What’s your excuse?


Mines “I have no time!”

I know it LAME! The real reason is lacking in motivation, so next week is the start of slowly building back up with training.

Another question is….

What came first, the cessation of blogging or the lack of motivation?

What do you do to get that motivational spark back?

Running Tips From A Novice!!!


No training for 2 months, a terrible diet and far too much alcohol and I decide 5 minutes before registration closes to eneter the High Peak 40, a 40 mile ultra around the Peak District.  This is what I learnt, and I think they are good tips, especially when you know you’ll be up against it:

- laugh, squeal and enjoy what you do as often as you can.
– ignore the distance completely!  Its an arbetary number which in long distance has no meaning.
– put that research into running form and eating and hydration into practice
– have a dance and sing part way round!  Your running a stupid distance, who cares what you’ll look like?
– salsa hip maneivers are awesome at sorting out those tight hip flexors at mile 30+

It was one of the best runs ever and I’d like to thanks the organisers and checkpoint staff for being truly amazing :)

Super Spicy Saturday


Chiu chow chilli, porcini and beetroot soup

I made a new food discovery yesterday!

Chiu Chow Chilli oil.

This stuff is delicious, and so far its made a salad into a tasty feast and made the basis for a super tasty, super spicy noodle soup.

Isn’t eating healthy supposed to be difficult?

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IKEA Channels Apple in a Hilarious Ad for Its New Catalog ‘Bookbook’


Should Apple Be Worried?

Originally posted on TIME:

There’s a reason the items you see in an IKEA catalog look so ridiculously appealing — it’s because the Swedish furniture chain uses 3D rendering technology to create digital models of the products.

To play on the fact that browsing an IKEA catalog is a sort of holistic sensory experience, the company has created this clever new ad, which skewers Apple’s notoriouslyover-the-top product commercials. The result is hilarious, and the jokes really just write themselves.

“The 2015 IKEA catalog comes fully charged, and the battery is eternal,” says an exec named Jörgen Eghammer, also know as Chief Design Güru. He explains that this catalog is not a digital book or an e-book, but a bookbook. “The navigation is based on tactile touch technology that you can actually feel,” he adds.

We’ve seen plenty of good Apple commercial parodies before, but IKEA definitely gets major points for this…

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One Week’s Slow Progress


Sweet Miso & Mustard Soup

Well I’ve improved the quality of the food I put into my body, but still struggled to reduce the evening beer intake.  The foods been really tasty too, without taking an age to prepare and cook.  Going to be interetig how well I stick to it with work starting back up.

Still, I think I’ll get myself a weekly weigh in to see if I’m making any progress.

So here’s the weeks stats:

Weight – 169.4lbs

Heart rate – 47bpm


Happy Runniversary!

Its been 2 years since I started running and realised it’s actually fun!

It seems tradition that I return to the place that made running come to life, and since this is a ‘rest’ day I took my camera and decide to part around lots.

On your next run, ditch the training or the speed brain and just have a whole load of fun :)


Padley Gorge path to Millstone Crag


Love this place. Abandoned millstones


Gorilla in the bracken moment ;)


Having fun up hill!! Whats wrong with me?


Love these shoes!


Slightly scary boulder hopping


Looking down from Higgor Tor


Aaaaand relax.


Traditional run finish. Orange iced lolly :)

Why Do You Run? Part 8


I recall taking this picture.

I pulled over in my car, turned off the engine and sat in despare.

It took a while for that feeling of hopelessness and the questioning the reason for being alive. 
Not sure what pushed me to take a photo!  At the time it seemed like the thing to do.  It was more habit than conscious choice. 

That darkness is still with me.

I run to learn how to survive it, the place that desaturated my surroundings and questions the need to stay alive.  I run to discover myself, and run harder and further to prove that the existance of this darkness is a strength and not a weakness.


Why do you run?