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Dig

I can remember my hands clutching my mud-caked and banged-up knees, high socks puddled at my ankles, sweat and rain and maybe even tears flowing off my chin and pooling in the drenched grass, and the smell of never-washed jerseys and water-logged leather cleats burning my nostrils as our coach tried to do his best […]

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Colour and dark

In the midst of a running programme, there seems to only be times of vivid technicolour where everything feels neon and successes are rarely watered down or there are times of shadowy voids where details bog you down, injury keeps you seated and light seems so distant. The running routine is good or it isn’t. […]

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Not hanging my head

A marathon training plan is never a smooth trajectory up the slope of challenge. It is fraught with waves and ripples that rise and fall. It is littered with pebbles and grit to slip you up. It is sometimes cloudy and dark. Almost exactly a year after I bowed out of my goal of competing […]

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Inner workings

I’d love to know the thoughts that run through the minds of the marathon professionals while racing. What causes wonder in Eliud Kipchoge’s mind while running? Maybe nothing? Does Lanni Marchant imagine her future while running? Is it bright? ┬áIs it immediate? Whilst crushing a half marathon PB, does Eric Gillis think about the papardelle […]

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Dirty work

Springtime is get to work time. It’s the heart of training, intervals, hills, speed sessions, and dig deep to the finish runs. Mud on the shoes, grit splashed on the calves and butt, sweat beading on the brow… spring brings out the sun and brings on the running grunt work.

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