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In the words of Jesse Owens:

"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power.  You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs."

Remember; “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”

 

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So what’s occurring!?

Well it seems all of sudden there’s quite a bit occurring and December is always my quiet month.  My rule is that I never ‘race’ in December, I use the word ‘race’ in the loosest sense, so even though I’ve stuck to this it’s all a bit busy! Firstly on ...

Unconventional training as al...

It’s been a while since I followed any kind of training plan and this time round was no exception to that pattern!  At the end of September I went on holiday to Turkey for 2 weeks and whilst I ran more than ever on this holiday, 8 times in fact, it wasn...

Marathon #53 The Crafty Fox!

The number is gradually creeping up but I am still not setting myself a target as I do not want to end up being all consumed by marathon running, believe it or not I do have other priorities; holidays! So #53 was to be another inaugural race for White ...

4.5 mile laps! So how hard ca...

Bloomin’ hard is the answer!  So the premise of the race was that you could run as many or as few 4.5 mile laps within an 8 hour period as you liked.  In theory it sounds easy but in reality a lot tougher than I imagined!  If you’re sensible and decide ...

50 Marathons! What happened ...

It is absolutely true that I have no idea how I have just run my 50th marathon, the reality of it seems absolutely ludicrous!  I ran my first marathon in London, back in 2005, just 12 months after I had started running and I clearly remember crossing t...

Nepal on a Shoestring

Well this is a very self-indulgent Blog which to be honest has nothing to do with running, but I will try and mention the word so I am not a complete fraud, however I wanted to write about our Nepalese adventure so it is always there (hopefully!) for me...

A Blog with no snappy title!

So it seems my most popular stat from my last Blog and the most tested since is that everything tastes amazing after you run 26.2 miles. Especially beer!  I sincerely hope you’ve all been continuing to check this fact!  Because I practice what I preach ...

Only 20 seconds off from bein...

Brighton Marathon was all about banishing my demons and leading up to the race that was all I could think about.  The race wasn’t about pace it was just about finishing the 26.2 miles (or the 26.56 miles as it transpired on race day!), and finish it I d...

365 Days Later!

365 days ago I was entering Brighton Marathon and booking my accommodation for this forthcoming weekend.  366 days ago a return visit to Brighton was not something I had planned, but because on that day I had walked off the course at mile 12 to go to th...

More Beasts to Beast!

What a weekend of beasts both metaphorically and literally!  First my metaphorical beast to conquer!  Some might be aware that over the years I have had on-going issues with considerable pain in my right hand and during this time I’ve had every test, s...

A Blog of B’s but some B word...

So this Blog does seem to have a lot of B’s in it however some B words you may have to use your imagination for! Firstly and foremost ‘The Beast from the East’ whom scuppered our running tour to Benidorm; sad face!  12 months I had been planning our an...

Let the past go and step on i...

I don’t know how many times I have started this Blog in my head, normally when I am driving or inconveniently at 3am when the words and sentences flow freely, and then when I come to put fingers to keyboard all these words have miraculously all evaporat...

Completely clueless but lived...

With the arrival of a New Year there’s always resolutions to be made and then often broken! So instead of resolutions I have New Year changes and challenges; a new training regime, demons to banish, fears to overcome and medals to earn! My first change...

Adios 2017, Hola 2018!

Well I was going to Blog a review of 2017 in December but somehow I ran out of month before I had managed to put finger to keyboard!  So I thought I would write a brief review before writing of my Feliz año Nuevo in Espagne! Well 2017 was a year of ups...

FTP – Flippin ’eck That’s Pai...

It’s nearly 5 weeks since we were all Snowdonia bound for that epic Realbuzzers weekend and I am sure I echo everyone else when I say ‘where has the time gone’?!  The wonderful memories will stay with me forever but it scarily seems to be ages ago that ...

Back Blogging with a Bang!

Yep like the proverbial bad penny, or as Arnie once declared; I’m back!  My last Blog was back in June and I have to admit that after then for one reason and another I lost my Blogging mojo, however after a weekend spent amongst legends my wish to Blog ...

Libby’s Excellent Adventures!

Yet again I have slacked on Blogging, however this does mean I have a few tales to tell since my Dorchester Marathon adventure! First up was Chipping Sodbury parkrun on 17 June.  Now this was only my 3rd outing at a parkrun, short distances are really ...

Dorchester Marathon Rocks!

A bit of a delay in writing this one up but in brief another weekend and another marathon but of course this was no normal road marathon! Over the years of Blogging I have extolled the virtues of White Star Running events; Giants Head Marathon, The Ox,...

Time to Reassess, Re-evaluate...

It’s amazing how your life can change direction so suddenly and without warning, the last 7 weeks have certainly been a roller-coaster of emotions but as they say worse things happen at sea so it’s time to get back on track and Blog again!  My last Blo...

Not the Blog I expected to wr...

My Blogs are normally full of anecdotes and humorous tales, regrettably this one is more of a sorry tale however on a positive note it is a lot shorter than my normal ramblings! Brighton Marathon was my target race and I had been following a new trainin...

Grizzly 20 miler; Pain is ine...

So what’s it all about!  Well it’s twentyish muddy, hilly, boggy, beachy miles of the multiest-terrain running experience you will find this side of the end of time. So what’s it all about? Well, it’s by no means the toughest race around; indeed, some s...

Did we break Malta or did Mal...

Somehow over the years I have taken on the mantle of organising our annual Chippenham Harriers jolly abroad, the organisation of it does have its moments of me screaming but once we’re there the fun and laughter really does more than make up for it!  Ba...

So how long did it take until...

Another week and another road race, what are my Blogs coming to!  All this sensible training, running and racing; so un-Libbyesque!  Last Sunday was my first 20 miler of this marathon training schedule and an old favourite, if you can call it that; Bram...