FrictionLabs Chalk Review

I bought some new climbing chalk. If you’d have told me 6 months ago that I’d spend even 5 minutes researching the best climbing chalk, I’d have called you a nutter. Times have changed. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know where to start. Then I remembered Brad Gobright. He was my first climbing hero….

How to match your running playlist to your target pace

My friend asked me for some tips to improve his running pace the other day. I’d just totally smashed my 5K Parkrun PB and had sent him an email so that he could congratulate me. His time was 5 minutes slower than mine, which I think we were both a little shocked by. Note: we…

Why everyone should do a Parkrun

If you haven’t heard about Parkrun, they are an amazing network of free, timed 5K runs held all over the world. How it works You register – for free – and are given a barcode. You print the barcode and take it with you on your run. At the end, you are given a chip…

Climbing: How to stop sloppy footwork

I went to a new bouldering place last weekend. It was graded, which is unfamiliar to me, but I loved it. My primary focus at the moment is my footwork. I think it’s the key to climbing efficiently and being as safe as possible. It’s easy to keep this in my head at the beginning…

The Power of Keeping Secrets

Secrets are powerful things. Not just for the person who has been entrusted with the secret, but the person who gives the secret to someone else to keep safe. Something strange happened this morning. I was told a secret. The secret isn’t really that important, but it is to the lady who told me. I…

The right way to refuel and recover after exercise

I’ve been exhausted lately. I knew something was wrong, but didn’t really have any idea where to start. Not enough sleep? Too much exercise? I had a couple of early nights and found myself just waking up earlier. Hmmm. I looked at my workout routine and it’s not really any different to before. I’ve stepped it…

Climbing: My Happy Place

The routes have been reset! Yey! I’ll be climbing by myself for three weeks – what? I’m not sure how I feel about this, but my buddy won’t even be in the country, so I guess he has a good excuse. Now, these routes. They might be my favourite set so far – it’s possible…

What is the truth about men?

There’s always the talk of how guys don’t understand women. That women are always making and changing rules and whatever. I don’t get it. Don’t get me wrong – women are very confusing. I certainly don’t understand many of them. I know that we say everything’s fine when it most definitely isn’t. I know that…

Why you should learn about running form even if you ignore it

I read about how to run quite a lot. Almost as much as I read about how to climb and how to train for climbing. Sometimes I make adjustments to how I run based on what I’ve read, sometimes I totally ignore it. But the main reason I’m saying it’s a good thing, is that…