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Keeping Running

April 16th, 2013 Comments off

There’s very little I can say about the events at yesterday’s Boston Marathon finishing line. I can’t do much either, apart from to shudder at what it must have been like. And mostly avoid the news, as it’s now solidly locked into that frantic pedalling-in-thin-air it does when it quickly runs off the edge of […]

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Don’t Be A Fair-Weather Runner

February 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Recently, I seem to have been a bit of a fair-weather runner. Do you know that feeling? You look out of the window at the dark skies and the rain, and decide that you could just as well go running tomorrow, when it might be nicer. If, like me, you live in England, you’ll already […]

Spotting the Newbie Runner

January 6th, 2013 1 comment

Today I went out for my first run of the new year, just a simple 5K along the Portway. Along with the general jogging population were a few newbie runners. It’s always good to see new runners, and this week — the week of New Year’s Resolutions — is the most common time to spot […]

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Running with Company

November 8th, 2012 Comments off

A first for me this evening: the first time I’ve run in training with anyone else. Apart from race days, I’ve run solo up to now. This evening my friend Emmeline, who is trying to get back into jogging after a long break, accompanied me for a round-the-harbour outing at dusk. It was good. Not […]

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Mixing Jogging with Duty

August 28th, 2012 Comments off

I don’t usually mix jogging with anything else. I go out jogging, I come back home. This Sunday, though, I had a favour to do for a friend that dovetailed nicely with the jogging. So, I jogged out to Easton, fed my friend Emmeline’s cat, and jogged back again. This was good motivation, got me […]

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Everybody Needs a Montage

June 30th, 2011 5 comments

I’ve had my failures. Most of them, with running so far, have been individual screwups. Bad runs, bad shoes, that kind of thing. But at the moment, I’m facing a larger failure. I’ve repeatedly failed to lose weight since I started running, but recently — the last year or so — I’ve been actively putting […]

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Bath Half Marathon 2011

March 6th, 2011 2 comments

Well, that was fun! Okay, if I’m being entirely honest, the first eight or nine miles were fun, and it was more of a slog after that, but still! It was a nice day for running. It was pretty chilly first thing, and especially hanging around in the runners’ village and the start pens, but […]

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How Not to Train for a Half Marathon

February 21st, 2011 Comments off

From recent experience, here are a few tips on how not to train for a half marathon: Pick a half-marathon that’s run at the beginning of March. This makes sure you have to keep training through the freezing, dark winter months. The Bath Half Marathon is an ideal choice. Pick an over-ambitious training plan that […]


December 13th, 2010 Comments off

You may have noticed a short hiatus on the blog. That’s related to the short hiatus in my running. As I mentioned last time, I’ve been feeling a bit tired and run down this month. As a result, I’ve not really been looking forward to going out for a run, especially on the dark weekday […]

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Fatter than Santa

November 4th, 2010 2 comments

When someone at work emailed me about Santas on the Run, it didn’t take me long to sign up. I mean, for only a tenner you get to run around Bristol city centre in a Santa costume with a bunch of other nutcases without actually being arrested. And you get to keep the Santa suit […]

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