Brain Pickings: On thinking fast and running slow

Last week I struggled with my long run. The issue was not so much physical as mental. I found myself counting down every kilometre, my mind jumping from fatigue, to boredom, to hunger (I'm still running fasted, although with my distances mounting I think I'm reaching the tipping point at which I can do this) [...]

Embrace your bad runs, listen to your body and other wise words from the Runners Connect Podcast

This weekend, while I was searching for an audiobook to get me through my long Sunday run, I stumbled upon the Runners Connect - Run to the Top podcast. Curious, I downloaded a couple of episodes while I had my pre-run cup of tea. Tea consumed, I pulled on an extra running top, laced up and [...]

Festive fit bits: Sleeping, eating, running and NutriBullet-ing

Before I jump into a January 'New Year' type post, I wanted to write a quick round-up of the Christmas period, which has been especially heavenly. After two blissful weeks away from the office, jam-packed with family and friends, good food, lots of sleep, running and relaxing, I now feel (almost) ready for the year [...]

Marathon training: here we go again 

Last week marked the start of my 2016 marathon training plan. Just like last year, I am relying on a Hal Higdon schedule to get me through, and, just like last year, I'm totally terrified that I won't be able to go the distance. You would think that having run the HH training plan previously [...]

Why it’s ok to be a tortoise 

No matter how fast you are, there will always be somebody somewhere who is faster. These were wise words from a fellow Mornington Chaser at a cross country meet last week, as we discussed the relative merits and downfalls of our respective races. I was worrying about being slower than my other teammates and these [...]

Step to it!

Last year David Sedaris wrote an essay, published in The New Yorker, entitled 'Stepping Out', in which he reflected on his relationship with his Fitbit. In his inimitable style, Sedaris described how the acquisition of this little watch-like pedometer turned walking from a hobby into a competitive sport and then into an obsession. With his [...]

On running and writing

Regular visitors to the site may have noticed that I've been doing a little blog housekeeping of late. I've refreshed the layout and organised my posts to make it easier to view them thematically, whether you are interested in Running, Yoga, Swimming, Climbing, Recipes and Nutrition, Marathon Training, Mind and Body, or Guest Posts. This menu is [...]