For such a simple sport, people can really make running complicated. Fancy shoes, performance fabrics, nutrition supplements, and GPS watches all give us opportunities to spend money, while there’s a whole industry devoted to thinking up ever more inventive training regimes. In training for my first marathon, I've had some useful advice from more experienced runners. Ollie suggested protein recovery drinks, which seems to be really helping so far.
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I recently reached a goal that, for a long time, I never knew existed, and never imagined I'd care about. I’ve made it to 50 Parkruns. I’ve been there, and done that, although I haven't got the T-shirt yet.
I recently got a Fitbit, without really meaning to. When a friend showed me his a few months ago, I’d been slightly scornful. Why would you want to track every aspect of your life? Besides, the device looked incredibly dorky, like a Star Trek fan’s vision of the future. I wanted a watch that looks like a watch.
Why do we put ourselves through the pain of riding bikes up hills, just to ride down them again? Is cycling a different form of masochism from running?
Tips for becoming a better runner, from someone who isn’t a very good runner
I didn't plan on making any resolutions this year. Or rather, I didn't get round to making any, and the usual ones apply just like they do every year. Exercise more, drink less, think more, write more, be kinder to myself and others. That ought to cover it. But I'll be turning 40 in October, and I feel like I should have some great adventure before then, make some epic journey. Easier said than done with a wife, a daughter and a job, though, plus we'll probably be moving house twice this year.
In the last year or so, I've started getting into running, and while I definitely wouldn't call myself a proper runner, I'm improving.
I’ve never understood why so many people default to taking the lift. I’ve worked with dozens of people who pay good money to go to the gym, and then take the lift when they get to the office. There’s some free exercise right there waiting for them, but for some reason they would rather stand around waiting for a metal box where they can stand around making awkward small talk and bad jokes about the maximum number of people who fit in the lift. And don't get me started on people who take the lift for one floor...
I must confess to being mildly obsessed with my Strava statistics. I love knowing how steep the hills are that I've ridden up, and how many hundreds of people are faster or slower than me. One of the features I like is the ability to set yourself weekly goals for cycling and running. Part of me loves this. I'm motivated by small but achievable goals. I like ticking boxes and crossing items off my to-do list.