How many years have you been running?
What is your goal race for the year?
Chiltern Chase 10K
What is your greatest running accomplishment?
Downton Half Marathon
What is your "ultimate dream" running goal?
at least one long (hour+) run per week with my wife, Kath
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Well, there's another day that just drifted away. They slip past almost unnoticed, one by one by one. And they're busy days, full of work and family and everything else that matters. Until you suddenly sit up and think, hey, it's nearly the end of April, that's another month lost by stealth, another month without running. And you start to realize what it means, that yet another season is just going to pass you by. It's a cold feeling in the pit of your gut, to face up to the fact that all…
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A query for Eric. I'm trying to stay positive about this knee pain that's stopped me running, and I'm trying to address it by figuring out what is wrong with my run form. In The CI, there's a list of Common Run Form Mistakes, and I'm wondering if my knee pain, tight IT band and tight hip flexors are the result of being a "bender". Just to clarify, is a "bender" someone who runs with excessively bent legs (that do straighten with take-off), or someone who never straightens their legs at…
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Which is great, because I do enjoy running…
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Anyway, the mile test. This wasn't at the…
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And the final run was a joyous way to finish the 12 weeks of running. Setting out into a gale that nearly blew me…
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Hi Paul, just wondering how the suspension on the Austin 7 going, has the up-grade helped. :-}
I'm sorry to hear about your knee it must be very frustrating. But on the up side you've smashed Lori's mile record, we just won't tell her it was on the bike. At the risk of sounding trite or telling you something that everyone feels the need to impart on you. Stay positive your doing all the right things, & the cross traing on the bike will hold you in good stead.
Remember; good things come to those who do the right things and good things happen to good people.
Take care Paul, touch base soon.
Hi Paul, just wondering how your going we haven't heard from you in a while. Cheers Robert