Sinful Sunday: Marathon Man

On any other Sunday, I’d have written something incredibly filthy about the photo above.

Maybe I’d have pointed out the way my legs are spread wide on the sofa; my body ready to be pushed gently forward till my arse is in the air, exposed and free for someone to play with.

Or perhaps I’d have focused on the epic impact of marathon training on sexual stamina; how we went at it hammer and tongs for over an hour the other night, our bodies still hungry and eager at the end of it.

Those stories will have to wait for another time though, because this Sinful Sunday I’m going to do something a little different…

Four weeks from tonight, I will go to bed early and pray that sleep comes quickly. When I wake up on that Sunday morning, I will eat a light breakfast, apply BodyGlide to my nipples and groin, strap on my knee support, and get dressed. I’ll wear a black vest and shorts, a green cap, and red-flecked running shoes. On the front of the vest, I’ll pin a race number; tied to my shoelaces will be a timing chip. I’ll be ready to go.

Over the last 11 weeks, I’ve run approximately 285 miles. I’ll add 13 to that total tomorrow evening, and maybe another 90 or so before race day. Chuck in the marathon itself, and I’ll have covered a little bit more than the driving distance between London and Glasgow; around double the journey from Boston to New York.

It sounds like a lot, but for the most part I’ve enjoyed it. I’m lucky enough to have started from a position of reasonable physical fitness; my feet don’t blister, my joints and muscles are in decent shape, and I am, according to any standard definition, able-bodied. I also get to run around a great city on most of my training runs, seeing lots of interesting things as I go; when I’m done I can come back to my nice, comfortable flat, have a hot shower, and settle down on the sofa with a decent meal and a glass of wine.

That’s a luxury a lot of people don’t have, which is why my other main aim in Berlin – alongside running a sub-4 hour marathon – is to raise as much money as I can for Shelter, the homelessness charity.

Shelter campaign on a range of issues related to housing and homelessness, including public investment in affordable homes, control on private rent rises, and welfare provisions that increase the risk of people losing their homes. They do really great work across the UK, and I’m proud to be running as part of their team in Berlin.

Between my two fundraising pages, I’ve so far raised a little over £450 in sponsorship. If you’d like to help me increase that total between now and September 27th, just click here. It doesn’t matter whether you live outside the UK – Virgin Money will convert from your local currency into £££ after you donate. Every pound raised will enable Shelter to do even more to fight homelessness in this country.

Thank you!

Exhibit A

P.S. The photo above is based on an image sent to me by Exposing 40 a few weeks ago (source: The only bits I couldn’t really replicate were the stripy sofa and enormous testicles!

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17 Responses to Sinful Sunday: Marathon Man

  1. I like your version better 😉

    Rebel xox

  2. Exposing40 says:

    A fine model, and fine words! Xx

  3. kinkybikermom says:

    love the tan lines I like the second photo the best but both are great

  4. Molly says:

    Good luck with the marathon, I would love to run one but I don’t have a running body and know I would never make it. As for the image, I actually prefer your version, the striped sofa is too distracting and the blown highlights in the window pull my eye away from the make figure. You corrected those problems and as a result I find my eye enjoying the view a great deal more


  5. Penny says:

    Wow–gorgeous lighting, sexy subject, awesome shot!

  6. silverdomuk says:

    Great photo. Good luck with the marathon.

  7. KaziG says:

    I like your version too! Best of luck with the marathon 🙂

    ~Kazi xxx

  8. Your version is much better, there are too many distractions in the other photo 🙂
    Good luck with the marathons!

  9. your version is less distracting on the eye… easier to focus on all the wonderful details instead of distracted by the stripy lines of the couch and you have better lighting

    very yummy pic

  10. I’m another who finds the inspiration image a little too much, I much prefer the simplicity of yours, the tones are gorgeous.

    Good luck with the marathon, I’d fucking die if I ran 26 metres!!


  11. mariasibylla says:

    I love the symmetry in this, all the way sudden to the crack of your ass, broken only by the lovely arch of your back. It’s really beautiful, and yes, I think your photo is an improvement upon the inspiration.

  12. sub-Bee says:

    Good luck with it! I would love to run a marathon but a half is the top of my limits now without breaking myself!

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