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Month: April 2016

Why I’m not very ‘appy

Why I’m not very ‘appy

There’s an app for everything now.  There are a wide range of fitness based applications which measure anything from your heartrate, to the number of steps you take, calories that you burn and even chocolate bars that you have earned.  For a time, I enjoyed seeing the number of calories that I had torched or how many miles I had covered in a particular workout but the novelty has worn away.  I am now much happier going into the gym or…

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One last hurrah for Compton?

One last hurrah for Compton?

Nick Compton’s test statistics are far from gloomy, he has thus far averaged just over 30 in all the tests he has played.  Consider that he bats at the top of the order when the ball is at it’s hardest and the bowlers are at their freshest and his stats aren’t bad at all.  Compare that to Adam Lyth who occupied an opener’s position for seven matches in 2015 averaging just over 20.  Sam Robson has also played 7 tests…

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Out there…

Out there…

I found myself at a loose end on Thursday afternoon and since the good weather had extended into another day I decided to take my session to Holcombe Hill and attempt to run it’s rough terrain.  It’s fair to say I underestimated the challenge and had to run-walk rather than run the hill. Running on cobbles and trail paths rather than tarmac was a very different challenge and my speed reflected that.  It’s a long way to the top of the…

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To the limit

To the limit

The weather has been glorious for the last two days, it’s odd that the weather is so nice at this time of year.  It was too good to stay indoors and not take advantage of it.  Dane dropped me a text asking whether I wanted an outdoor session.  Perfect. We met at 4pm on a local field.  Although it was just after finishing time for a couple of local schools and colleges, we largely had the field to ourselves but for a…

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The search begins…

The search begins…

On Sunday, I ran outside for the first time in a long time.  I felt great after the run so told my best friend that I was toying with the idea of entering a half marathon.  That might sound crazy off the back of one run which was seven miles in length – it probably is but when I get an itch I don’t rest until I scratch it! No sooner had I talked about the idea, I started wondering how…

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James Taylor: A cruel world

James Taylor: A cruel world

We live in a world where people are denied happiness by the cruel twist of fate.  James Taylor, 26, a professional cricketer who had made it at county level and broken into the England national team has today announced his retirement from all forms of the game due to a severe heart condition.  My thoughts go out to him at this very difficult time. I’ll always remember watching a discussion about England’s emerging batsmen on Sky Sports last year.  I remember…

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Taking training outside

Taking training outside

A lot of my recent training has been in the gym.  It suits my needs, I am still on a mission to build my strength and physique.  But it’s a shame to waste such beautiful weather so today I took my training outside. Training Since The Blackpool Half Marathon Facebook took the opportunity to remind me that it was 2 YEARS since I ran the Blackpool Half Marathon.  2 whole years!  It took a minute for that to sink in….

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