What it means to be free

The pressure was all encompassing as I struggled to breathe; each tiny capillary inside my lungs seemed engorged. My respiratory system was shutting down under the immense weight from external forces as I submitted to the heavy burden that was slowly crushing my soul. I wasn’t drowning. I was sitting in my Ford Focus onContinue reading “What it means to be free”

The Theory of Pie

When I was about 8 years old I was mid-way through my lunch, a Scotch pie, when I saw some blood on the TV. I can’t even remember what I was watching. It was likely an animal programme where the vet was elbow deep in a pregnant cow. Anyway, despite my enjoyment of the pieContinue reading “The Theory of Pie”

Chasing the Unseen

Running and trying for a baby are strangely similar in that you are always chasing something you can’t see.  When the journey of the latter becomes too long, lonely, and fruitless, running can provide a casket of treasures to keep you teetering above the abyss.  However, it can also create an internal conflict which canContinue reading “Chasing the Unseen”

Hello Stranger

You say hello and I’ll say…..hello too! ‘Hello’ is a powerful word.  It’s only a little 5 letter word, but it can instigate a connection, a marriage, a lifelong friendship, a feeling of inclusion or simply cheer up someone’s day.  In fact, it’s so Goddam powerful that Adele made millions from it! Around £142 millionContinue reading “Hello Stranger”

Nelly the Irrelevant

‘You f@*#ing imbecile’, ‘honestly, you’re an absolute muppet Morrison!!!!’ My inner voice was hard at work berating me for my latest DIY debacle.  Let me set the scene.  After almost a year of manoeuvring like a Peekytoe crab around the guest bed to reach my makeshift desk for work, I decided it was time forContinue reading “Nelly the Irrelevant”

Tinkle Woes

I knew that it was coming, it was no real, big surprise. I clenched my cheeks, crossed my legs, and tightened up my thighs. The sensation had presented itself, on the last half of my run. It didn’t overly concern me, it was only a number 1. As I crowned the hill towards my house,Continue reading “Tinkle Woes”

Run Burn

Run Burn “She turned to the sunlight, and shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbour, winter is dead. A.A. Milne I absolutely love this quote from A.A. Milne.  It just feels like something that might enter everyone’s grey matter when they see the first glimpse of the daffodils emerging from their wintery beds. Continue reading “Run Burn”

The Walk of Shame

The Walk of Shame When you are running, have you ever come across a sign on your route that warns of ‘Danger’, orders you to ‘Keep Out’ or informs you in an abrupt and passive aggressive manner that ‘Road Ahead Closed’?  Is it just me that doesn’t like being told what to do and ploughsContinue reading “The Walk of Shame”

Don’t Tell Brenda!

Clubs are great for helping you to run faster times with the mix of speed sessions and other runners to pit yourself again, but what else can joining a club or running with a gaggle of runners bring to your life?  When I first started at Central Athletics Club the outcome I had in mindContinue reading “Don’t Tell Brenda!”