It's June and I really shouldn't be having to write about running in the rain, but alas here we are. The weather is miserable and the amount of runners I see out each morning is depleting with each successively grim day. With some decent waterproofs though running in the rain doesn't need to be something to shy away from. Don't believe me?
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To the uninitiated last week was just another week in the middle of May but to the ultra running fan boys and girls among us it was a biggie. That's because we were lucky enough to have not one but two super tough biennial races going on at the same time. This meant 7 days of dot watching the Dragons Back (a brutal multi day race through the Wel... Read More
Running can be stressful enough, having to worry about navigation, the weather and niggling aches, but none of that compares to the stress of packing a race bag. You want to pack everything and then spares for everything you've already packed but then you weigh you're bulging bag and realise running with 10kg for 20 plus miles is no fun at all... Read More
The year was 2012, the Olympics were coming to the UK for the first time since the 40s and absolutely everyone it seemed was mad for fitness. I however was not amongst them, instead I was deskbound working in a food business working too many hours a week. But inevitably the fitness bug managed to work it's way into my life and I fell for running... Read More
Chia seeds used to be a bit of an oddity. On the one hand they are this almost unparalleled nutritional powerhouse packing more goodness gram for gram than anything else I can think of.
However these tiny, flavourless, black seeds just aren't quite sexy enough to ever really get the media attention they deserve. As a result the humble chia seed ... Read More
It's about this time every year, as the main part of the running season gets under way that we start looking for any to help knock an extra second off. If you are already eating smart, training hard (and smart) and recovering just as hard, it might be time to start looking at using caffeine pre run.
I'm not however talking about the slurping dow... Read More
I've seen the above saying attributed to both Winston Churchill and Benjamin Franklin, regardless of the author, this bit of wisdom has guided me through over 30 marathons.
Over the years I've had lots of marathon runners contact me asking for advice on their marathon fuelling, and asking is a great first step. Here's some quick suggestion... Read More
For many people running a marathon is the greatest physical achievement of their lives. And rightly so, running the 26.2 deserves respect, regardless of whether you're running your first or your hundred and first Marathon!
With the right preparation though, a marathon is absolutely achievable for almost anyone, this means not only having done th... Read More
When Renee McGregor talks you'd better listen up, because she is a nutritional genius, having worked as a Sports Nutritionist for a host of GB Athletes and written some incredible books on the subject. Her book "Training Food" was ranked as #1 on Amazon in Fitness and is a brilliant read. For all things Renee we suggest you look at her website ... Read More
I love running races, especially the longer ones, but honestly the stress of trying to taper properly used to be enough for me to almost swear off Marathons for good! That is until I took the time to come up with a simple plan for easing back on distance and intensity ahead of a race, instead of just playing it by ear, which never worked for me.... Read More
In an ideal world before every run you'd set aside two hours to make sure you had time to eat, drink and let it all settle before heading out of the door. The reality however is that none of us live in that perfect imaginary world and instead have to fit our training in around real life. Sometimes that means you have to stick your head under the... Read More
We all know that the backbone of a long distance runners training program is the old steady state state or long run. These big runs are an absolute must if you want to be able to get to marathon distance and beyond. If however you're aim is to do more than just finish a race then you are going to need to do a little more than just plodding along... Read More