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 …

positive

I didn’t see much of the London Marathon yesterday as I was at church but I did listen to some of the coverage on the radio as I was driving there. I was struck, yet again, but the amazing capacity people have for hope, for good and for generosity. People who don’t run wake up 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 …

Happy 2nd Birthday Strathclyde parkrun

Today dawned cold, clear and crisp, all the things you want for a good parkrun.  Alright, perhaps not quite as cold with a little less breeze, but this is Scotland in April. 157 runners assembled to run Strathclyde parkrun #103 and celebrate the parkrun’s 2nd birthday. I’ve not run quick since last year.  My 42:52 Read More …

Making History

31 March 2012 – A once in a lifetime day – The National Lottery Olympic Park Run Last year I entered the draw for the National Lottery Olympic Park Run. They would pick 5,000 runners from all 40,000 entrants to be the first people to run in the Olympic Stadium. I won a place. I Read More …