Step up to 2017

While inspirational quotes and motivational sound bites seem to be endemic on social media, there are the odd occasions when one of these really strikes a chord. I recently had such an experience on seeing an image emblazoned with the words 'surround yourself with people who get it'. After a really positive start to 2017 [...]

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‘Running is a solitary sport but the strength is in our numbers.’

This quote is taken from a recent interview with Chris Heuisler on the Run to the Top Podcast. I was listening to Heuisler's interview on my (run) commute home last night when I realised how perfectly these sentiments chimed in with the blog post I'd been writing about a recent surge in running community love, experienced following a race [...]

Motivation, discipline and true grit

'Don't wait around to feel "motivated", just get disciplined.' These were wise words of Steve Kamb, founder of Nerd Fitness, speaking in a recent interview on the Runners' Connect Run to the Top podcast, words which have been doing circuits in my mind ever since. It's funny how some things just catch your ear; some pithy refrain [...]

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) [...]

January Blues?

So it's colder than it was in December, even though you were hoping that Spring might be on its way, and it's still dark when you wake up in the mornings and when you leave the office at night. The joie de vivre of the New Year and all of it's resolutions seems an awfully [...]

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 [...]