A Journey Through Life To Junction 36.

A spur-of-the-moment musical choice sparks a surprising wave of nostalgia upon finally returning to the Lake District. Friday 16th April, 2021. The last day of our school Easter holidays. The 4.30am alarm should kill me, or at least irritate me but, just for once, I was already awake waiting for it. Really, I am too … Continue reading A Journey Through Life To Junction 36.

Under Starters Orders – Tips of the Ultra Trade!

As an end to lockdown restrictions edges ever temptingly closer, there is a palpable sense in the running community of athletes of all ages and abilities adjusting their training schedules or running routines in order to align them with when that dream, long-awaited, first comeback race might actually take place. For a huge majority of … Continue reading Under Starters Orders – Tips of the Ultra Trade!

Part 3: the 2021 plan – Heed The Call.

Perfect Winter conditions in Beacon Park, looking South West towards Liverpool and North Wales. Thank you so much if you took the time to read parts 1 & 2 of this trilogy of getting my blog up-to-date, it is much appreciated. Part 3 - the bit you are reading now - is to lay out … Continue reading Part 3: the 2021 plan – Heed The Call.

2020 – The Year No Plans Inadvertently Paid off!

If you read my last blog - thanks! If you didn't - wise lifestyle choice you! In it I reviewed a long period of blogging inactivity and covered my running from August 2019 to March 2020. If you didn't read it and you reeeeeeaaallllllly want to (which will be no-one) you can check it out … Continue reading 2020 – The Year No Plans Inadvertently Paid off!

Running In The Olden Days!

Above Swaledale, October 2019. 19 months since a blog was posted. Did we miss anything?! Nothing of any real global importance springs to mind... I'm going to make a point of trying to stick to running here - that's the point of the blog after all, although it does feel fairly impossible not to get … Continue reading Running In The Olden Days!

2nd time lucky – knocking off the Lakeland 100.

Dalemain Estate, Saturday 27th July, 2019. 11.25am. 59 miles. The mind is the funniest thing. Sometimes trying to control it is the worst thing you can do. Negative thought processes are all-consuming, a vicious circle, a self-fulfilling prophecy - in everyday life, never mind ultra running. In our current climate of mindfulness and general awareness … Continue reading 2nd time lucky – knocking off the Lakeland 100.

Lakeland 100 take 2 -time to close the loop.

So here we are again. Lakeland 100 week. Three days to go. The training is done. The lists are written. The kit sorting and packing has begun. The hourly weather forecast check is underway - never a good thing to do where the Lake District is involved! The mental anguish is in full flow! Like … Continue reading Lakeland 100 take 2 -time to close the loop.

Clinging on to the hope of becoming a #lakelandlegend in 2019. (And the ethics of a deliberate DNF.)

Well, where do I start in order to pick up from my last blog? It was written on March 23rd, nearly three months ago, as I contemplated comeback number 4 from the not-so-little-calf-niggle that I experienced on February 10th. It covered the 11 mental stages of injury as I had experienced them in that six … Continue reading Clinging on to the hope of becoming a #lakelandlegend in 2019. (And the ethics of a deliberate DNF.)

The 11 mental stages of an injured runner.

Today - right now in fact - I should be halfway up Fusedale in the Lake District with my good running buddy Rob Lister, part way through our second private recce day on the road to redemption towards the 2019 edition of the Lakeland 100. But I'm not. I'm sat here in the office contemplating … Continue reading The 11 mental stages of an injured runner.

2019 – Altering Mental Perceptions and Preparing for Sleepiness!

Discomfort. For most runners, whether fast or slow, running long distances or short sprints, peak performance is all about your tolerance of discomfort, or at the very least your ability to ignore it. This is obviously a choice, or a state of mind. It is quite possible to run, even perform well, in training and … Continue reading 2019 – Altering Mental Perceptions and Preparing for Sleepiness!