single Parkrun.  Because I hardly ever go out drinking/partying these days, and spend a lot of time saying "I can't because I am … Continue reading Run Failure