Archive for the ‘Training Runs’ Category

You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet of late. I’ve found it hard to find the time to write, what with all the actual running. A few months ago I entered the ballot for the Tokyo Marathon. I didn’t have any serious intentions for the race, but after several failed attempts at […]

Recent events have caused me to augment my default selection of training routes. It started when I signed up for the Seven Hills of Edinburgh race. After the Rock’n’Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon was cancelled, I had been looking for another race to fill the void. Initially I dismissed the Seven Hills race as an option […]

Running Tokyo, Jun 2014

Posted: 12th June 2014 by mockjogger in Running Away, Training Runs
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As the saying goes, when you want to go running in Tokyo, find a river. So on the third day of a two-week sojourn to my favourite away venue, I ventured outside my base to make my way to the Arakawa river. Thirty degrees and 80% humidity met me at the door to escort me […]

Back to Earth with a Parkrun

Posted: 15th April 2014 by mockjogger in Training Runs
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For the last year I have been looking for an opportunity to try out my local Parkrun. Normally, Saturday mornings are reserved for activities with the Junior Mockjoggers, but as they have gone to Tokyo for a while, I have the time. So, 6 days after the majesty and scale of the Paris Marathon, at […]

Frozen Winkie

Posted: 12th February 2014 by mockjogger in Medical, Training Runs
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What’s a man to do? Today’s 18 miler started out fairly innocuously. In working my way out of a cold-and-jet-lag induced running slump I have been vitamining-up and going back to basics on food and hydration, so last night’s triple-bowl of rice with pork were nicely complemented by an early alarm and three slices of […]

Training Runs With Another Human

Posted: 24th January 2014 by mockjogger in Training Runs

In a solo training run you are anonymous. You run past runners and non-runners alike. No one knows you; you know no-one. In a race you are anonymous. You may start with friends but you will rarely finish with them; alliances and rivalries form, dissolve and perhaps form again but only for fleeting moments. In […]

Running Sharm el Sheikh, Dec 2013

Posted: 8th January 2014 by mockjogger in Running Away, Training Runs

To say that the town the town of Sharm el Sheikh is not beautiful would be to flatter it. Built where the desert meets the Red Sea, it is a juxtaposition of luxurious (or so I’m told) 5* hotels and abandoned derelict buildings, wonderful sparsely-used colour-tasatic tropical fish-filled sand-and-coral beaches, partially completed rocky footpaths, shanty-town […]

Running Stalis Crete, Jul 2013

Posted: 14th July 2013 by mockjogger in Running Away, Training Runs
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Of all the places to write a post, the balcony of apartment at Amazones Appts, Stalis, Crete ranks highly in my opinion. An opinion which is justifiably assisted by an ice-cold Mythos. There are two more nights to go of this chilling holiday before packing the bags and returning to a what BBC tells me […]

200 Runs Later

Posted: 25th June 2013 by mockjogger in Training Runs
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Way back in May 2007 Beyonce and Shakira were at No.1 with Beautiful Liar, The Bourne Ultimatum was just released and I started running. 200 runs later, I’ve spent 134 hours on the pavement covering 805 miles at an average pace of just under 10 minutes per mile. That’s like running all the way from […]

Running Boston, Jun 2013

Posted: 6th June 2013 by mockjogger in Running Away, Training Runs
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I have spent the best part of this week in the Boston area. I expected a change of scenery but got more than I bargained for, as it turns out that GoogleUK’ing “Weather Boston” brings up Boston UK not Boston US. So I was prepared for 18 degrees but not the volcano-like 35 degrees that […]