Distance or speed or both?

I’m often asked, “Can you get faster and run further or do you need to train for one OR the other?” Whatever our goals as runners, our...

Effort

Everyone’s trying their best. It might not look like it, you might not notice, but they are. This isn’t a competition about who’s trying...

Patience

Very few of us are gifted the genes that allow us to run well without practicing. Building up our strength endurance (stamina) takes time...

How’s today?

Stand up. Have a stretch. Find a way to get some outside air. #breathe #outdoors #stop

2020 and Dendrochronology

Turning 40 in the midst of a pandemic has its advantages: the time and inclination for self-reflection has been optimum and contributed...

Running Reflections

2020 may not have been the year you’d planned, but what have you done well? Where are your wins? If they’re hard to find, what are you...

Task 10 – be proud

Take a breath. Take stock. Thank your helpers. Be proud of what you’ve achieved. Go into 2021 knowing that you CAN take control. Go for...

Zero. 0. Nothing. None.

You know where you are with a zero. Put in nothing and you’ll never fail. It’s comfortable and easy and requires no effort. Make no...

Task 9 – reflect on success

How well have you done? What has got you to this point? How do you know you’ve done brilliantly? Look back at your small goals and...

Failing to win

If you want to run faster, you must try running faster. If you want to get stronger, you must use your muscles until they’re tired and...

Task 8 – listen carefully

Who’s got your back? Who’s supporting your change? Who is helping you? Listen to them. These are the people who will deliver the hard...

“I’m sorry but…”

I have a lovely friend who seems to start every spoken sentence with these words (and, increasingly, every written one too) and I’m not...

Being together

I miss running with other people. I don’t miss races, but I miss Saturday morning off-road splashes with my running buddies and coaching...

Task 7 – ask for help

Where are you stuck? What’s stopping you from moving on? Do you need to ask for help? Don’t be afraid to get someone else to look at the...

Banana skins

“Start as you mean to go on”… This is a great expression, but can be a little frustrating. As an excellent procrastinator, I can find...

(Not) Running makes you (un)happy

It’s well-known that running, being outdoors and general activity are all really good for your brain. It’s not just that these things...

Task 6 – stay stubborn

(I love donkeys!) Stick with it. You’ve done brilliantly so far. Go back to Task 1 and remind yourself of all the little details you...

Task 5 – celebrate success

What have you already achieved? How far have you got towards your main aim?* Look at all of the small goals you’ve achieved along the...

Planning

Are you making plans at the moment? It’s hard, with the possibility of further race cancellations and postponements, to think about what...

Task 4 – set small goals

You know what you want but it still feels out of reach, yes? Set yourself some tiny goals to achieve your main aim. Make the tasks so...