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I'm running the London Marathon on 23 April 2017 to raise £2000 for Shelter. It's my first marathon and I feel quite nervous about it. I'm not usually very good at exercise type things, but I do quite like blogging, so maybe this is a good compromise activity.

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The end is near again

One of the stranger parts of my transition from fag smoking lazy-bum to marathon-running occasional fag smoking lazy-bum has been the amount of running web content and books which I’ve been absorbing. You can waste hours reading old Runnersworld and rea...

Dallow, Spicer, Pinkie, Cubit...

“My next big run will be the Brighton Half-Marathon on Sunday. My first ever proper half-marathon. I feel like it’s gonna be a good one. Shall I set a target? Ah go on. I’m going to aim to do it in less than 2.15. And if I can come in at under 2.10 that...

15 miles is not a sensible di...

I ran 15 miles on Saturday. 15 miles! This was the longest run I've ever done and another big milestone really. I particularly enjoyed running north through Tottenham and up to Enfield. I regularly go through Lordship Recreation Ground and it’s always a...

Why won't it snow? Like they ...

Another week of training has gone by and it’s been pretty ace from start to finish. It began with an uninteresting and rather tough morning run around Hornsey and Crouch End. Nothing wrong with it as such, but maybe one of those runs you just quickly fo...

Oi! Be Careful!

My last post on here was a rather worrying one – in the sense that reading it back, I sound fairly bonkers and in quite a bad headspace at having missed a few training runs. I’ve taken it down because I link to this site from my sponsorship page and did...

Down by the River

Today was quite a day. This morning I ran my first ever half-marathon, stomping out the house, along the Lea all the way to Limehouse Basin and then west along the river. I crossed at Tower Bridge (and yes, as I did so, the thought of April 23rd definit...

Hymn for the runs we didn't do

Well I can't say that running has been my top priority over the last few days. Indeed, it has been rather effectively overtaken by my systematic consumption of the three critical foodgroups: cheese, cooked meats and the type of red energy drink which co...

In the cold, cold night

It has been a week of tricky runs and minor breakthroughs. Washed down with stollen and mince pies. The Baileys hasn't been opened yet, but I've little else planned for tonight.   I went out on my first night-run ever today. Well I suppose it was more o...

There and back again

I've had a strange week. It started brilliantly as I burst through the double figures mark and completed my first ever 10 mile run. I stumbled up through Tottenham and Edmonton as far as Picketts Lock, then stumbled back along the Lea Navigation. It was...

Get your app on

It's hard to overstate just how important apps and my iphone have been to my running progress over the past few years. I first got into running in 2011. I was living in the rice fields of Okayama, Japan and looking to lose a bit of rice-based weight gai...

Off to the Royal Parks for a ...

I finally went out and upgraded my running shoes! After five years of running in the same crappy trainers, I now have a blue, rather pretty pair of Nike Lunar Glide 8s. They have a very odd design on the bottom - a bit like a sort of massive white cushi...

Bit by bit

Today I completed my longest ever run - an 8 mile circular efort from the Harringay ladder, across to the Lee River and out onto the fringes of Hackney. The River Lee Navigation (to give it its proper title) runs from Hertfordshire all the way into cent...

I was only supposed to run 5k

I was only supposed to run 5k. That was the idea, when I downloaded the Active Couch 2 5k app. At the time, I was living in Okayama, a small Japanese city. Most of my runs were around rice fields. I'd occasionally encounter students from the school I wa...