… in 3 years. The Vitality Oxford Half Marathon has been my most anticipated race this year. As you may have read in my previous blog post, I did not do particularly well in this half marathon last year. In fact I DNF’d, and needless to say, I was determined to make things right this time and earn the finishers’ medal with a strong finish. For starters, I signed up to do this race alone. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it more liberating to just run on my own, in the spirit of ‘my race, my pace’,…

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I guess many experienced and new runners are familiar with that little, but rather nagging voice in their head that seems to switch itself on during various stages during their running session or even before the run itself starts. Before going out for a run, I am often confronted with thoughts like “you can always do it tomorrow/in the afternoon, when…”, or “it’s too late now and not safe, someone will rape you in the dark”, “it’s too hot” or “it looks like it’s going to rain soon” or “give yourself a break for f*’s sake”. My experience is that…

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