The athlete and the broken bone (and dreams)
Jul03

The athlete and the broken bone (and dreams)

Yesterday I told you how my son had achieved his dream of qualifying for the national athletics competition. After coming second at the regional competition, with a massive long jump PB of 6.51, his coaches said: ‘Now wrap him in cotton wool’. They were joking of course. He’s young and fit. He needed to keep training and keep competing. He had two more competitions before the big day – both representing his...

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Why running with Strava may not be right for you
Jul01

Why running with Strava may not be right for you

Strava is a fitness social media that is very popular with runners and cyclists. It tracks activities using GPS, then runners and cyclists upload them, so that other Strava users, can see them. You can choose whether to share this information publicly, or just among your followers. For many runners and cyclists, it is a great motivational tool. There is potentially a lot of pleasure to be had from seeing that you’ve run a...

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Concussion and recovery
Jan07

Concussion and recovery

Three weeks ago, my son suffered concussion at a rugby tournament. He’d gone in for a tackle at the same time as another player and had knocked heads with him after only a few minutes on the pitch. He’d been taken to an ambulance on site and thoroughly assessed for 20 minutes. He was diagnosed with mild concussion and the paramedics were satisfied he didn’t need to go to A&E. I’d never really thought about...

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How far did I run in January 2018?
Feb01

How far did I run in January 2018?

Now I’m not going to write a post like this every month, but I thought it would be a nice start to my year of running to record my mileage for January. I did vaguely have it in mind to run every day in January, just a mile some days, but I thought it wasn’t sensible as I was still recovering from injury at the start of the month and I didn’t want to put myself back. (Apparently this is actually a ‘thing’...

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Struggling to run
Jan25

Struggling to run

I bet that’s something you didn’t expect me to write. It’s not something I expected to write, either. But, ever since my injury a couple of months ago, I’ve been struggling to run. Not with my motivation. I still love running as much as ever and still want to run. And not even with my injury. It’s better, apart from the occasional twinge. But with my fitness. In those few short weeks when I wasn’t...

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