Archive for January, 2014

I signed up to offer my marathon virginity to Paris four months ago with all the zeal of a turkey in springtime, safe in the knowledge that Christmas is a long, long way away. When I started looking at training plans a few weeks back and found that I should have started yesterday, reality started […]

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 […]

Runger Games

Posted: 15th January 2014 by mockjogger in Race Preparation
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My marathon training plan has cranked up a notch this week. As the miles start to mount, so, naturally, my desire for calories grows. And grows. I find myself waking up thinking about breakfast. Maybe that’s normal for many folks, but it’s new for me. Toast or crunch? Toast and crunch? If I bring lunch […]

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 […]