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Three Fourteen

Posted: 3rd June 2014 by mockjogger in Lists
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Last week in Edinburgh I got close to my ultimate goal of running a marathon in under 4 hours. The official time of 4:03:13 leaves me three minutes and 14 seconds to find. Not that I’m obsessed or anything, but when I think about it, there is is a lot I can do in 3.14. […]

This year my casual acquaintance with running blossomed into something more, well, passionate. As the year draws to a close I have recorded 936 miles (so far), 9 medals and one injury, and have taken to running while on holiday and business trips. I have acquired two customised t-shirts, plenty of race t-shirts, two headbands, […]

Welcome to the concluding instalment in my trilogy of posts reviewing movies that have the potential to provide a source of running motivation when the going gets tough. Regular readers will already know that Part Uno covered The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Run Fatboy Run, Without Limits and Chariots of Fire, and that […]

Running off the Excesses (Three Different Ones)

Posted: 17th October 2013 by mockjogger in Lists
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My running has taken a bit of a nosedive recently. Post Great Scottish Run, I was hoping to rebuild my weekly mileage back to its August peak. Instead, a combination of last-minute business excursions to Paris and Amsterdam, bookending some quality family party time in Ireland, has kept me off the road. The only running […]

Race Off: Running Movies go Head to Head – Part Dos

Posted: 2nd September 2013 by mockjogger in Inspiration, Lists
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I am hunting for movies that capture the spirit of distance running and provide a source of motivation when the going gets tough. They are hard to find. This is the second of three posts in which I offer my personal opinions of eleven movies with a running theme. The first post covered The Loneliness […]

Every now and again, I feel the need for some running inspiration and head for the movie archive. I’m looking for movies that capture the spirit, challenge and perseverance of distance running, and inject sufficient drama and emotion to make it interesting. There aren’t many. This is the first of three posts in which I […]

Keep Running Stress Free

Posted: 19th June 2013 by mockjogger in Inspiration, Lists
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I’m prone to getting stressed, particularly about (1) inanimate objects that just won’t do what they should, and (2) attaching stuff to walls. To keep stress from invading my running karma, I apply the following rules. 1. I set realistic targets I may never run super long. Most certainly, I will never run super fast. […]

What I think About When Running

Posted: 9th May 2013 by mockjogger in Lists, Training Runs
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A couple of days ago someone asked me “what do you think about when you are running?” I struggled to answer and realised I really had no idea. All I could recall were snapshots of wisdom like “It’s about 2 months to holiday time”, “Jeez, this hill doesn’t get any easier”, and “Is anybody close […]

Playing music when running is a very personal thing. For me, I can’t imagine running any distance without booting up my playlist first. Music increases my concentration, provides stimulus, engenders positive vibes and passes the time on a long run. I always random-play the tunes, otherwise the mix would be too predictable, even tedious. Random […]

9 People I Encounter When Out Running

Posted: 27th April 2013 by mockjogger in Lists
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Line Holder These people really get to me. I’m running fast. There’s a potential PB at stake. They should REALISE THIS AND GET THE %^&( OUT OF MY WAY. But no, they keep on walking in MY RACING LINE. So I have to swerve to go around them. I usually swear (to myself) how much […]