Come share your tales of poetry in motion

    Footnotes: Running Experiences Come share your tales of poetry in motion at this spoken word Open Mic night in Colchester Tues, 8th September at The Minories Art Gallery Colchester, 7.30. £4 on the door This is a new event that aims to bring together runners of all abilities to share their stories, successes,…

Things I love about running – item #422

One of the reasons that running has become so adhered to my personality is that for all its monotonous appearance, it is one of the most complex things that the body can do. Throughout my adult life I have been relearning how to run (I think we unlearn the skill through childhood). And bit by…

Running Experiences – Colchester

    Footnotes: Running Experiences COLCHESTER DATE ADDED Come share your tales of poetry in motion at this spoken word Open Mic night Weds, 2nd September at the Amersham Arms (7.30) in New Cross, nr Goldsmiths. £4 on the door. & Tues, 8th September at The Minories Art Gallery Colchester, 7.30. £4 on the door…

Announcing: Running Dialogues

https://jographies.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/announcing-running-dialogues-a-public-seminar-series-on-running/ From my friend Simon Cook’s blog –  We are organising a series of events on themes connected to and around running.  See below if you’re interested.   Announcing: Running Dialogues – A Public Seminar Series on Running JANUARY 26, 2015 / SIMONIANCOOK   *News and an Invitation* After the excitement of announcing the run-commuting scheme I am involved…

Everyday Run-ins

Most of the time when I go out barefoot I will get a comment (fair enough, it is a bit odd).  Today I got two, and I noticed for the first time that they represent a kind of sexism.  Not because of what the commenters do or say, but because of who they are. Today…

Contact!

As I was running barefoot in Ladywell today, my mind wandered to why I have found it so easy lately.  Last year when I stopped and had to start from nothing, I had cramps and numerous niggling injuries that wouldn’t let me continue to build up to a standard three miles. (On one occasion I…

Personal Bests

Out on Blackheath during Sunday worship.  Runners cross one another’s paths as busily as the dancers in a Busby-Berkeley musical from the ‘30s.  They all look like they are doing the same thing, shuffling along at various speeds.  But running is like reading.  A room full of readers may share what they are doing, but…

Guardian Running Blog shared 7,500 times

This month’s blog can be found on The Guardian webpages. It is an article for beginners about the top 5 reasons to keep going with their training, about all the hidden benefits of running.

Optical Yoga (and what the eye evolved to see)

“…we’ll take the launch down to the Thames Barrier. You’ve never seen it after dark.” “I havent seen it at all. Won’t it be cold?” “Not particularly. Wear something warm. I’ll bring a thermos of soup and the wine. It really is worth seeing, Declan, those great hoods rising out of the dark river towering…

Sunday Worship

It used to be a day of worship, but in an increasingly secular society we still seem to go in search of out-of-body experiences on a Sunday Blackheath village is a basin. It sinks down into its centre; and because that is where life is busiest, a runner can’t take advantage of the slope.  Then…

Breaking the rules.

I’ve hit on a very expensive, but great fun, way to run.I have had a pretty tiring week that has bled into Saturday morning, so I was looking forward to today’s run.  I didn’t have far to go to get my weekly miles, but found myself dithering when it was time to leave the house….

Foraging (for blackberries, the past, and Mistry)

The house loaded with books (golf course on the left).    Like God is riffling a deck of shuffled cards, the seasons keep changing.  I started in winter, dodged the wet and wind of autumn, and now it’s summer again.  I’m carrying a fat hardback that I’ve picked up en route.   I checked out the…