The Road to Comrades

I have been putting off thinking about Comrades (known as The Comrades in SA) as a race for a long time. That does sound a bit kooky doesn’t it? I signed up on the first day of registration, having missed the chance to enter the Berlin Wall 100 miler, and have been in denial ever…

My thing… awwww, yeah.

When I ran my first marathon back in the autumn of 2015 I wanted a “thing”, you know, something to commemorate the achievement. But something that I could take into and from any future marathons as it was never going to be my one and only. At Berlin 2015, the 42ndrunning of the race in…

The Running Awards 2017

FOREWORD When you experience something in isolation you weigh your opinion based on something as simple as “did I love it? did I hate it?” But when you experience it again you now have a direct comparison, you can finally say this was better than that, or, in a weird parallel universe, that that is better…

More Business Business Business

Stuff happens. That is the nature of stuff. I ran the Barcelona Marathon, which was awwwe-some! BTW (other than the start and the finish). But that was 3 days after I was scheduled in for a second running of Vertical Rush. This is a charity event for Shelter, a very worthwhile cause and involves the kind of…

An open letter to my running self

Dear Future Running Me, “Do not confuse motion and progress,” or so said Alfred Montapert, “a rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.” I have been looking back at my running life, as I reach 5 years of plodding, and realise it has been just that – a bit of a plod….

PF and ME – the Ongoing Battle

This crap is not okay. I have been trying to rationalise the course of action I have taken to fix my PF as 4 months after it started I do not feel I am any better. Race to the King. It all felt fine. Race to the Stones. 100K and 19 hours of “fun” spread…

Five Peaks Challenge

Marathon training is actually happening. It is not as regimented as Berlin but it is also not nonexistent like all the other marathons this year. I have a plan that allows for two runs in the week, two visits to the gym including cardio and a progressively long LSR. But with less of a race…

This Idiot’s Guide to the Majors

The Abbott World Marathon Majors are the six largest and most renowned marathons in the World: London, Berlin, Tokyo, New York, Boston and Chicago. Their mission statement is simple and to the point; “to provide global leadership in elite and mass participation events” through the management and organisation of what we term “the majors.” As…

The Running Awards including Run With Strava

Ok, for a little bit of context here. I was listed as one of the many, many, many running blogs at the beginning of this year’s voting for the Running Awards. I did not make the shortlist and hey! to be fair those that were are far better, or more consistent and prolific bloggers than…

The 100 Medal Extravaganza

It has been a long and worthwhile journey. Almost 4 years ago I took up running and ran my first race, the 2012 BUPA London 10K (my anniversary run). I was hooked. The atmosphere was amazing. Mo won it. I survived it. And with a goody bag and a t-shirt came the bling. A medal?…

Paul J Roberts Photography – Photo Shoot 2

Well, I liked it last time and it is always good to have photos of a better quality for blog posts and twitter backgrounds etc. So I thought why not? Last time around my photos were used by a Running Bug Campaign, maybe I will see these somewhere too. We shall see.