will long socks heal my calves?

Monday’s Rundays: Will long socks help heal my calves?

The miles are starting to take their toll. My calves are as tight as a piglet’s arse. It can take up to three miles before they start to loosen up on a run. Because last week was recovery week, most of my runs were no longer than five or so miles (the longest was nine). That means most of my…

Is running getting in the way of work?

Monday’s Rundays: Is running getting in the way of work?

There I was: sweaty forehead, still out of breath, nipples protruding through running shirt like cue tips. “Radio?” said the lady at the BBC Brighton studio reception. “No, I’m sure it’s television. Yes. You’re live on BBC World News. On the business slot.” It was like an anxiety dream where you realise you’re stark bollock naked at an important work…

Am I doing enough hill training?

Monday’s Rundays: Am I doing enough hill training?

It’s starting to worry me, the 15,000 plus feet I’ll be running uphill in June. That’s nearly three miles up. It’s bothering me more than the 186 mile distance of the Marathon des Cote (MdC) right now. Yes, I’ll be doing it over three days, and what goes up must come down – there’s more or less the same distance…

Why runners should do Crossfit

Monday’s Rundays: 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…