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Compete with thyself!

Training during a global pandemic with pretty much no actual races to run in has been hard for a lot of folks. I have seen it. I have felt it. Often getting some sort of purpose and motivation requires new tricks and different strategies to keep the training quality up. Virtual races have helped. They […]

Podcast: Legends of Running Endurance

This week I was a guest on the brilliant Camino Ultra Legends of Endurance Running podcast with the dynamic duo of Daz and Bone. Darren and David (Sunday name alert!) are two chaps who know the ultra game in the UK inside out and in again. It was quite the honour to chat my career, […]

No straight lines

like the classic saying about everyone having a plan till you get punched in the mouth, in ultrarunning everyone has a plan until they need their first shit

Fear, use it

It’s better to aim high and miss than to aim low and hit Andy Stewart Right, so Andy isn’t exactly Socrates or Plato. But he had a point here. When I was younger we used to sit on a Friday night imagining the weekend of football ahead and no one had more belief in me […]

Book Review: One Track Mind by Michael Stocks

Full disclosure. I know Michael. I served on a GB team with him. So, I am sure that bias plays into this book review.  What doesn’t play into that bias is the fact that I read this in just three sittings. The way he chronicles the day with a countdown over the 24 hours interspersed […]

Next Best Action

I am going to share a hack. A tip. A thing I do. And it works for me.  Before I get going. I realise it has been a looooong time since I blogged properly. But, I am committing to you now to write at least once per week. My aim is to publish at least […]

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Doubt

“Ah cannae dae it!” Roughly translated as, ‘I cannot do it’. Or, depending on the circumstances, ‘I’m shittin’ it!’ A little bit of doubt is not a bad thing. It can be the antidote to complacency. I had some serious doubt recently. As part of the Pyllon Endeavour I knew I was going to have […]

Thinking

The world is what you think it is, but there’s a world beyond your thinking. Michael O’Neill I read that statement recently. It stopped me in my tracks. It’s so true it is scary. For me it was a quite timely sentence to read. I’d just came off of the back of what was, to […]

Consistency, Consistency, Consistency

Running is great. But it is hard. The old idiom of “it doesn’t get any easier, you only get faster” really does apply. Three times in the last week I have been asked by people starting their running journey for advice. All of them were coming from a place as to how they get to […]

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