The Good Stuff of 2012

It stuck me that my ‘Unresolved’ post was almost entirely negative.  It was all about what I didn’t do in 2012, what I failed to achieve. Well, I’m not going to let 2012 pass without adding some balance because in 2012 two brilliant, never to be repeated things happened… The Olympic Park Run In March Read More …

running is spiritual

My friend Scott is a kayaker.  He’s recently written a book, Holy Whitewater, about the spirituality of kayaking and it’s good that he has.  There is something hugely spiritual about paddling down a river through amazing scenery, steering a course and using the current. But… I don’t like kayaking.  I don’t care how spiritual it is.  Read More …

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The weather had been hot and sunny all week but there was a glimmer of hope… much of the Edinburgh marathon is run along the East coast, a part of the world famous for harr (mist from the sea), and the forecast was cloudy for Sunday morning. That was until yesterday. The sun came out Read More …

further

Yesterday I ran further than I’ve ever run before.  22km (13.6 miles) in 2:14:35 and it hurt! The thing is that I’m not feeling too bad today.  My legs are a bit stiff but they should be after that kind of distance.  Nothing hurts more than it should and the only real side effect was Read More …

up and down

Recovery is very rarely straight forward. It was all going so well.  I felt good after the short 2k run last week and even though my treatment on Thursday was painful at the time I felt brilliant the next day. I ran a gentle 5k on Friday and felt great. I’d spent the weekend sitting.  Read More …

Progress

If I had to give marks out of 10 for runs then it might seem odd that a 2km run at slightly faster than walking pace should get a 10… but when it’s your first run for a month after a painfully pulled gluteus medius then 10 is most definitely deserved.   (the dip in Read More …

road to recovery

I had my second visit to sports therapist, Grant McLullich, yesterday for more painful massage.  The good news is that my injury is improving, the bad news is that I’m still off the road.  I’ve to go back again next Thursday after trying a very short run on Wednesday to see how I react. It’s Read More …