Defining my limit
“Let me tell you what I wish I'd knownWhen I was young and dreamed of gloryYou have no controlWho lives, …
Maintaining motivation when moving the goalposts
I found out this week that my target race, the Dragon 100, has been postponed. It has catalysed a whole …
Injury clinic: Achilles tenidonpathy
Back in August I sustained the injury that completely derailed my training. Up until that point I was potentially fitter …
Injury clinic: labral tear
Back in November I managed to tear my right labrum in my hip. While I have been able to run …
Injury clinic: hamstring
Okay, so I may be exaggerating here to call it an injury, but in the last week I have had …
Building a 100-mile training plan (Part 2)
In the part 1 of my blog I stressed the importance of writing down your commitment and doing research of …
How much rest is enough?
During my latest recovery week I find myself pondering (again) the conundrum of how much I should ease off for …
Building a 100-mile training plan (Part 1)
Do your research Before building an appropriate training plan it is important to do your research in a couple of …
Being sociable really does help stress levels!
Yesterday should have felt like a big success for me. Having run a total of 42.2km I completed my longest …
When “computer says no”
I suspect this reference to a rather what antiquated TV show may be lost on many people, but the outcome …
Progress check at the end of Q3
Three months to go until my hundred-mile race. It's been a topsy turvy few months of training but so far …
“I’m not a runner. Running is what I do to express my drive and passion”
I love this quote. I heard it on an episode of the Ultrarunner Podcast (ultrarunnerpodcast.com) with Jason Hardrath (listen here). …
Longest run day completed so far!
Yesterday I completed my longest run day so far – a total of 40km across three runs. That's right, I …
Progress check at the end of Q2
Okay, so I'm halfway (in fact a little over) into my year-long training plan to be ready to run a …
The joy of active recovery
When you see the word "rest day" or "recovery" referenced in training plans I think you have 2 choices as …
Winding back the clock – 3 marathons in 3 days
I dug this out of my email from 7 years ago when I did the Atlantic Coast Challenge. It was …
Winding back the clock – 100km was quite far
3 years ago today (9 September 2017) I completed my first 100km run. I realised I was savvy enough to …
Injuries: what to do when the music stops?
Okay, so this week has basically been a write-off. I find it somewhat ironic that having reported on a well-executed …
Ultra-running is inherently selfish – but don’t let that put you off!
When I talk to people about running 100 miles it is perhaps inevitable that their first reaction is to consider …
Progress check at the end of Q1
I'm now 14 weeks into my training plan, a little over a quarter of the way through. It's time to …