Category: Training

Why runners should do Crossfit

Five reasons why runners should do Crossfit

It’s getting difficult fitting it all in. Not the running – although I skipped my short run at the weekend, I managed to make up the miles in the other four outings of the week, totting up a weekly mileage just shy of 45. It’s the extra strength & conditioning stuff that’s suffering. I just can’t fit it all in.…

Video: 17 serene miles in Sweden

If the Man v Horse race is my most batshit mental run of the past year, this is my most serene. Me and some mates kayaked to a forested peninsula in the St Anna Archipelago, southern Sweden, and I spent the next three hours or so exploring the trails, coves and headlands of this beautiful place. Here’s what I found…

Monday’s Rundays: WTF am I doing?

Four weeks in, 20 to go until I most likely break myself somewhere on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, trying to run its 186 mile length in three days. Training is going okay. My legs are standing up to the miles and, although I’ve skipped the odd gym session, I can feel my body changing for the better and there’s been…

Do you really need toenails?

Do you really need toenails?

This week I lost my left big toenail. After the Surrey Hills Ultra last September it went a deathly black (37 miles in trainers that have seen better days will do that, apparently). It then went a peculiar jaundice yellow, cracked and would catch on my socks every morning as I got dressed. The kids used to cry when they…

Man v Horse 2017

Last June, myself and 1,000 or so other runners legged it through 23 miles of bogs, mountains, rivers and moorland in mid Wales, whilst being chased by 60 horseback riders. It was the highlight of my running year! Here’s why…

Can forcing a smile make you happier?

Can forcing a smile make you happier?

Smiling doesn’t come easy for me at this time of year. The rain, the post Christmas bank balance, the measly eight hours of daylight we get at this latitude, etc… all this doesn’t make for a very happy bunny. Hence the Mrs’s nickname for me: Misery Guts. But last week – my first ‘intense’ week of training for June’s Marathon…

Five rants of a running widow (AKA my Mrs)

Five rants of a running widow (AKA my Mrs)

The Mrs (that’s not her in the picture) says she’s feeling like a running widow. That’s despite my best efforts to minimise the impact this obsession with running very slowly for very long distances takes on family life. She’s mostly joking (I think). She supports me (I think) in this daft idea I have of running the entire 186-mile Pembrokeshire…