Today’s run = Brrrrrr

I wish weather reports would stop being so bloody vague. When they said “expect winds with gusts of up to 50mph, accompanied by heavy showers”, that could have meant literally anything. If you’ve ever seen me out running, you’ll know that I look like an idiot at the best of times, lurching haphazardly along like…

Joining a running club

Running clubs are a great idea if you want to spend time with likeminded people, give yourself fresh challenges, stay motivated, or if you just really enjoy wearing vests. And while joining can just be a simple matter of turning up and filling in a registration form, you should also be aware that there’s a…

Captain Underpants

One of my most favouritest out-and-back routes has a particularly nasty hill at the halfway point. There’s a gatepost at the top, and I’ve developed a triumphant little ritual of high-fiving it whenever I get there. I think this sort of behaviour is quite common among runners. We like to tap inanimate objects1 as a…

“Enjoying the countryside?”

When I go for a run, there are two constants. Two absolute rules of the universe that simply cannot be avoided. One:  The more wonderful it is, the more likely I am to find new and inventive ways to bring it crashing down around me. Two: If my run brings me within 30ft of a…

Watch it! 9 tips for being a race spectator

Why do we run races? What sets them apart from a bog standard training run, enough to persuade us to part with our hard-earned cash and queue for twenty minutes to use a toilet that smells like a family of clowns died in it? Is it the medal? The goodie bag? The cheerful bonhomie and…

Perspective

There’s a hill near where I live. My town sprawls under it, and you can see for miles. It’s lovely. I sometimes just stand there for a while and take in the view. Obviously, this is mostly so that I can get an early warning if there happens to be a Godzilla rampaging along the…

Question

Do any of you know the shortest laps a marathon has ever been broken down into? I know that track marathons are a thing. But I’m thinking smaller. Also, what would be the risks of running a marathon around (for the sake of argument) a sports hall? Dizziness? Nosebleeds? Pirates? Oh god, please don’t let…