Archive for May, 2013

Mockjogger 2: Son of Mockjogger

Posted: 30th May 2013 by mockjogger in Inspiration

On Saturday morning, around 7am, I was making my final preparations for the Edinburgh 10K. This involved eating cereal, making last minute adjustments to the playlist, preparing some SIS electrolyte drink and attaching the race number to my new mockjogger T-shirt. I was engrossed with the mission in hand and was paying less than normal […]

One look outside the window at 6.30am told me this was going to be a good day. Bright sunshine, clear blue sky, Edinburgh was doing its best impersonation of Bermuda. When the sun’s up, this city is a great place to be. The start point for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10K is just inside Holyrood […]

Carb Overloading

Posted: 23rd May 2013 by mockjogger in Race Preparation, Training Plan

Before running my first race in April this year, I enthusiastically embraced the practice of carb loading. My execution involved a pizza lunch and a pasta dinner the day before the race. I felt good, covered the distance in a time I thought was impossible, and put some of the result down to efficient eating. […]

Face Off: Garmin vs Nike+

Posted: 16th May 2013 by mockjogger in Equipment
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<                  vs                  > In the red corner, the reigning champion – iPhone 4GS with Nike+ Running app, Sennheiser neckband headphones and an upper arm iphone pouch. In the blue corner, the challenger – Garmin Forerunner 210 GPS watch with […]

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 […]