Hi, I’m Oliver, a 37 year old teacher, husband to a very understanding and loving wife, father of two amazing kids, and occasional runner. I live in Leeds and have been running off and on for about 10 years.

The site is called runyourselfbetter because that’s really why I run. However rubbish everything else might feel, running makes me feel better. Life is often unpredictable but you know what to expect from a run. You might not like it or enjoy it, but you know what you’re going to get from it. I’ve been telling myself for the last 10 years that if I run enough I can get better at running too, but by the age of 36 I’m just about willing to accept that I might never beat Mo Farah over 10k and that maybe I’m at the point of just trying hard to not get any worse.

Hopefully by visiting this site you’ll feel inspired to run or run more. Maybe you’ll find a new place to run, or a new way to recover from that run that was just a bit longer than it should have been. Maybe when you’re injured or too exhausted to run any more you’ll visit the site and read and engage in some of the posts and it’ll just about keep you ticking over until you can get out there and run again.

Thanks for visiting my site. Every visitor really means a lot to me. Feel free to get on touch and tell me how I can get better at running or running a website.

Update – October 2020.

With the current situation showing no signs of changing, and actual race opportunities being few and far between, I’ve decided to try and change the approach of the blog somewhat. I had always intended to mostly focus on my own experiences of running but new experiences are few and far between at the minute. Therefore I’m going to attempt to gather useful advice, research and data and share it on here to help give people practical information and inspiration to go and become better runners.