Category: Training

Stuff I learned running 66 miles

Watch where you poo… & other stuff I learned running 66 miles

The other weekend I ran my first official ultra marathon, around the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. It took me about 19 hours to complete one 66 mile circuit of the island’s beautiful coastal path. That’s a lot longer than I’d hoped for, mainly because of the extra time it took at rest stops to…

Why runners’ knee is NOT inevitable

Pain is inevitable if you’re approaching the BIG 40 and running 50 plus miles a week. Your knees will creak, your hips will complain, your lower back will whinge, etc, etc… and it’s only going to get worse as you age. Best take up golf or some other hobby that blokes do when they realise they’ve used up about half…

How much wine should I drink before I run?

What’s happened to me? I’m visiting a vineyard tomorrow, to write about an exciting business that’s helping to drive the explosive growth of English wine for the day job. And it’s bound to involve a tasting. And someone else is driving. Hurrah! Or so you’d think. Once upon a time, I’d be whooping along with you, my only concern how…

Is running twice a day really madness?

The marathon is finally out of my system and the knee has quit complaining. So it’s time to begin the next phase of training: six run weeks that include a double run day. One or two people have proclaimed this madness that will only end in injury. So are they right; will regularly running twice a day break me? I…

Is this the prettiest 10 miler in England?

I love bluebells. I take a detour most days on the way to work at this time of year just so I can see them. This morning, I found myself in the woods breathing in their scent when I should’ve been at work. Let’s be clear: I’m not one of those shivering perverts you sometimes read about hanging around at…

If you only do one big run next year, make it the Brighton Marathonย 

Brighton Marathon, 17 April 2016: This is it, I kept thinking; the point my legs stop working. Miles 20 to 23 of the Brighton Marathon are a grim out and back to Shoreham Power Station, a bottleneck between the English Channel and Shoreham Port. Here the miles take their toll. The roadside was littered with cramping runners; one man was…

Five reasons why the last week before a marathon is CRAP

Well, this is crap. It’s now less than a week until the Brighton Marathon, the first of I don’t know how many 26.2 milers I’ll be doing to prepare for the Marathon des Sables 2018, and I’m in a right grump. Here’s five reasons why: I can’t go for a proper run The weather’s perfect, I feel great and I’m…