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Around the World Running Bloggers

Hi everyone!
Just thought I would re-blog this awesome challenge that I’m participating in. Organised by Kylabee at Motivation it’s an around the world relay where runners who blog or bloggers who run join up and see how many miles we can cover in March and April.
As it’s only just started Kylabee is still taking entries, just fill in the entry form and you’re in. Hoping we can get some more people running, especially from the Southern Hemisphere!

Happy running everyone!


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Around the World Running Blog Relay 2014

A great idea for a Running Blog Relay. I hope that you’ll read Kylabee’s post on Motivation and join in!

Blogging and Running

Today I was going to post a recap of my marathon, however when I opened my dashboard in WordPress I noticed an interesting fact.

99 posts. 

99 posts. That got me thinking. The next post would be 100 posts. Did that mean anything? I decided it did. Not really the number itself, but what the number represents. I see it as a milestone, a marker point along a journey, one I didn’t know where I was being taken, nor who I would meet along the way. And I think that’s the crux of it, really.


Some 6 months ago I started this blog, when I was injured. I’d been off running for several weeks already and I figured that if I couldn’t be running, I may as well be talking about running. Maybe that’s a puerile thing to say but I embarked on the blog anyway. With absolutely no clue about what I was doing or how to do it – I figured I would learn along the way. So here I am, 100 posts later still without much of a clue, but thankfully free of injury!

Anyway, I digress. What this post is really about is not about what started me blogging, but why I keep blogging. And the answer really is simple. You. I didn’t know what to expect when I started blogging, however the one big thing I hadn’t even imagined when I started blogging was the people that *make* blogging. You guys. I had no idea that out there is a fantastic group of bloggers who run, all with their own amazing blogs, all part of a real community. And you all welcomed me into to the fold, shared your story, and joined in mine.

Ok, this is turning into a schmaltz-fest reminiscent of a late-90s Oscars award speech so I’ll wrap it up here with a “Thanks everyone for reading!” and a list of some of my favourite blogs that I’ve come across to date. These people have all got amazing stories, sometimes funny, almost always inspiring, and they are top people to boot, and they have become an important part of my blog world. Unfortunately, I can’t list everyone on my reading list, because, well, I’d be here until it was time to be writing my 200th post…

In no particular order:

  1. Tom from 278toBoston. Tom’s story about why he started running is just great; he is a prolific poster and a thoughtful and frequent commenter.
  2. Anne-Marie from Unsporty Women Can Run. Anne-Marie, who is now a SportyWoman by the way, has progressed from self-confessed ‘unsporty’ to being about to run the world’s toughest half marathon.
  3. Maybe Marathoner. Always insightful, and always hilarious. And she has a bad dog who’s actually a good dog in disguise.
  4. Relentless Forward Commotion. Interested in OCR? Get your fill here with some great race recaps, reviews and a super story along the way.
  5. Andy from Imarunnerandsocanyou. Andy has a great blog, and is quite the authority on racing in and around the North East of the US, not to mention a pretty handy marathoner as well.
  6. CJ from One Day at a Time. About to embark on her NYC marathon adventure, CJ has been taking it one day at a time as she gets back into running.
  7. Mind Margins. Angela is a runner and outdoor enthusiast who just happens to have a very different goal for the time being.
  8. Miss.Onceuponamarathon. An avid cook who happens to like the odd marathon. Or is it the other way around? Now she is recovering from injury, she’s also become a handy distance swimmer too!
  9. From Snickers to Marathon. A self confessed couch potato turned fitness fanatic, OCR devotee and marathoner.
  10. Laura from Lazy Girl Running. Laura has taken herself off the sofa and into running, then swimming and cycling. With marathons and other things along the way, Laura recently completed her first Ironman 70.3. Laura is also the inspiration behind the Running Group my friend and I have started – my girlfriend is a member of Laura’s running group!
  11. Tartan Jogger. Much to love about the adventures in slow running of this Scottish lass, who doesn’t mind a bit of fancy dress while running some of her (not so slow) untimed runs she squeezes between her altogether more competitive endeavours.
  12. Angry Jogger. There is nothing like reading a post by Matt to split your sides. And this guy doesn’t shy away from telling some home truths about how it is to be an Angry Jogger. The most valuable thing I’ve learnt from Matt is to always check what I’m wiping with…

So, onwards to the 101st post. I really need to get my race recap written…

Happy running everyone!


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R.I.C.E. for Runners


Some great tips for post-race or long run recoveries from “Live. Run. Grow”.
I’ll be doing these in a fortnight after Palma de Mallorca marathon for sure!

Originally posted on Live, Run, Grow:

I’m heading out for my last long training run today before the Marine Corp Marathon in 3 weeks, so I thought I’d share with you how I recover after long runs and races – enjoy!

You’ve probably heard the acronym R.I.C.E. – Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation. – for treatment of injuries.

Well, even though I don’t think a 20 mile training run or a marathon is formally classified as an injury you sure are giving your body one heck of a beating, so not surprisingly a lot of the R.I.C.E. steps are great for recovery!

R is for ROLL.

Yes, when it comes to running R is for ROLL, not REST!

While your body does need rest to recover from a long run, I wouldn’t suggest planting yourself on the couch for the rest of the day after your long run, for now keep moving!

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Marathon training : Mystery toe pain

Hmmm. I seem to be developing a new ‘injury’ – I use the word loosely – that I’ve not had before, and one that I’m having trouble pinpointing the cause, or remedy.

Recently I’ve developed pain in my second smallest toe on my right foot. Not thinking much of it I continued to run, and build up the miles as my marathon training went on. However, as the miles increased, so has the pain, until after a 10 mile run home from work on Wednesday I was in a lot of pain. Not enough to force me to abandon the run, but enough to make me nervous about how much it will be hurting after 26.2 miles in two weeks time. Read the rest of this entry

Two-for-Tuesday : Where my running is OK, but I’m rubbish at yoga

Last night I did another ‘Two-for-Tuesday’, a run followed by a yoga class.

The run was fine, though I did have heavy legs from my 20 miler on Sunday. The yoga, a different story altogether. My poses and flow are, well, downright awful, so there’s still none of this happening:


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Dear Santa…

My name is Bernie and I live in a big city called London. But you already knew that.

I live in a house in a street with my cat. She is only little, but she is growing really big! But you already knew that too.

I’ve been a good boy all year, I have been good at my work, good at football, good with my running, and good and kind to people and give up my seat on the bus for the older people and the pregnant ladies and everything. I even did a race for charity. Hopefully you knew all that.

The reason I’m writing is because for my Christmas present I just want this:


A Garmin Forerunner 620 with the HRM-Run. ‘Coz it is really cool and awesome and has some tricksy stuff in it that will make me a better runner. And also ‘coz it looks really cool.

Anyway, I hope it’s nice weather in the North Pole and the Elves have made sure all the presents are well packed and the sled is oiled and the vet managed to sort out Rudolph’s nose. You know, with the glowing and all that.



P.S. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, Mr Pete Larson from Runblogger wrote about this cool watch the other day on his website.

P.P.S. I know that you ate all the cookies I left out last year, and those from all my friend’s houses. So if, you know, need to lose a couple of pounds, I write a blog about running, and also have a Facebook page and you can even ‘connect’ with me on my Garmin profile. Do they have GPS in the North Pole?

Running: Cheap or Costly?


I think running should cost you. And I don’t mean in monetary terms for buying kit. Like Patrick from ‘Run5kaday’, I mean by running having a ‘cost’ it therefore can be ascribed a ‘value’.
Be it time, physical or emotional cost – it should cost you something. If you reach a point where you see no cost, you see no value. Very few people will continue the pursuit of a valueless item.
Run until it hurts, push your boundaries, lament your inability to run as far/fast as you want, but never give up, keep chasing your goals.
Know that the more it costs you, the more value it has.

Originally posted on Run5kaday's Blog:

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Running: Cheap or Costly?

by Patrick Reed

How much does running cost you? I don’t mean in terms of dollars and cents. For certain, ours is an inexpensive sport when it comes to the pocket book. Even the runner bedecked with the top of the trade Garmin Fenix GPS watch ($395), a set of Jabra bluetooth enabled wireless headphones ($100), the latest Nike Air Max 95 etc., etc., etc., ($149 on sale — shown below:), and all the other latest gear — say $100 for shorts for the year, $200 for tops and a $150 sweatsuit — all of that comes down to a monthly expenditure of less than $92 a month. Okay, that is almost 22 vanilla lattes a month – gulp! Still, compared to that new elite performance tennis racket or set of golf clubs — not to mention greens fees/club fees., etc., and we are well outspent…

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Music for running : an open question

I’m on the underground on my to my last game of the Aussie rules season in London, with my “footy pump up” mix blasting into my ears and this got me thinking – why don’t I need music to run? I’ve read many articles that show that listening to music while running improves performance (one article I read said by up to 15%!), but I’ve never seen it or felt it myself.

I’ve tried music while running, especially during the training schedule for my first marathon, with various experiments of headphones and equipment, different sizes of iPods, different carriers etc and I’ve always returned back to empty ears. Am I doing something wrong?

My running playlists have all used music that I find get me going, with tempo around 160 – 170 beats per minute (I read somewhere that was optimum tempo for runners).

I’ve tried using apps which have a ‘boost’ song – hit the button when you feel you’re lagging and you pre-selected ‘boost’ song comes on.

I’ve tried music playlists specifically made for running. I bought Drive: Nike+ Original Run by Chrystal Method, a continuous 45 minute mix perfect for a medium length tempo run.

But I still return to empty ears. Something about the music makes me feel disconnected from what my body is doing during the run. Especially on my hardest runs.

So, I don’t really have a point in this post, it’s actually a question for you.

Do you listen to music when you run or exercise? What sort of music? Do you use it for motivation, or for distraction? In what ways does music help you?

Success filled running everyone!


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An Open Letter to the Lady in the Way Too Huge Cotton Tee


A great read for any beginner! You might not be fast, you might not run far, but if you see other runners out there, don’t cross the road! Be proud that you are working your ass off starting out. And remember that we all remember what that was like…

Originally posted on It's A Marathon AND A Sprint:


I see you. Lately, I see you often. I am here, running behind you. Even though you never acknowledge me. I know you hear me. I know you can see me from the corner of your darting eyes. You cross the street, as far away as you can get from me, every time you feel I am too near.

You won’t look up.

You are running. Even though I am certain you don’t believe that you are. In fact, I know you don’t believe it. There you are looking straight down at your feet, willing them to move faster. They are not being compliant. Your stride lacks confidence. You are unsure. Your legs are not as strong as you would like them to be and it is bothering you. It’s bothering you immensely. You are frustrated. I can see it. You shuffle along, huffing and puffing, in a four…

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