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!

DNF debut – failing to become a #lakelandlegend on the Lakeland 100.

(nb - by way of polite information for any non-runner friends, DNF stands for 'Did Not Finish'.) Before I begin, a short public service announcement. This blog is all about my failure to complete the recent Lakeland 100. I have seen how these things go on social media - they are often a cry for … Continue reading DNF debut – failing to become a #lakelandlegend on the Lakeland 100.

Aiming to become a #legend on the Lakeland 100.

In three days time I will be starting out on my Ultra Running Holy Grail - the Lakeland 100. I have had this race on a pedestal from the day I first heard of it. In my mind I have long considered it to be the pinnacle of single day (ish!) ultra/trail running in this … Continue reading Aiming to become a #legend on the Lakeland 100.

My dirty little secret.

'No-one ever said it was going to be easy.' The opening line of Inspiral Carpets 1994 top 20 single 'I Want You'. But also relevant to anyone out there aspiring to achieve things in their life. Obviously, I am talking about physical achievements here, but if you want to relate it to something dull and … Continue reading My dirty little secret.