Fronting up the pain
“Arghhh! That knee pain is getting worse! Feck off!” “Ignore it, it will pass…” “This tendonitis is getting worse!” “Not cramping again?!” These are all inner thoughts most of us runners will have had. Your instinct is to resist the pain. To fight it. Surely that will make it go yes? Another technique is to […] Keep reading »
Whooah, we’re halfway there – and some!
#Run1000Miles Challenge going superbly well! You may remember that Trail Running magazine Editor Claire said #Run1000Miles was about all participants having “their fittest year ever” 🙂 Well I’m one of literally thousands of people enjoying this very outcome thanks to the challenge and incredible community of people participating. The ethos was very much about this […] Keep reading »
WTF a DNF?!
I pulled over just before the timing mat at 3k, ambled behind a tree and retched repeatedly. Between 2-3k I hadn’t even been running hard – fact was I couldn’t. I heard one of the marshals shout something like “over here…stomach!” and was then asked if I was okay and kindly given water by the […] Keep reading »
Scorpion Stings family in the Lakes
It’s rare an entire family will be stung by a scorpion. At Staveley, all four of the McCarthy’s endured the “Sting in the Tail”. And what a day it was! All four of us taking part in a Lakeland Trails event for the first time. The kids have really got into running as a previous […] Keep reading »
Interview: Raj Mahapatra – a truly remarkable runner
When you’re told you’ll be in a wheelchair within 10 years and not to run, what do you do? In this poignant, touching and stirring interview, Raj Mahapatra explains how running helps him cope with one of the most debilitating conditions. In an attempt to do Raj justice, I’m writing this pretty much as the […] Keep reading »
Thank you kids, thank you Harriers, thank you parkrun
Never could we have imagined the influence #parkrun would have on our already active kids. First, Louis (15) wanted to try and complete a 5k run. So I took him to Heaton Parkrun – running with him was amazing. On completing it his reaction was “God at times I felt I was dying then!…Can we […] Keep reading »
#Run1000Miles the email said…. Noting it was from TRm Editor Claire Maxted, I thought I’d better read. “In 2017 we will launch a campaign called #Run1000Miles which will encourage runners of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds to have their fittest year ever, running 1000 miles over the course of the year….We would love you to be one […] Keep reading »
Lowri Morgan on #her333 Ultra exploits
World Class Ultra endurance marathon runner, Lowri Morgan, speaks about #Her333 challenge & her experiences of #UltraRunning and #Adventure This is one of a series of amazing feats Lowri has in store 2016/17. #BeInspired Lowri, for those that don’t know you. could you just tell us a little about yourself please? When I […] Keep reading »
Do goals = happiness?
“Does your happiness depend on achieving your goal?” That was the question posed during a meditation session on training motivation. Up to a year ago my feelings would have responded in the positive. I was forever measuring myself against past performance. Getting frustrated at my inability to reach previous levels – be it a 5k, […] Keep reading »
5 secrets to overcoming ultra running demons
The comeback ultra – don’t let a DNF get you down (DNF = ‘did not finish’) I’ve had a funny old year for running this year. I’ve been running for 13 years now, starting as a fun runner, taking selfies during my first charity 10k (Great Manchester Run). I progressed quickly to marathon runner – […] Keep reading »