Those who know me probably recall that I’ve long had a love/hate relationship with my drink bottles. Hard bottles (which I long favoured for their structure and easy access/replacement when using a running vest) have always come with a constant ‘slosh’ noise. Threatening to drive me crazy on long runs (some might say it’s too late). Soft Flasks however, were the supposed solution to this problem, in that they reduce in volume as you drink the liquid from within. Remove the air and there’s no slosh whatsoever. So far – so good, but then comes the irritating behaviour when … Continue reading
So the XC series is over for another year! Having completed what in my mind is the ‘complete xc series’ (Southerns, BUCS, Nationals and Inter-counties) for the first time in a loooong time so here’s a little look back over the last few weeks of racing… Southern XC in Parliament Hills, London Representing my home club City of Norwich in our wonderfully bright vests with my long term running buddy Mabel! Feeling strong at the finish! Here I am on the home … Continue reading
I’m rebooting my system. Since late in 2016, post injury and after a 12 week rest from running, I was keen to get back to routine. That’s perhaps an understatement. 42 yrs of age, with 10 years of regular running under my belt. Veteran status. A successful history which includes 10K, Half Marathon, Cross Country Obstacle races, Mountain Marathons, Ultra Distance Trail Runs and one Parkrun. So it is with a heavy (tired) heart that I recently concluded that I’d made a mistake in jumping back on the horse, so to speak. This last 3 months I’ve battled fatigue. … Continue reading
In truth I had a bit of advance notice with the Singletrack, as my wife already owns the larger six litre ‘Fluid’ version which has been on sale at Accelerate for a while, which I love. I’ve even been known to forgo my own pack options and sneak out of the house wearing hers from time to time. It’s lightweight, stable, comfortable and practical. All in all a good (and very cost effective) option, although generally too big for my meagre needs. You will understand my excitement therefore at getting my hands on the smaller three litre ‘Singletrack’. Because if … Continue reading
As a coach, working with groups of runners is always interesting. For one thing, it’s never entirely clear what any particular athlete wants to get out of a session, or get out of coaching, so we ask lots of open questions and sometimes get some interesting replies, often in the form of further questions. My advice, by the way, would always be to ask that burning question, whether you think it makes you appear clueless or not! It’s easy as a moderately experienced runner and an engaged coach with some education behind me to become complacent about things that become … Continue reading
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