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  • Apr08201610:29 p.m.

    Music motivates Latest

    The hand-claps in the chorus of ‘Happy’ by Pharell Williams are a metronome for the left foot strike of a 5’7” runner at 8:20 minute mile pace. I know this beca...

  • Feb1920168:50 p.m.

    At one with ...

      Entering the business end of training for London. Steer through the next eight weeks without injury and rack up a few hundred miles on...

  • Dec3020155:52 p.m.


    Had I kept them, these are what my first ever running spikes would look like today. And if I’d kept using them, there would, of course, only be tattered...

  • Dec0920155:09 p.m.

    Mince pies have arrived

    It’s that time of year when the training has to be stepped up a gear to counteract the deluge of mince pie action. What is it about December? I could...

  • Nov26201511:50 p.m.

    Give it some welly

    Meet the boot. I’m hoping this fella will sort out my Achilles tendon and get me back on the miles. Nothing serious, just a way of keeping the calf...

  • Oct2720151:58 p.m.

    Lift Off

    So we're off again ... London Marathon training with the backing of St John Ambulance.  Love it. This time we're running it, not surviving it. Kept up the...

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