Welcome to AnyIdiotCanRun!! My name is Chris and I am a runner. My aim with this website is to tell you what I am up to, share my running journey, and show you that if this idiot can put one foot in front of the other – then you can too.
I think it is safe to call myself a runner now, although I may also respond to jogger, plodder, or simply ‘Oi, you!’.
In April 2011, I made it to the start line of the Virgin London Marathon; the journey to the start was fraught with difficulties and issues both mentally and physically, and I guess the race itself kind of summed it all up in the end as I failed miserably. I won’t bore you with the details now, but should you wish to read about the day, you can do here.
I resisted (some pretty significant) urges to throw all my trainers away, and since that God-awful day, despite some hiccups, my running has gone from strength to strength. In 2012 I completed the inaugural Milton Keynes Marathon. I didn’t have as good a day as I might have hoped, but I did knock 1hr 20 off of my PB time set in London.
I enjoy all kinds of races, from the flat road marathon of Milton Keynes, to the longest obstacle race in the world at the Neurburgring, via the hills-of-hell and bog-of-doom in the Delamere Forest Hellrunner. I became a certified ultra-runner when I ran 50 miles along the North Downs way in May 2013. This was despite having a torn meniscus in my knee which went undiagnosed for an extremely long time. Long story short, I only had surgery on my knee in September 2014 and 2015 was absolutely my come-back year.
I regularly attend parkrun (I am lucky to live a mile away from my local one) and my PB has plummeted to a fraction over 20 minutes. I also took three minutes off my 10km PB, reset my half marathon PB twice, and took another 50 minutes off my best marathon time as I travelled to Frankfurt in October and completed the course in 3:30:26.
I hope you enjoy my running blog where I discuss the vagaries of running and racing. I also like to throw in the odd running shoe review or tell you about the running books I am reading! Have an explore of my blog, and if you like what you see, please drop me a comment. Any questions, or if you just fancy a chat, then please send me a message, or find me on twitter.
Speak to you soon,