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Why skipping training is sometimes good training

I’ve now been training for the Marathon des Cote for 12 weeks. That means, as I write this, there’s just less than 12 weeks until I set off at the crack of dawn to try and run the 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in West Wales in less than three days. To mark the half way point in…

Minute long marathon: 26 miles on the Costa Brava

I love Spain’s Costa Brava. But last summer it nearly broke me. The Mrs says I only have myself to blame. We were supposed to be on holiday, but I decided the heatwave we were enjoying was the perfect opportunity to get in some training for the Marathon des Sables. So I got up at 4am and spent the rest of the morning clambering up and down the area’s beautiful cliff paths, across its beaches and through its forests. Here’s what I found!

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Monday's Rundays

Why I’ve written my own training plan for 2018

Enough with the festivities! I feel like I’m 80% turkey, sage, onion and sausage meat right now. Home is stuffy and strewn with Lego. I felt like a pig in blanket when the kids woke me this morning. And they’ve gone feral. They tore each other to shreds over a chocolate coin found melted to the underside of a sofa…

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…

Should I do the Brighton Marathon as a training run?

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

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…

Two weeks to go: The only thing harder than running is not running

The only thing harder than running, is not running. With less than two weeks to go before my first 26.2 miler in preparation for the Marathon des Sables 2018, my biggest challenge now is not how many miles I can squeeze in before the starting pistol fires, but whether I can resist the urge to lace up my shoes and…

Three weeks to go: Screw the target pace!

Screw the target pace. Ultimately this isn’t about how fast I can run, but how far. So on Sunday I shut down the Runkeeper woman and her passive aggressive pace prompts and headed out on a three and a half hour run, my last long run before the Brighton Marathon, and the first of many 26.2 milers in preparation for…