18 Miles to Celebrate my Birthday

Birthday Run

The stats and images from my first week of training for the Chelmsford Marathon 2018 (and my eighth marathon), which ended with a strong 18-mile, long run on my birthday.

Reducing my Running Load

The stats and images from my ninth week of training for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018. I successfully reduced my running load.

Returning to my Running Club

Reducing my Training Load

The stats and stories from my seventh week of training for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018. I successfully focused on reducing my training load.

Week of Building Endurance

Building My Endurance, Injury-Free

The stats and stories from my sixth week of training for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018. I successfully focused on increasing my mileage.

Accepting a Recurring Injury

Gym Selfie

The story behind an unexpected injury that forced me to adjust my training in only my second week of preparations for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018.

Weir Wins at Home Again

David Weir racing London Marathon 2018

My opinion of David Weir, the T54 wheelchair racer, who keeps winning the London Marathon, and my thoughts on how great an athlete he is.

Mitigating the Challenges of Ultramarathons

Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel (2013) by Jason Robillard

Read my book review of Jason Robillard's unorthodox ultramarathon guide 'Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel'.

Advice and Benefits of Running Off-Road

Learn important advice from former elite fell runner Sarah Rowell in my review of her book 'Off-Road Running'.

The Meaningful History of Running

Read how running has changed over time according to the intriguing facts I extracted from Paul Owen's book 'For the Love of Running'.

Alternative Measures of Running Success

Read my review of Lisa Jackson's book 'Your Pace or Mine?', which details her journey from fearing exercise to embracing marathons and fellow runners.

Smart Pacing for my First Negative Split Marathon

Discover how I ran a new marathon personal best with a negative split and enjoyed every moment of the race.

Running Tips from Lazy Girl

Discover the levelheaded approach that Laura Fountain, a UK qualified athletics coach, takes to running. The discussions in her podcast episodes remind me of the value of running buddies.

Expert Advice from Ultrarunner Lisa Tamati

Read what I extracted from Lisa's extraordinary ultrarunning adventures detailed in her book 'Running to Extremes'.

Vegan Super Blueberry Smoothie

This cold light concoction has a strong blueberry taste. It is nutritious with plenty of water and quality protein inside.

4 Running Lessons from Playing Badminton

Find out how I began playing badminton and the four ways in which the racket sport complemented my running.

Book Review: Marathon Man by Rob Young

Read my book review of 'Marathon Man' by Rob Young and discover the astonishing feats of endurance he accomplished.

Why I Listen to the Strength Running Podcast

Discover what I have already learnt from listening to the podcast hosted by renown running coach and author Jason Fitzgerald.

Audiobook Review: ‘Eat and Run’ by Scott Jurek

Read the career successes of ultramarathon legend Scott Jurek, the people that influenced him and his running advice.

Book Review: ‘Keep on Running’ by Phil Hewitt

I summarise the valuable experiences marathon addict Phil Hewitt outlines in his book 'Keep on Running'.

Book Review: ‘Finding Gobi’ by Dion Leonard

Read my book review of 'Finding Gobi' by Dion Leonard and discover his incredible running adventure with his small dog.

Book Review: ‘Swim Bike Run’ by Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee

Learn from the talented triathlete duo the Brownlee Brothers in my book review od 'Swim Bike Run'.

Audiobook Review: ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’

Discover the running story and advice from radio personality Vassos Alexander in his audiobook book 'Don't Stop Me Now'.

Race Report: Bungay Black Dog Marathon 2017

Read my race report from an undulating Suffolk marathon, where I almost accomplished my dream of qualifying for the London Marathon.

Audiobook Review: ‘Running with the Kenyans’

Read the many teachings from Kenyan running culture in Adharanand Finn's audiobook 'Running with the Kenyans'.

Book Review: ‘A Life Without Limits’ by Chrissie Wellington

Read my book review of 'A Life Without Limits' written by former World Triathlon Champion Chrissie Wellington.

Audiobook Review: ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’ by Haruki Murakami

Learn what I extracted from the running memoir of famous novelist Haruki Murakami.