Running is my favourite sport. I have done it for years and used to be able to go out for hours at a time without training, which I considered to be a real privilege. Now I’m a little older and have a busier job, it takes effort to keep up my running strength.
My preference is for longer, slower runs, ideally in the hills, sometimes with a small pack, although I do enjoy a good shuttle session too and I’ve occasionally gone barefoot.
Below are some of the running challenges I’ve completed, articles I’ve written and links which might be useful.
Tim’s Running Projects
- Running the Tube – The length of every London Underground train line. Up to 45 miles at a time, exploring our capital. Part of the Greater London Triathlon.
- Everest Run – Running up 5,000 flights of stairs to the height of Mount Everest at the Royal Geographical Society.
- The Mile – For a while I had the idea of trying to run a fast mile.
- Running to the Ocean – Nowhere in the UK is further than 70 miles from the sea. I ran from my London flat towards the ocean…
- How To: Run an Ultramarathon – A beginner’s guide to running long distance.
- 10 Tips for your First Running Expedition – Mark Cooper ran from Amsterdam to Barcelona and shares his advice.
- Women Can’t Run Marathons – Did you know there was no women’s marathon at the Olympics until 1984? Three part series of articles. Parts two and three here.
- How To: Use Supermarket Food for Sports Nutrition – You don’t need energy gels and Gatorade, just hit the Sainsburys.
- How Eddie Izzard Changed a Nation – An unlikely candidate to run 43 marathons in 51 days, I think Eddie opened a can of wonderful worms.
- Training for Life – You don’t need an event as an excuse to get fit.
- What is Trail Rekking? – Well, it’s faster than trekking. Article by Rob Cousins.
- 50k (The Gatliff Marathon) – An account of a 30 mile run with the LDWA (see below)
- 16.5% – My body fat when I started training for The Mile.
Tube Running Articles
In 2010, I ran from the beginning to end of every London Underground train line with my girlfriend at the time (now wife), Laura. Here are some pieces I wrote about it:
- A Day on the Jubilee Line – An account of a tough 30+ mile jog through the city
- Tubes in Tweets – Record of the live updates I sent whilst running
- Why Run the Tube? – A roundabout explanation of what motivated us
- Long Distance Walking Association (LDWA) – I can’t recommend their Challenge Events highly enough. Brilliantly British, simple adventure races for a few quid including food and drinks.
- Sleep Monsters – Good website for finding adventure races.
- Rob Cousins – The first I met Rob, I found out he’d run from Birmingham to London (140 miles). We’ve been friends ever since.
- Dean Karnazes – This guy runs lots of really long distances.
- The Wadi Bih Relay – There are thousands of events and I couldn’t possibly list them all but this one in Oman/UAE is fantastic.