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In praise of Parkrun … and in search of motivation

I’m a bit of a Parkrun convert and I ran my 6th Cleveland Parkrun today. When Parkrun first came on my radar I thought that maybe it wasn’t serious running so I wasn’t interested, but obviously that’s rubbish. Now like so many others I’m hooked, and I’ve shuffled my schedule to be able to fit […]

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Food Fads, FODMAP and more Running

The idea that you are what you eat has come under fire in recent times. Fat is no longer (always) the enemy, nor are carbs, and upping protein at the expense of good quality carbs is not, it seems, always the best idea. Diets like Paleo have been copping a lot of flak, and you […]

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Gym swings, food facts and more kilometres run …

Until yesterday I was almost convinced I was about to change my gym. But lying in bed last night I had second thoughts. Part of the appeal was undoubtedly the thrill of something new – a new gym, a new routine. But a new routine isn’t new for long. So then I started to think […]

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Keeping track to stay on track

There’s nothing like the Monday weigh in after a great holiday to focus the mind on better eating and prompt a renewed commitment to a consistent training routine. But just to make this Monday a little different from every other Monday where I’ve found myself enthusiastically committing to a regime of 1000 calories and three […]

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10km or not 10km … that is the question

I used to run 10km races all the time as a Sydney Strider. I ran my 10km pb at one of the monthly races as well as lots of other nearly but not quite pb times. But when I moved to Brisbane in October 2014 (well the-Redlands-so-not-really-Brisbane but let’s not quibble about a few kilometres […]

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Not all kilometres are created equal (or you get what you train for!)

Taking stock of recent and not so recent training A couple of things haven’t happened since mid-March according to my spreadsheets. I haven’t done a weights session and I haven’t been out on my bike. I fixed that today. A few things have happened since mid-March (not recorded on my spreadsheets :)). I moved house […]

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Old runners and old running shoes

I wrote a blog post back in mid-2012 about what a great excuse running was to buy shoes. I finished up saying although it’s great to find that special one – the shoe that fits you like a glove and seems to anticipate your every stride (OK maybe not) – you should keep your options […]

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Time Trials & Running Buddies

There’s nothing like well-kept training records to remind you how fast you ran once. Struggling to the finish of a not particularly impressive club 5km time trial last Saturday despite some speed work this year and I’m tempted to think my best might be behind me. I’m no elite by any means but running is […]

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Running on Empty

It’s about 7 weeks until the Australian Running Festival in Canberra and I’ve signed up for the half marathon. I wasn’t going to this year since getting from Brisbane to Canberra has more logistical challenges than getting from Sydney to Canberra but I love this event and I’ve run it every year it’s been on […]

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Random musings on my recent running

I’ve run about 245km in April so far and my last 6 runs have all been 15km at varying average speeds. Yesterday and the same time last week I trotted round in an average of about 5:17/km but today I was a bit knackered and it was 5:30/km. The quicker ones have usually been after […]

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