The man who invented exercise

Many thanks to Highway Kind over at Running Matters, who flagged this article on the late Jerry Morris last week – an absolutely fascinating account of the first person to make a link between sedentary lifestyles and heart disease in 1949. Jerry studied postal workers and transport workers; some of whom were active and others […]

Getting better

I’ve managed to restore some semblance of normality to my exercise regime again, after a couple of weeks of doing not a lot. I’ve been much better at doing the exercises the osteopath gave me – primarily aimed at stretching out the hip flexors and glutes – over the past week, so hopefully won’t get […]

Juneathon – day 21 (Hampstead Midsummer 10k race review)

I’d previously ruled out doing the Hampstead Midsummer 10k, local to Phil, on the basis that it was a three-lap course around a residential area. I don’t much enjoy laps, especially ones that contain a massive big hill; and it seemed a shame to run around the roads when the Heath itself is gorgeously green […]

Solar powered run

Peculiar back pain update: not perfect, but tonnes better than it was last Tuesday when I wrote my last melodramatic update. Haven’t made that appointment yet, but probably should to be on the safe side. Didn’t do much more last week – just a spinning class on Friday before work. But, like a lot of […]

Rest and routine

It took a few days to recover from the Barmouth to Yarmouth bike ride, to the extent that I did nothing on the exercise front for almost a week and took the opportunity to rest. Back into some semblance of a routine since then: Sunday, 19 April – 4.5-mile run around Hampstead Heath (tried out […]

Running frustrations

Headed up to Snorbs to meet my little brother for a British Military Fitness class on Saturday morning as planned. Dad came along too – out of genuine interest rather than a desire to embarrass his two sproglets – and luckily the camera was playing up so the episode was not recorded for posterity. It […]