Tag Archives: Running

An Unlikely Win in Athens

All photos have been kindly provided by George Spyros I went into the Eirindromia 10km race thinking I could maybe get a top 30 finish. It was going to be hot, though, about 25 degrees at 9am, and I could see there were  a good few athletes around me who looked very organised (warming up with purpose, in groups, in luminous running shoes). Then my friend Viktor, who knows many of the top local athletes, started to point to various people and say something like ‘Oh, he’s a strong runner,…

The High Park Race

I woke early, sleep hadn’t been fulfilling and I was still tired. I sleep on a mattress on the floor and today, as on every other day, there were ants on my face, body, and mattress. I could of course just squash them and disinfect the room but when I look at them I see that spark of wonderful life that we all share and I see that for them climbing over my body must be a great endeavour, such an adventure; I am loath to end anything for them….

The Toronto 50k+ – March 2016

Judging by the lack of emails or any other sign of interest that’d come my way last week I knew that attendance at this run was going to be low. It got me thinking as I was eating breakfast on the morning of the run; 50k is well within my ability so if I wasn’t going to be tearing around back and forth, trying to keep everybody together and on track, what could I do to get more out of the run on a personal level? I considered the idea…

Nose Breathing, Pod Casts and Racing Weight

I am so fortunate to have people in my life who give me so much. First there’s my wife, Lamia. She gives me support in my running, and in my attempts to lead a decent life. You need great courage to even try to lead a decent life, and I’m not an island, I can’t do it on my own. She also gave me an MP3 player recently, and I started to use it whilst I run. This has bought about some significant change, due to what I listen to…

Fourteen Marathons in fourteen Days

I finished my challenge, and I wrote a long article about it, so rather than repeat it all here, I hope you don’t mind me re-directing you to the article. Here you go - http://trekandrun.com/features/14%20marathon%20challenge.html And here’s a photo of me enjoying a celebratory beer after the 14th marathon.

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I like it when films like this appear. I’m sure it’s worth a look. But I do have an issue with how modern humans talk about ancient humans and their relationship to the animals around them. They say things like ‘we became skilled in reading animal tracks’, and even ‘the hunters feel they turn into the animals they hunt’, and it seems to me that there was something lost in translation, between the San Bushmen hunters, who are the usual subjects of the films, as they are here, and the…

-28 zen running, or something like that

This week, my first full week of running in the cold, I’ve managed to get outside 6 days on the trot, and clocked up 60 cross country miles. That’s enough for me. I’ll have to up that, perhaps double it, if I want to do well in my spring and summer races but it’s a sound start. Especially as the weather has been so challenging for a soft Englishman like me. The week started off quite cold then got warmer, about -5 and snowy, but on Wednesday it got to -28…

Winter Running Kit Advice, for a -7 Kinda Day

I did my first gear test today for the running kit that Gore, Teko and Helly Hansen sent me to review for Trek and Run. The TV News Channel here had issued a severe weather warning and told people to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary, and I’m not usually so gung ho as to ignore such advice, at least not now I’m older, but I’d had it in my head that today was the day to run (I’ve been a little injured all week so I was looking forward to…

Eco Living, a new City Guide and a new Film

I’ve come across a few things online recently that I thought worth sharing. Firstly, this article that talks of 50 ideas for everyday things you can start making yourself. Each might not be cheaper than the cheapest shop bought alternatives, but it’ll be better for you, if you take care with the ingredients http://globalrejuvenation.blogspot.ca/2015/01/50-things-you-should-stop-buying-start.html Then we have this. http://robgreenfield.tv/travel-america-for-free/ You might not want to travel at all but the chap has some fine ideas and knows how to express them well. Recently I got sent a new male skincare scrub to…

Stretching

I mentioned stretching out when I made my last post about running but I didn’t elaborate on that and that’s a large omission on my part as stretching is very important. As far as I can see there’s two main sources of info regarding stretching for runners. One is everyday runners themselves, the other is people writing in running magazines and websites. The first group seem to make more sense to me, whilst the second group all too often seem like they feel they have to have a fancy idea,…