The progress of the Olympic Torch™ around the UK continues to draw out an excitable few, eager to catch a glimpse of a minor celebrity – and maybe catch a free bottle of Coke™ at the same time.
It’s hard to believe that today, one month ago, I finally realised after a week of anguish that I was going to run the London marathon despite a last minute injury. It feels like a lifetime ago.
Last Wednesday I was dodging green traffic lights and wobbly paving stones at the start of the A1 on a typical urban run. But by Friday afternoon I was running up a hill in three inches of snow, enjoying crystal clear skies with only the odd deer or cairn to distract me.
This was because I’d [...]
There are times in the final stretches of marathon training when one’s love of running is seriously put to the test. As the miles increase but the final goal of 26.2 miles still seems a distant dream, the cold rain is lashing and the legs are aching, it’s inevitable there will be moments when you [...]
My two weeks enforced rest finally came to an end and once more I returned to the fold and joined my fellow runners. But it seems a lot has changed in a few weeks.
On one of my regular routes the usual smattering of dog walkers and cyclists were clearly outnumbered by runners. Where normally there [...]
On Sunday I had a lie in. With my newspaper and cup of tea in bed it had all the hallmarks of an enjoyable, lazy Sunday morning. Except it wasn’t. Because instead of reading about the Egyptian situation and the latest film reviews, I should have been lined up to start a half marathon race.
It’s been a strange week as I’ve slowly started to let the secret of my marathon training out. I’ve found myself on several occasions whispering somewhat furtively to my friends that ‘I’ve got something to tell them’.
I’ve been a runner for many years now but in recent weeks I’ve noticed it’s starting to take over my life.
As the end of January approaches, most of the population heaves a sigh of relief, glad to see the misery month draw to a close. But for us London Marathon wannabes it means the reality [...]
Boxing, sprinting, kayaking, rock climbing, Olympic lifts and more – all in a Christmas day’s work during the tennis off-season
Gone are the days when tennis players (we’re talking about you, John McEnroe) spent the Christmas break eating turkey with all the trimmings and nursing their sore limbs and tired minds after 40-odd weeks travelling around the world. Oh no. Andre Agassi boosted the off-season training trend in somewhat un-festive fashion – running up hills on Christmas day.
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