It’s been a while.

I don’t know what’s made me decide to update the blog today?  It’s raining outside and I can’t get out for a run, I’ll not be going swimming tonight and I haven’t been on my bike since… well, Sunday but it seems like ages. At the end of last year – after the last run…

A funny old year.

Well, that was a funny old 2016 wasn’t it? I seemed to have gone from non runner to…. well…… a bit of a runner!  So much so that I won the Alnwick Harriers Senior Male award and was nominated for two Regional Sports Awards too!  Crumbs! As a recap of the year, I managed….. 2…

Thank you isn’t quite enough!

Last Friday’s Chilli Night and the days since – I think it’s fair to say – have been a success. I only ever set myself a fundraising target of £400 for the Newcastle Healthcare Child Bereavement Charity and would have been dead chuffed if I had have hit that. However, thanks to the generosity of…

Chilli Night – The Aftermath

Friday night saw the much anticipated Chilli Night at Alnwick Rugby Club, all to raise funds for the Newcastle Healthcare Charity – Child Bereavement Fund.  And what a night. We had food (lots!), raffle prizes (loads!), donations (plenty!) and laughs (a lorra, lorra…..!). The Blind Date was hilarious, where we kind of pitted a mother…

The VO2max is done!

Oh, what a night. So I turned up to the Uni pretty oblivious of what was in store.  Tom was there to meet me as my lift arrived to his dimly lit 4th floor office (it was a like a scene from James Bond… “Ah, Mr McAllister – I’ve been expecting you”) and what a…

V02max Testing

Here’s a thing.  Tomorrow after work, I’m heading down to Northumbria Uni to get myself involved in a bit of V02max testing.  You know, as you do. There’s a nice chap called Tom who is doing some research for his phd and I’m getting myself all involved with it, so as part of it he’s…

Strava – the only app I’ve stuck with

When I first started out, I would take my phone to check how far I had run and basically show off to my friends.  However, since I’ve started using Strava, I’ve realised it has far more than just bragging rights.  I am now monitoring pace, elevation, distance and time and can research a bit about…

Just Say No

If I learned anything from watching TV growing up in the 80’s it was to “Just Say No”. Look at the pickle that Zammo got himself into. So with this piece of advice firmly planted in my head, I’ve always shied away from supplements when I’m a-sportin’. I think I also thought that if I…

Epson Runsense SF-810 Testing

So here’s a strange one. One day flicking mindlessly through Twitter (which is the only way to actually flick through Twitter) I saw that Epson were looking for 100 people in the UK (300 worldwide) to test their new running watch and post reviews.  In return they got to keep the watch afterwards.  “Might as…

Foxy Runners

So we’ve started a running group! An all welcome group, 0800 Sunday mornings, meet by the Running Fox in Felton. No pressure, just a easy going run for an hour or so. We’d encourage anyone who’s interested to come along, the more the merrier, social not competitive. We could even pop into the Fox after…

60% Freezing / 40% Mind Games

So yesterday I did the much anticipated, postponed Winter off road duathlon at Kielder Forest and by flippety jibbets, it was cold.  And much harder than I thought. The plan was for an 8k run, 20k off road mountain bike then a 6k run. The first run went fine – enjoyable even!  And the start…

What it’s all about

One of the main reasons for this entire running stuff is to raise funds for the Newcastle Healthcare Charity.  I’ve done OK so far (about £1500 to date) but want to try to smash it next year. I’ve organised a Chilli night at our local rugby club, so if you want to come along then give…

Winter Blues

I’ve been looking forward to today for ages. I’ve never done a duathlon and today was going to be the day.  Unfortunately Desmond came and ruined the course. Disappointed didn’t cut it when the text came through last night.  So I went to bed grumpy.  However, today is a new day so time to reframe….

The best things come in small packages. 

I’m ….. How do they phrase it…. vertically challenged?  Always have been and I presume always will be. Still, we’re all the same when we’re laying down eh? At school I was the smallest chap and in my circle of friends I’m not far off. I’ve heard it all; best things come in small packages?…

Oh, what to wear?

For those of you that have ever gone out for an evening with a lady, you’ll know what it’s like waiting while they choose what to wear. On this I shall say no more (Wifey might be reading). However, winter running has been causing me a dilemma. I don’t want to be too cold, but…

Ian McAllister

Mid-life crisis or lightbulb moment? I’ve never been particularly sporty.  I dipped my toe into running BC (before children) but the man who ran the club told me off for going too slow once and I never went back.  Poor fella was just doing his job at trying to motivate me, but clearly hadn’t chosen…

A duathlon!

So as the final “official” event for 2015 I have decided to go for it, in the form of an off road duathlon. I have only been on my bike a handful of times this year and my off road running isn’t anywhere near as practiced as my road running, so what could possible go…

Running Buddies

My wife used to say to me “why don’t we go for a run together?  Be nice to have a chat”.  “A CHAT???” I’d say?  “How am I expected to run AND talk?  Do you think I’m bionic?”.  And that would be the end of that. So my iPod became my trusted friend when I’d…

Me being ridiculous

For anyone who I haven’t bored the hind legs off, I’m doing some exercising over the next 6 months or so with the hope of raising a bucket load of dosh for the Newcastle Healthcare Charity (Child Bereavement). I’m leading up to a 100km Ultra Marathon along the St Cuthberts Way in July, so to…