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
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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 […]