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By our deeds, we are known.

The fifth carnation of the blog title.  We have moved from "Best Eaten Cold" through "On a yard" and then we went on to "Getting it done."  They've all summed up how I've felt about running at the time.  I seem to be turning full circle - Brighton gave me my second taste of revenge, still a dish best eaten cold, and I returned to "On a yard."  And the new title?  Ah, well, we're Buzzers, and by our deeds we are known...

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PB or not PB, that is the que...

Well, I’m pretty sure I know what you’ll answer to the question, but read on to find out the reason for its asking! After that oh-so-important 8 miler midweek, I knew that I was as ready as perhaps I could be for Rok The Stones; as I’ve said before, lik...

8 meaningful miles.

So, a cheeky little midweek update as I sit in Starbucks in London – I’m up at beancounters’ HQ (aka Chartered Accountants’ Hall, don’t you know!) for a “meet the examiners” conference. All very high powered I am sure. Anyway, the main reason for the up...

The trails of splendour

Afternoon all; hope all’s well in the running world. My world continues to be as busy running-wise as I can make it.  The key thing in the way is increasingly age I feel.  The old joints creak a bit from time to time now; nothing for me to moan about, a...

"You're my favourite, you are.."

Morning all. Well, another busy weekend’s running, and, boy, what fun! I’d talked in the last blog about doing a “streak” through the Christmas break – never too much distance, but some miles (at least a 5K) every day.  I tell you, it’s given me a small...

A wonderful time of year

I do love this time of year in many ways; for many, they’re dog days at the start of January – down in the dumps, not sure how to shift the weight, grumpily going back to work. On this website, of course, it’s the complete opposite in many ways – so man...

New Year, new gauntlets.

Well, I can’t even begin to explain an absence of over a month; shameful really.  The last blog was after November’s Escape from Meriden.  Was I busy at work?  Not as much as I had been.  That just makes it even more shameful.  Tsk tsk. Normally when I ...

By our deeds we are known.

Not another long and rambling one?  Yep, both the blog and the run that it describes I am afraid!  Buckle yourselves in, grab a cuppa.  You’ve been warned! The whole idea of Escape from Meriden appealed to me as soon as Dave emailed me about it.  If I’m...

Finally, a Snowdon blog!...

...I just hope it's worth the wait. Finally, a blog!  I’ve had a bit on over the days since Snowdon, as well as the need to get a few things square in my head about the way I ran.  Hence the delay.  I can’t even promise that, like the Guinness ad, “good...

And all the problems of the w...

So, I’d left the last blog on a bit of a low; you know, the rollercoaster or running and all that!  I’d said that there would now have to be one more long run before Snowdonia, and that was to be Friday.  I knew that it was too close really to a maratho...

Like it or lump it!

I didn't set out for a week of running aiming to prove that there's truth in the old adage, but that does seem to be rather the way it worked. After the euphoria of the 401 marathons (and thanks if you read that massive blog!), I knew that there was goi...

Oh what fun I had!

The summary What a few days!  Everything I needed to know about running, I found out here.  Personally, I found that I could happily run marathons for three consecutive days – I know that consolidates what I thought about my stamina.  But this was about...

But I have promises to keep..

Well, the road to redemption (part one) was as rocky as anything I’d have liked – it ended in what I still regard as a failure.  Many thanks to you all for the words of encouragement; I read them, and I understood them.  I even agreed with them, and kno...

The road to redemption, part ...

Apologies now.  It’s a truthful blog, and therefore I sound like a whinging git.  Read on if you must!  Before you do, know that I am feeling much better tonight – I’d hoped to get this blog finished before I ran today, but didn’t quite manage it.  How ...

Recalibrating the sights.

Well, where did the summer go?  For me, did it pass by in a whirl of fab running and fitness?  Hmm, not quite. You see, it went like this.  I ran The Stones, and I ran them well.  I had a week or so off for recovery, as you would.  Then, we were pretty ...

Racing to the Stones

Morning all. So, Saturday was Race to the Stones day.  How did I feel as I sat on the bus from the finish to the start?  Weird, if I’m honest – some reasons I’ll allude to as I write, but there was a sense of under-preparedness about me too.  A bit like...

Trails of my heart.

Morning all. Three runs to update on, all of them the type I love – off road! Saturday, I took part in the Cotswold Way relay as part of the Hawkesbury Runners team.  It was the first event we’d done as a team, all dressed in our striking orange.  It’s ...

Oi, someone stole my blog tit...

So, you snooze, you lose!  I was going to have the same blog title as Libby – Carlsberg don’t do running weekends…  I was going to say “and that’s because Realbuzz do them so well already, there’d be no point.”  The sentiment remains the same though; as...

Mea culpa!

Hello all.  It’s me, I used to blog around here a bit. I really don’t know what happened to May in some ways – first it was the tremendous marathon with Sir Bolty on the 4th, and then it was June.  The month passed by in a blur of teaching, marking, rep...

Why do you do it?

Why do you do it? I’m sure we’ve all been asked that question; chances are we’ve asked ourselves that same question sometimes.  Well, the answer lies in a myriad of forms, of course. The answer lies in the camaraderie of runners, especially this amazing...

Miles and smiles.

Afternoon all - hope we're all enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend. Well, I can't quite believe nearly a week has gone by since my last blog!  Fortunately, Iam able to say that it has passed in a series of runs (hardly a blur of running, given the pace, b...

Pride and Perspective.

Afternoon all. I wanted to write this blog early to keep the network clear for the real heroes of yesterday.  So, here we go. Well, it has to be pride that I start with.  There is something about the London Marathon that never ceases to stir the emotion...

For the VLM'ers, some tubthum...

OK, what follows isn't original - it's something I've been posting for three years or so now in the week before the marathon.  It seems to work, though, and so it's for you to read.  I can't profess to being a marathon expert or anything, but you won't ...

One Man and his Dog.

Well, this time last year, I told a story about a dog and a chimp.  The Gloucester dog got bloodied in Brighton, doing all it could to keep a rampant chimp from jumping out of its box and destroying so many dreams (it’s all to do with a book called The ...

It's nearly time!

  OK, so I’m at the action end now, folks (well, strictly speaking, the Phoney War end, I guess – a 2 threshold bursts of 5 mins each and a recovery run of 30 mins hardly counts as action does it!). It’s time for me to stand up and be counted, to double...