10-Week Training Plan – HH42 / Week 2

Week 2 started out okay; My legs felt like bricks but I sailed through my Monday 4-miler, killed my post-work Tuesday 8-miler on roads (and hills) around Harrow and spent Wednesday resting and spending time with my son. Thursday’s 6-mile easy run was tough. I struggled through it but felt horrendous; my shins started flaring…

Rivington 10 Mile Trail Challenge

Right, my latest race was in a town called Rivington… This is a beautiful scenic route that starts from the Bowling Green, Rivington Village. It then heads out towards Anglezarke car park and follows Anglezarke Reservoir to White Coppice. It then follows the path to Wheelton Plantation, follows the plantation up through the woods and…

Ultra: Holcombe Howler 42

So, I booked my first Ultra-length race – The Holcombe Howler 42 in Ramsbottom (just above Manchester). It is a 42 mile navigational ultra with no course markings and limited aid stations so it will test me massively when it comes to navigation and fell running. I am extremely excited but also massively anxious as…

COACH?: Chris Finill

Chris Finill: an extraordinary ever-present 16/04/2013 To have run every London Marathon since 1981 is an achievement worthy of praise, but to have accomplished that feat under three hours on every occasion marks Chris Finill out as a special runner indeed. But there is a thread of consistency and application in Finill’s story that offers…

Getting a coach.

I have been thinking about getting a coach. Someone to design workouts, someone to go to for ultra-running advice, and FKT know-how, someone to guide me “From 5km to FKT in one year”. I see lots of social-media-savvy runners referring to their ‘coaches’ for advice and race planning; I have had good (and bad) experiences…

Sometimes, I hate running. 

Wednesday is normally my long run day – I get my miles in early, mostly grass/trails, and sometimes even do a double. Yesterday, everything was right; perfect weather, kit ready, nutrition on point, loads of time, #theminimalists podcast, everything was set in place for a 2.5hr epic but, my legs had other plans.  So, I…