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A week has passed and I can almost feel my sausage toes again which prompts me to try to jot down some thoughts on the Madeira Island Ultra Trail, so here goes….. MIUT was one of those races which you don’t remember in order. Random moments jump into your consciousness and these little vignettes invariably […]

Be Humble

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Be Humble That way you won’t be distressed when that old guy comes floating off the hill on another path and hands you your ass on a plate. Even though that old guy is probably younger than you Even though you are 3 hours into a long run and he probably isn’t long out the […]

Learning Lessons

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It has been a while since I have written something here, mainly because I didn’t really have too much to say.  This year has been a bit of a write off on the running front, which is OK I guess as we can’t keep going further, higher, faster forever and sometimes life gets in the […]

Warming Up

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I am a great fan of warming up. One of my great frustrations is watching runners who do Parkrun stand around with hands in pockets before setting off for a 5K run and then wonder why it feels hard and why they never quite perform as well as they would like. Same applies to new […]

Inadvertantly Mooned

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Inadvertantly Mooned Somehow, someone ended up on my blog today by searching the web for the phrase “inadvertantly mooned”. This is a tad surprising on two counts: first that someone would search for pages relating to inadvertant mooning and secondly that my blog contains that very phrase! Which is a slightly different start to tonight’s […]

20 Pearls of Running Wisdom

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The best runners are patient There are no shortcuts Going further is easier than going faster To go further, slow down To go faster, carry less weight and try harder People get nicer the further you run To achieve a goal, follow the programme That runner over there has the same worries as you and […]

Listening to your body

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As runners we are supposed to listen to our bodies. Mine has taken a bit of a beating recently so I dragged it out for a 9 mile run this morning and kept an ear open to hear what it was saying. This is what I heard Feet: My left foot was fine, no problems […]