Friday thoughts #4: Resilience


What is resilience anyway? Some call it mental toughness. I like to think of it as your ability to ride out problems. In the first Friday thought I touched upon some of the themes that align to resilience and a few folks have asked me to go a bit deeper on it. Being able to…

Friday thoughts #3: Adaptable


How you react to an event, a setback or even a boost, will determine a lot about both immediate and longer term implications of said event. We are shaped by our experiences, but I would argue we also shape our experiences. One of the least used words in racing, training and running is adaptability. Yet…

Friday thoughts #2: Irrelevance is not a bad thing


Whenever I am asked to recite a running anecdote I have a vast bucket of mental yarns to dip into. We all have great wee stories that can get a reaction ranging from belly laughs to boaking and everything in between. One of my favourites is from a tortuous Edinburgh Marathon from god knows what…

Friday thoughts #1: Goals!


Mindset plays a massive part in achieving your running goals. There is no two ways about it. For many it will be the pass or fail factor when it comes down to what they end up realising. I’ve written before about knowing what you want and having a true hunger for that. Today, well, it’s…

My five favourite running moments of 2016


Sometimes a personal blog can be all about yourself. I guess that is inevitable. It is easy to get caught in the trap of talking about your own experiences so much that your forget there are other things going on. Other achievements being had. Other experiences being made. I was mulling this over on my…

Race Report: Self Transcendence 24 Hour Race


Bold. Very bold. That was the words used by both my coach and crew when we came up with the Tooting 24 plan. And they weren’t talking soap powder. In November last year, Paul Giblin and I met in Pret on Bothwell Street, Glasgow. I had a white coffee and a quinoa dish. Paul something…