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…

The 48 reasons that I’m apparently ‘not’ a runner.

So here are Running Warehouse’s ’50 Signs you are a runner’. While the list didn’t infuriate me, I was surprised to find that of the 50, I scored a total of about ‘2’.  I’ve not done this badly in a test since Mrs Oswald, our history teacher, decided one day to walk around the class…

My Uncle Jim – barefoot Marathon-champion.

No. 9 – Jim Hogan. I was skinning in Lewisham today.  And, as I crept along some of the fiercest of surfaces for barefooters (tarmac with protruding gravel), I wondered how my uncle ever coped with this.  My uncle is Jim Cregan, though he ran under the name of Hogan. My uncle was born in…

The Touch of Sweet Liberty (Skinning in Paris)

Montparnasse – Paris The banks of the Seine are overflowing.  As the tourist boats amble by the Louvre and the D’Orsay, wavelets lap onto the cobblestones, combing the emerald hair of the seaweed forth and back. The day has been long. A friend’s birthday, a short night’s sleep, and an early dash for the Eurostar….

Earthing and the ‘Bare’ Barefoot

I have more running shoes than I do regular ones.  In fact, add up mine and my partner’s regular shoes and I still have more running ones.  I like running in different shapes, types and heel drops.  About half of them are ‘barefoot’ shoes.  By this I mean that they are zero-drop (have no heel-raise…

"KINDLE!"

[this post has nothing to do with running] How do you feel about your Kindle? I can’t fall in love with mine. It occurred to me today as I sat in my bath reading Tolstoy’s The Cossacks that my Kindle makes me feel uncomfortable.  Why?  It has so much going for it. 1. It is…

Hardy and the Birds

“What’s on the wireless?” he said. “About the birds,” she said.  “It’s not only here, it’s everywhere. In London, all over the country. Something has happened to the birds.”       When Daphne Du Maurier’s short story was first sent to her publisher to read, he told her it was ‘a masterpiece’ (Victor Gollancz was…

Hardly Working – the idle runner

There are no sweeter ill-gotten gains than moments of stolen idleness. But what is so wrong with doing nothing? Why is it so hard? Erich Fromm has argued that ‘there is no other period in history in which free men have given their energy so completely for the one purpose: work.’  Working hard is a…