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 it in most weeks, and…

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Memories of The North Face 100

Entries for the 2016 North Face 100 open this week, and while I’ve got no plans to do it I thought it might be fun to revisit the article I wrote for the Sydney Striders club magazine Blister just after I completed this event for the first (and only) time back in 2010. The Preamble There’s nothing like the breathless…

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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 better actually have Coeliac disease…

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A Long Run with Water Views

Treadmill running will only ever be a fall back for me because one of the greatest pleasures of running is being outside. It’s the reason no two runs are the same, and whether it’s city streets or country paths there’s always a new view. Even though I get fed up with some of my running routes I’d take any of…

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Parkrun … what Parkrun?

I can always tell when I’m running on a calorie deficit, especially in the first weeks of a bit of a fat loss program. Runs that are usually pretty easy are harder as my body gets used to using different energy sources … i.e. from the fat I’ve been carrying around rather than the excess of glucose I’ve been shovelling…

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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 a bit more rationally about…

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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 for the sake of you…

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Listen, act, learn … recover, run

I’m a writer and a reader, but I’m not always a listener. After a few weeks of heel pain that Dr Google suggested might be plantar fasciitis or some sort of tendonitis I finally went to see a podiatrist. After a thorough examination he said yep it probably was and that I should cut back to a maximum of four…

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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 open. Nearly three years later…

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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 relative … and I was…

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