#3 Sussex trail marathon

#3 / 12 Sussex Trail Marathon, 14 March 2020 05:41:56 This was not Barcelona. I had been looking forward to a weekend away with a flat(ish) big city marathon for a change but COVID-19 left me looking for an alternative at short notice. Fortunately the folks at Endurance life were Read more…

#2 Northumberland “Marathon”

#2 / 12 Northumberland Trail Marathon, 22 February 2020 05:15:57 “Savage” is the word for this one. The Northumberland coast boasts a wild beauty and on a calm sunny day I’m sure its wonderful. Mid Feb in the throes of a series of storms which had been marching in off Read more…

Running down that hill!

I learned a hard lesson last year in my first 100km ultra: the downhills can kill your quads. I was reminded of this on Tuesday when I had the great pleasure of a run in the hills in Barzio Italy. This was a short ‘work’ getaway to ski. Sadly the Read more…

#1 Gloucester Marathon

Photo by  Vicky #1 / 12 Gloucester Marathon, 19 January 2020 03:53:25 I think I’m starting to get the hang of this (this was my 7th). Up ’till now each marathon has been its own focal point preceded by a structured training block of 16-18 weeks. Leading into the first Read more…

Putting the year to bed

The year finishes with a great dawn-straddling outing – one of those runs which just affirms the whole idea! Today also closes out a few projects for 2019: https://picperday.com – my third photo-per-day project https://en-gb.smashrun.com/paul.schnell/badges/2/147 – 365 days of running, the Smashrun badge 🙂 https://report.picperday.com/ – a visualisation project for Read more…

Winter Solstice Double

I use Smashrun.com to track history, trends in my training and goals and it has this great concept of “badges” for a huge variety of things e.g. One that I’ve had my eye on and which can only be done on 1 day every year is the “Shortest Day” badge: Read more…

The rewards of being early

It’s not always easy to get going when it’s dark and freezing out. I tend to wake early anyway though so actually getting up and out often sees a morning run straddle sunrise. Or at least provide a glimpse of dawn at some point. I have a little mantra to Read more…

Autumn trails

Autumn can be tricky – the marathon season comes to an end, motivation dips, Winter is looming and it easy to not go out when the days are so short and it’s wet and cold. At this time of year I actually prefer hitting the trails and to enjoy the Read more…

Getting ready…

As 2019 draws to a close and I’m past 300 days of my 365 runs in 365 days challenge, my attention turns to the 12 in 12. I’ve booked 7 of the 12 events now and in doing so have realised a few things: The logistics can be their own Read more…