12 Essential Tips for Running in Hot Weather

Here in the UK, we’re currently in the middle of a heatwave, which can have an unpleasant effect on our running. Many of us are seeing the pastime that usually makes us feel so energised suddenly transformed into a sticky humid mess of heavy-legs and lethargy.   So I thought I’d share a few essential…

Thunder Run 2013 (part two)

If you haven’t read part one yet, you might want to go back and do that now. But hey, I’m not here to tell you what to do. If you’re one of those renegade play-by-your-own-rules types, read on anyway… Act 5: Lap three (the gloop) I woke at dawn, and immediately felt ashamed that I’d…

Thunder Run 2013 (part one)

By now you may have already had a peek at my build-up to this year’s TR24. You may have even endured the War and Peaceness that was last year’s race report*. Brevity isn’t one of my strong points, so I’ll try my best not to get into a thing this time round. Honest. Act one:…

Captain Co-ordinated

The other day I set off on a nice steady 10k around Blueberry Hills. The weather was mild and the run uneventful. Uneventful, that is, until I happened to look down at what I was wearing. Green jacket with black panelling, black tights with blue panelling, green/blue/black running shoes. The exact shades were subtly different,…

Men in Tights

This is one for the guys. I can’t be the only man who’s had a conversation that’s gone a little bit like this… Non-runner:  “oooooh… I like your leggings”. Runner: (puffs out chest and adopts a gruff manly tone) “they’re not leggings, actually. They’re tights! So… umm…” This little exchange is usually rounded off with…

Tempo Tantrum

I have a confession to make. A confession that may well shock and disgust you*. Although running (and writing about running) for well over two years now, I’ve never quite worked out what a tempo run is. I’ve read countless articles about them but for some reason they’ve always continued to perplex me, even after…