2020 has been a very tough year for everyone with one of the key words ‘unprecedented.’ It will be a year we will all remember for the wrong reasons!
Thankfully though there have been highlights that we can hopefully look back on with joy. My wife and I welcomed our 7th grandchild with hearts full of love.
The vast majority of running races have... Read More
There is a well-known statement when it comes to training, ‘The majority of runners run their easy runs too hard and their hard runs too easy.’
I would imagine we have all heard this statement and I also imagine that for the majority of us it is true!
It is so easy to end up doing all our weekly sessions at a similar pace but if we want to see i... Read More
Regardless of what distance you run or what terrain you do it on, all us distance runners tend to have one thing in common - the long run.
Reason 1: Practice Using your Kit
It might seem that every blog we write, starts or finishes with a variation on this point. But we really can't overstate just how important properly testing out your kit i... Read More
Running is a cheap sport. ‘All you need is a pair of running shoes and you are away’
While that may be true every runner knows it is not the full story! As you move up in distance from 5k to 10k, to half marathon, marathon and into ultras the kit list and the amount you spend goes up and up.
Here are just some of the kit that we runners will hav... Read More
Run to the Hills podcast sponsored by Chia Charge are offering a special Christmas competition. In keeping with the spirit of Christmas this one is all about giving rather than receiving!
So instead of trying to win a prize for yourself we are asking you to nominate a friend for the prize. Here is an outline of the prize
Weekly training plan
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In episode 15 of ‘Run to the Hills’ Edwina Sutton and I interviewed Andy Blow, the founder of Precision Hydration. It was a fascinating insight into how to replenish the electrolytes before, during and after a run. One of the key things I learnt was the fact that we are all different and to get the best out of my performance we need a system tha... Read More
One of the good things that has come out of lockdown and the cancellation of many of the races we love is the rise of virtual races. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I’d never thought about how a virtual race would work and what was the point. But now I’ve been involved in a couple over the summer I can see they are a great way to keep moti... Read More
How to make your time outside count and come back feeling refreshed, energised, satisfied and ready to face the day!
BEAT THE CLOCK BACK
Easy 15mins, slowly increasing the pace as you go through the 15 mins warm up, run steady for 10-20 mins (according to your fitness levels) turnaround and try and beat the time back, cool down rest of t... Read More
Staying positive on a long race where you are on the go for 10, 20, 30 or more hours is important but often difficult. The problem is though that when you are feeling negative it does affect you physically so if you are able to stay positive then it has many benefits.
There are many reasons for feeling negative
there is a long w... Read More
Well done for finding this page, just click here to download the Winter Wins 101 pdf. Read More
This blog runs alongside our episode 11 on planning so it’s worth listening to that first and here are some notes to supplement our chat!
There is no argument that if we know the route we are going on, the path is a lot easier to follow. Yes it might have unexpected twists and turns, the odd bump and wrong turn, but if we are heading ... Read More
I ran my first ultra, 53 mile Highland Fling, in 2007 and for the first three years I improved year on year. Then for the next 2 years I had some real struggles especially in the longer 100 mile races. I was proud of the fact that I finished them but it wasn’t pretty as I death marched the final 15 miles or so.
I wondered at 53 yrs old that my a... Read More