As anyone who reads this blog will know, competitive sports has been a big part of my life. After 10 years of cycle racing, I transitioned to running in 2017, but the way we approach training for both sports is similar. Most people will follow what's called a periodised training programme. At a macro level, … Continue reading Finding the flow…..
Yesterday I did my first half marathon of the year, and it was the most fun I've ever had doing a race! The reason? I ran it with my daughter Rebecca. Becs did the Big Half in London earlier this year, and decided to enter Edinburgh. I was working in London last week, so as … Continue reading Running for fun (and PBs!)
On Saturday evening we went to hear my good friend Lauren Currie speak at the University of Dundee. Lauren is one of the people who've inspired me on my journey in the world of design over the last decade, so it's always a delight to see her. When she introduces herself on stage she'll typically … Continue reading Believe in Better
It's been a week of talking about paper. Specifically, organisations that continue to insist on printing & sending information to customers, whether they like it or not. In 2018 there's really no excuse for doing that. The common refrain is, "well, we've always done it like that". However that doesn't mean you should be. Last … Continue reading Let’s talk about paper
A lot has happened since I last posted back in February! First of all, I raced the Garioch 10k on 25th March. It was a new route compared to when I last raced in 2017, and no longer went past our old house in Inverurie. I do wonder if they've kept the original Johanna Basford … Continue reading Pushing onwards….
I've not blogged much lately, at least not on here. Business has been busy and I've been working on building a solid base for a full season of racing. There's not been a great deal to say to be honest! Today was the last day of my stamina training phase, and it's been the toughest … Continue reading Training Update
First up, a happy new year to you! I've been offline quite a bit since the end of the year - a conscious decision - so this is my first post in a while. I'm not one for new year's resolutions, but recently (around mid-December) I realised that I was wasting too much time on … Continue reading Hitting the reset button
For many years now I've been a fan of podcasts. I remember listening to Freakonomics back in 2010 after I'd broken my collarbone, I liked the fact that I could listen to interesting content on demand. Since then podcasting has exploded and you can find shows on pretty much any topic you're interested in. I … Continue reading Podcasts I’ve been listening to lately
Last Monday, my brother was voted the Foremost Golf Professional of the Year, one of the most prestigious awards of the year in his profession. Niall's been a Golf Professional for 25 years, but golf's been a big part of his life since he was a small child. As an amateur golfer, Niall was outstanding. … Continue reading Niall McGill, Foremost Golf Professional of the Year 2017
I'm halfway through the base training plan - 4 more weeks to go. My body feels fully recovered from the marathon now. In my runs on Thursday and the long run yesterday, I've written in my training log that it felt 'effortless', and yet I'm doing these easy runs almost one minute per mile faster … Continue reading A quick running update