Disappointment is the most powerful of motivators


It’s nearly a week since the IAU 24 Hour World Championships. I am over it, honest. I really am. Wednesday morning striding (with a Billy Connolly narrated NCP car parking attendant limp) the two miles to work was the first time I’d be truly alone with my thoughts and the enormity of what I had…

Race Report: IAU 24 Hour World Championship


By now most people who will read this will already be aware that I dropped part way through the IAU 24 Hour World Championships in Belfast. It hurts physically, mentally and emotionally. I won’t deny that. I am pretty philosophical about it all. And outwardly that is how I am presenting it. But, I also…

Friday thoughts #13: Racing


Well. That’s it. We’ve come to the end of the #fridaythoughts series. 13 articles on a variety of subjects. Some have called them insightful, others more like brain farts. What better subject to finish on that racing? There’s probably hundreds but I am already committed now so let’s do this. Racing is a funny word….

Friday thoughts #12: Futility


Futility. Taken from the word futile. Which in Glasgow tradesman parlance could be “that’ll take a few tile tae fix…” (geddit, few tile? Oh FFS!) but in the case of this week’s Friday Thoughts, it is something completely different. Maybe even starting with such a bad joke could be said to be a lesson in…

Friday thoughts #11: Goals


“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question I ask people a lot. A lot of folks wander around aimlessly with no ambitions. Many just want to be happy and content, which is arguably the most laudable goal of all. What many miss though is what is it that makes…

Friday thoughts #10: Positive Disruption


My Pyllon Racing buddy John Connolly was chatting to me (in electronic form via the popular and still encrypted communication tool known as Whatsapp) about changes in his training schedule. He called it Positive Disruption. It got us into an exchange about what it meant. And how it applies in running. The thought had been…