Heads I win, tails I don’t lose

“Racing is a true experience. Only the conditions are artificial. My entire self is engaged in a genuine struggle against time and distance and those around me. All my strengths, physical and emotional and moral, are called upon to decide the issue.” – Dr. George Sheehan, How to feel great 24 hours a day. I’ve …

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Training runs and motivation

“Does a runner at your level feel like you’d rather not run today, like you don’t want to run and would rather just sleep in?” He stared at me and then, in a voice that made it abundantly clear how stupid he thought the question was, replied “Of course. All the time!” The questioner? Novelist …

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In defence of the treadmill

Treadmills get a bad rap. Serious (and snooty) runners look down on it.. You can ‘start’ running on treadmills but as soon as you get comfortable with 5k+ distances, it’s time to hit the trail/road. Or so is the guidance issued to newbie runners by seasoned runners. Yours truly has also routinely dished out that …

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