Freedom

  I did a thing the other day. A scary thing. A thing I’ve always been tempted to try, but never had the bottle. I went for a run without a GPS watch or a running app. That last sentence was an existential nightmare to write, because how do I actually know I went for a…

Chased by Giants

   Okay, that title is probably a bit misleading. For starters, there was only one giant. Secondly, it wasn’t actually a giant. And if we’re being totally honest, I wasn’t really being chased. The word “by” is spot on though. Can’t fault that. Tell you what, I’ll start again…   By That’s better. This is a…

Splash!

     So, I’m staging a bit of a comeback and trying to get my running back on track after experiencing a few months of laziness and lethargy (and cheese. ALL of the cheese), and recently went out on my first proper Long Slow Run for quite some time. It was nothing spectacular, just seven-and-a-bit miles…

Product test: some Helly Hansen “Norviz” stuff 

Hey, remember this thing I posted last year?  We all shared a little laugh about how I’m completely incapable of writing product reviews in anything that vaguely resembles a timely fashion, and how I’m basically kryptonite to any sensible marketing campaign. Well, it’s almost Spring, and I’ve had the bloody thing since October, so it’s…

Guess my time, win a thing

As I mentioned in my last post, this Sunday I’ll be throwing my legs at the Perkins Great Eastern Run in Peterborough. To take my mind off all the sweating and grunting, I thought it’d be fun to let you lot have a go at predicting my finish time. Here’s some info to help you…

10 Race day tips for race day racing

  Hello lovely internet person. I’m doing the Perkins Great Eastern Run this weekend, which was a bit of a last minute decision. Although I’ve been doing some decent training lately, there’s been nothing specifically aimed at half marathons, so I’ll just have to wait and see how I do on the day. I wanged a…

A load of pants

Okay, first things first: I’ll admit that this blog post is mostly an excuse for me to repeatedly use words like “pants”, “knickers”, “bottoms” and “trumps”, all of which make me giggle to myself like that Dutch man who was in the news recently who died after falling into a tickle machine. Might have dreamed…

A Buffoon’s Guide to… the Gym

“It’s really important to supplement your running with some strength training and core work. If you only do running, your bottom will turn inside out, you’ll never get a mortgage and everyone will call you horrible names behind your back”. I’ve lost count of the times people have said those very words to me since…

(Vaguely sort of) Shoe Review: Asics Gel Glorify / Gel Luminus

A QUICK WORD ABOUT MY PRODUCT REVIEWS: There are millions of people out there better qualified than me to review running shoes. Possibly billions. Hell, there are penguins shuffling around Antarctica (and not those fancy university-educated penguins either; I’m talking about the ones who routinely get their heads stuck in stuff) who are probably more…

Well, that’s just typical…

  I found myself with a couple of hours to spare, and it had been ages since I’d last had a proper long slow run. This was going to be lovely. The only problem was, as this was an impromptu run, I only had a ramshackle assortment of odds and ends in the way of…