Change and Progress: The Treadmill | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

Change and Progress: The Treadmill

I am the man who refuses to use a gym. This is primarily born from my absolute love of exercising outdoors. A secondary reason is that I am a tight Yorkshireman and the outdoors also happens to the free. This is why I’ve also always been a treadmill denier. Progress is impossible without change, and […]

Don't Shoot I'm Just a Runner | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

Don’t Shoot I’m Just a Runner

Inner demons tried to get the better of me this weekend. Originally I had planned a long run on Saturday morning but I really didn’t feel like running. I could have let this get the better of me, but I didn’t. I finally pulled on my Soloman Speedcross 4s after lunch and headed out for […]

9 Miles and a Jab in the Arm | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

9 Miles and Jab in the Arm

The thing about rheumatoid arthritis, or more particularly those that suffer with it, is that you will no doubt be taking some form of medication. My rheumatology consultant’s poison of choice, and poison is the word, is Methotrexate. But with that weekly dose of 6 little pills comes with it the bi-monthly blood tests. As […]

The road is long | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

It’s a long road

If you’ve read any of my recent blogs then you’ll no doubt already know I’d been struggling with this training plan for the Blackpool Marathon in April. Today I was meant to do a 16 miles run… I didn’t. To get that run in would have meant some serious squeezing in and compromise on being […]

Bad days build better days | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

Bad Days Build Better Days

As hard as we might try sometimes, not every day can be a good day. I’d go so far as to say that anyone who says they never have bads days is lying through their teeth. Sometimes you might want to portray that your days are good and nothing is wrong, but eventually, the mask […]

Running in Circles | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

Running In Circles

Track running is not, nor never shall be, something I am interested in. The idea of running in circles, past the same scenery on an incessant orange lozenge is just not my idea of fun. But, this morning, I found myself running in circles anyway. Granted, my 5am workout this morning was not on a […]

Running Under the Stars | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

Running Under the Stars

Some runs are just damn well near perfect, aren’t they? Tonight I planned a 5-mile steady-paced run. After the 6 miles on Saturday and the 12 miles yesterday I thought I’d start the week nice and easy, ya know! I was a little bit trepidatious about it – if I am honest. You see, the […]

The Perfect Long Sunday Run | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

The Perfect Long Sunday Run

Perfection is an often overused word. In fact, is it possible to achieve perfection? Should we not aim for perfection and hope to catch excellence? Anyway, the long Sunday run – what can make that perfect? Today’s run really was pretty much perfect. Firstly, there was not a sniff of any rain at all. The […]

Mud, mud, river, mud | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

Mud, mud, river, mud

Once upon a time, I was not a runner. In fact, if we go back to my school cross country running days (the enforced ones, nothing voluntary) then you would recognise me as a running denier. If the thought of running was a heinous one, then the thought of a muddy run was simply unfathomable. […]

I Chuffin Hate Speed Work | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

I Chuffin Hate Speed Work

Speed work. Intervals Fartleks. Sprints. Call then what the chuff you like 0 I hate them. I am not a professional athlete but somehow I get swallowed up by the running bug and end up doing these sessions. Why? Why do I do speed work when I hate it? I love running. But I love […]