Bonkers.



I’m going running with the Kenyans

A few months ago I read a book about an English runner who went in search of the secret formula that makes Kenyans consistently among the best distance runners in the world. That book was called Running with the Kenyans.

The book culminates in the author taking part in the Lewa Marathon, a race across a wildlife conservancy in Kenya, where rifle-wielding spotters circle above the fire red course in helicopters in case any lions decide it’s lunchtime during the race.

Here you get to run among the most talented runners in the world, across African plains.

It’s not just the quality of the field that’s daunting, the course is also home to African wildlife including lions, elephants, rhinoceros, and the greatly feared cape buffalo.

The average elevation of the course is 5,500 feet (1,700 m) above sea level. Because the race is within one hundred miles of the equator, the sun can send afternoon temperatures as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit all year round.

And I’ve just secured a place. This June I’m going running with the Kenyans.



Runner lost at crossfit event. Please send help.

Runner lost at crossfit event. Please send help.



Post-Paleo: The seven-day impact of eating ‘normally’

For three months from January to April, I changed what I ate. I dropped dairy, wheat, gluten, sugar, legumes and anything from grain and took up a version of the Paleo approach.

I focused on getting 75 per cent nutrient rich vegetables and 25 per cent lean protein from all of my meals.

It was all in a bid to get leaner and go faster over 26.2 miles. It worked. I lost 19lbs and over ten per cent body fat.

On 13 April - London Marathon race day - I weighed in at 162.4 lbs.

I got my sub-3-hour marathon. 

That afternoon, I returned to eating what people around me had been calling “normally”. The result has been eye opening.

In just two days I gained 5 lbs. One week later, I gained 9 lbs.

But it’s not just about what I weigh. I feel more lethargic, slower, more tired. I’m sleeping later in the mornings. Or at least waking up more tired.

By the time London Marathon race day came along I felt athletic and upbeat. I now feel slightly lack lustre and a little bit down.

It might be the post-marathon blues. Or it could be what I’ve been eating. 

Either way I think my idea of what’s ‘normal’ has changed for good.

While I’ve enjoyed cake, crisps, burger buns and beers. I actually miss my poached eggs, kale and salmon.



runtracyrun:

Good luck to those running the Boston Marathon today!!

Good luck.

runtracyrun:

Good luck to those running the Boston Marathon today!!

Good luck.

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r4turner asked: I've been thinking about getting a FuelBand, but I've just read the stories about Nike letting people go from that division and the speculation that the division is about to be shut down. What are you thoughts??

I personally wouldn’t go for Nike Fuelband SE regardless of the news about them shutting down that division. I’ve just tested most of the major options and I think the Fuelband has some drawbacks. I do love it’s social side, it’s connected nicely to other Nike+ users but if that’s not a big thing for you then I think the Garmin Vivofit is your best best.

It’s cheaper, you can swim with it, more comfortable, the battery doesn’t need charging.

Nike has said it will still support the Fuelband so if you’re set on it then it shouldn’t be a problem.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Nike+ is likely to have a presence on the Apple wristband that’s expected to arrive sometime this year.



Saucony Originals in Boston colours.
People used to run in these. I’m going to give that a go when I get back to London.
More likely to be my new go-to kicking about shoes rather than my racers though.



thinnfitinmy20s:

My all time favorite ad

Great ad. But how does running = few homeless people?

thinnfitinmy20s:

My all time favorite ad

Great ad. But how does running = few homeless people?

(via ironman26pt2)



Running San Francisco
Thanks for the tips @sleeplessthisismyreply, lizzleann, iamadirtyfoot and @robert-cal. 
The Crissy Fields run looks great. Loving the views of the Golden Gate. Have also found this Skyline to the Sea trail that sounds like it could be a winner.
I also definitely want to run the Golden Gate Bridge. This How to run the Golden Gate Bridge looks like a useful guide. 
I’m also tempted to enter this Mt. Diablo Trail Run.

Running San Francisco

Thanks for the tips @sleeplessthisismyreply, lizzleann, iamadirtyfoot and @robert-cal. 

The Crissy Fields run looks great. Loving the views of the Golden Gate. Have also found this Skyline to the Sea trail that sounds like it could be a winner.

I also definitely want to run the Golden Gate Bridge. This How to run the Golden Gate Bridge looks like a useful guide. 

I’m also tempted to enter this Mt. Diablo Trail Run.



I just got that feeling…

The same one I had when I saw the first video of the Marathon du Mont Blanc. A week later I’d signed up to run it.

So hitting play on this video might have been a mistake.

The Polar Circle Marathon in Greenland looks like an experience. 



100+ Running Tips: No. 128: Be kind to yourself











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100+ Running Tips: No. 128: Be kind to yourself

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100+ Running Tips: No. 127: Pasta’s not faster










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100+ Running Tips: No. 127: Pasta’s not faster

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100+ Running Tips: No. 126: Repeat after me. “I will 2-3, I will 2-3”











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100+ Running Tips: No. 126: Repeat after me. “I will 2-3, I will 2-3”

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Running Like the Wind… 



(illustration taken from Like the Wind magazine) 


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Running Like the Wind…

(illustration taken from Like the Wind magazine)


#runspiration #running #runningmotivation #running #run #onlyrunners #runfaster #runfast #motivation #inspiration #wearerunners #runclub #runcrew #fitspo #fitness #onlyrunners



The stuff dreams are made of… 
Running in the clouds having climbed there yourself. 



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The stuff dreams are made of…
Running in the clouds having climbed there yourself.

(photo taken from Like the Wind magazine) #runningquotes #run #runspiration #running #runningmotivation #running #motivation #inspiration #wearerunners #runclub #runcrew #trailrunning #ultraspirit #likethewind