Hi, I’m Tom, an enthusiastic and improving runner mostly found plodding around Bristol but I will always get my trainers (and my foam roller) into the car whenever I go anywhere.

I work as a primary school teacher which means I have some perks that help my training, such as the school holidays, but otherwise I have to be clever with finding time to fit in sessions during the week.

I decided to use ‘The Personal Best Quest’ as my tagline because I feel it best represents what I am trying to achieve with my running. Runners choose to run for different reasons but I definitely fall into the category of someone who wants to compete with themselves to get their best possible timed performance. As many runners will know, the journey from where you start to where you could end up is quite a long unplanned one and just like a quest you have to overcome a number of beasts (injuries and hill runs) before you can get the glory.

Training stretch

Why I am blogging?

After succumbing to injury in the build up to a marathon for the second consecutive year I decided I was fed up with it. My issues all seem to result from small niggles which potentially come from my fundamental running technique which is even more frustrating.

Following  a half marathon (where I somehow got a PB) my knee declared itself as very unhappy and so I made a trip for a sports massage, in the hope they could push it away, only to be told about IT Band Friction Syndrome. Now I have heard of the IT Band being a pain for runners, hence my affections for my foam roller but this was a new one for me.

Weeks of intense twitter and internet searches followed as I explored a number of blogs, sites and twitter feeds in the hope of shining light on my situation. During my time ploughing the internet I found myself inside a running community …and I liked it! So, with this and the results of my googling (which revealed no magic solution) I decided that I would refocus my ambitions and get myself involved in this wonderful running community.

The aim of this blog is to share an honest account of the experiences I have during my training and also to be a platform for sharing thoughts and ideas with others in the world of running.  It was also set up to stop me talking about running so much to the many uninterested parties I encounter.

Please feel free to get in touch to discuss my blogs and offer your own thoughts, advice and tips.

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