What goes up…

…always goes up a little bit more than originally anticipated. (If you’re local, and ever attempted to run up Pincents Lane, you’ll know...

Task 3 – tell other people

Be brave and bold. Tell someone else what you’d like to be different. Don’t feel the need to explain yourself or justify it, just tell...

What else?

Recently, I’ve asked my runners what they do that’s not running. I was pleasantly surprised that they have a whole heap of fitness and...

Task 2 – list what’s going well

Write down, draw, think about everything that’s going well. Be really specific and think of everything you can, from making the bed to...

Mud, mud, GLORIOUS mud!

Traditionally, the cross-country season would be under way by now, and fields up and down the land would be filled with...

Task 1 – know what you want

What is it that you’d like to be different? What is it that you want? How would you describe it to someone else? Write it down; draw it;...

Ten Tasks

This year hasn’t been much fun for anyone really. If it wasn’t the devastating storms at the start of the year, it was the political...

Time to make a change…

10 weeks left of 2020. What will you do with those 10 weeks? Changing behaviour, especially if it’s become habitual, can be hard. There’s...

The Good Book

I bought this book about 25 years ago, from a second-hand bookshop on the Isle of Wight. My mum tried to dissuade me, as she felt that £6...

Reasons and excuses; excuses and reasons

Is this you…? “Sorry, I can’t go to <insert event> because I have to run 12 miles tomorrow.” How about…? “Sorry, I can’t do that training...

The Long, Slow Run

If you’re training for an event or trying to build up your stamina to run further, the LSR will become an important part of your...

Dressing for the conditions

After the longest, hottest summer on record (or so it felt), the weather’s definitely turned. If you’re going to be out in all weathers...

How do you feel about your body?

I’m not really into memes, especially ‘health and fitness’ ones because they’re usually a bit glib. That said, this one does the rounds...

The benefits of running

Various organisations and experts suggest that there are five key ways to wellbeing and I’m pretty sure that running offers access to all...

How’s your performance?

This cycle represents a very basic outline of what’s required to improve athletic performance. Without the right training, recovery and...

Where are you going?

What do you want to get from running? Do you want to be faster? To lose weight? To run further? Perhaps you just want to stay fit and...

Tilehurst Runs Together

*** UPDATE 13th October 2020 *** I have been asked by a few people about resuming group outruns. Tilehurst Run Together operates under...

Do you ‘just run’?

Someone once told me, “Just go out and run.” If your main aim is to enjoy running, that’s a perfectly sensible strategy to take. If your...

Eating for running

Lots of people ask me about nutrition and what they should or shouldn’t eat for running. I leave specific advice to the professionals,...