Day T+5: Why is doing nothing so tiring?

Ah its been a lovely week of relaxation, despite it actually being quite hard to adjust to not running all day. I feel far more tired and lethargic now I’m not doing anything than when I was running for 8 hours a day. I did however take the advice of several people and have tried to continue running. It has helped; as part of the new James 2.0 I am trying to develop the habit of going for a run first thing in the morning, something I used to hate it. A stunning run along the coastal path between Coogee beach and Bondi beach has certainly helped my retraining.


Just a walk in the park – but what a park!

Oddly, I am a slower runner than when I left for Australia. I think it must be due to the type of running I’ve done, just slow and steady. Fast running is still just as difficult as it was before which is surprising. I guess it just proves the maxim that you have to train specifically for what you want; slow running won’t make you faster, and fast running won’t help your long runs. At least not much, anyway. Food for thought for all you runners out there.

So now I have take an aeroplane (AMAZING CONCEPT) to Cairns in Northern Queensland in search of warmer weather; something I have had some success with. The beach run is now replaced with… another beach run. But this time in a t-shirt! The sunrises are equally fabulous.


A wonderful start to the day

Finally just a quick thanks to everyone who bought a copy of my book – North to South: A man, a bear and a bicycle – on Amazon, and a special thanks to all those who said they really enjoyed it! I have decided to write another book around this trip, but as the last one took 6 years I would start with the current one if I were you!

Stay tuned for a ‘tricks and tips’ post coming soon.




  1. meixichen89 · June 8, 2015

    Just FYI the Amazon link is broken…


  2. Hedwig · June 8, 2015

    Hey James, great blog! And very interesting; the theory about slow/fast running…. will continue to follow you! Good luck with your running!


  3. Adam · June 16, 2015

    Hi James,
    I think you’ll find that you just need some anaerobic work to get the speed up. Im betting that you will see huge improvements from a few interval sessions.
    It’s common for your top speed to decrease when running long and slow, but you are building the aerobic engine.
    Running fast will increase the anaerobic and slowly erode the aerobic, but because you have done so much aerobic you should end up with more overall speed if you do 6-8 weeks of speed work.
    The point where you find the balance between the aerobic and anaerobic is your peak.


    • jamesrbrooman · June 16, 2015

      Thanks Adam, that’s really great advice! I will definitely put that into action; really interested to see what happens. Appreciate the guidance!


  4. 122~_ · June 2, 2016

    I finally found your blog after such a long time, i used to read every single post that came out, but it seems you’ve stopped posting, are you going to post anything new, or are you done with this blog? BTW it is a really enjoyable blog


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