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…

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…

Different Ways to Measure Climbing Progress

This week’s climb was at the tail end of the graph. We have one more week before the routes get reset. “What graph?” I hear you enquire with equal anticipation and excitement – as most, if not all graphs should be met. Well, my friends, this graph: I’m in week 4 or 5 – I…

Why you should climb with a buddy

I can’t quite believe my climbing sessions keep getting better and better. Progress isn’t in a straight line, it’s almost unpredictable. I think that’s part of what I love so much about it. It’s thrilling. This week, I was early. I know, what?? Well it’s true, I was. Which meant I could park further away…

How I improved by ten seconds per mile

In one run, I took ten seconds off my per mile pace. This isn’t an epic run, it was all over in under half an hour. When I started out, it didn’t feel like it was going to be a fast run. I was hungry, I could have easily bailed out and just eaten dinner…

7 More Ways to Keep Running When You Hate It…

I ended up running in the rain yesterday. I can’t quite decide if this was a positive or negative experience. I know it was inevitable, it’s raining all the time. I made it through my route, with a consistent (dry) pace. Note: This is probably me being optimistic – the ground is so wet, even…

BEST CLIMB EVER: Analysis

This week’s climbing session started like any other, with me being late. Being late doesn’t bother me, but the lunch time session at my climbing place is 12 – 14:00, so if you’re late, you miss out on your climbing time. Bummer. I was in good spirits, I’d sung along to my current car playlist…

Tough Muddering Progress (or not…)

OK, so we have (counts) 11 weeks until Tough Mudder. I’ve started my running training. You know, that running training I wasn’t going to do. As I said, I’m doing the TM with my sister and brother (both older). The other day, I was having a chat and a cuppa with my brother who planted…