Do you remember that time we went running in Overland Park? No? Me neither. A reasonable week’s training, in which I had Pilates on Monday, a short run with the Vibrams on Wednesday (plus an hour of five-a-side footie), a decent 10k on Friday, and then this morning, I went with Mark for the usual … More Remember that time we went running in Overland Park?
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go. ‘The Waking’ by Theodore Roethke That’s a rather heavy way to start a short post. I’ve just stumbled on that poem and you can read the full thing … More The (D)evolution of man…
Well. They’re here. Postman delivered the Vibrams this morning, and fair play to the seller; he picked up the tab for postage as well. Sound man you are. They are a perfect fit, and look pretty much brand new. Very little wear. Now the fun begins. Itching to get out, needless to say, but we … More Mmmm… new(ish) shoes!
IN WHICH WE GET SOME EXERCISE THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE RUNNING, RUN OUT OF WOOD AT JUST ABOUT THE RIGHT TIME, AND HAVE A TIMELY REMINDER ABOUT THE LAMENTABLE LEVELS OF SAFETY FOR CYCLISTS ON THE ROAD… AND MAKE YET ANOTHER IMPULSIVE PURCHASE I treated our wood-burning stove to some TLC yesterday. I took the doors … More Back in the saddle
After the Donadea 50k, I wasn’t so much tired as very, very hungry! I ate anything that moved in the next few days. The watch guesstimated 4,200 plus calories died along the way for the cause. A few hot baths, a bit of foam rolling, and a couple of rubs with Deep Heat, and I was ready to … More A Spring in one’s step
Yesterday was a long day. Any day when you get up early and try to run 50k straight is probably going to constitute a long day. The night before was the classic preparation and gear check. Or in my case, multiple gear checks. But here’s the odd thing. If it’s not on the list you … More The 50@50
Stagnation. Frustration. Boredom. None of these are the right words. It’s classic pre-race jitters, and the right word just slipped from my mind. Stasis? Paralysis? No. It won’t come to me. Behind me in the office is a bag with enough running gear for a small athletic club, and possibly enough sugar to kill a racehorse. … More The storm before the calm
We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job. Winston Churchill 9th February, 1941 Okay, a quote from Churchill is perhaps an odd way to start … More Give us the tools…