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Highlights of 2020

Highlights of 2020

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...
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Recovery Runs

Recovery Runs

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...
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All about Kit

All about Kit

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...
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Christmas Competition

Christmas Competition

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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How to get your hydration right

How to get your hydration right

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...
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Virtual Challenges

Virtual Challenges

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...
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Power Hour

Power Hour

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...
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Staying Positive

Staying Positive

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 something hurts there is a long w...
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Planning your Training

Planning your Training

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! Why plan?  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 ...
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How to finish well in an ultra

How to finish well in an ultra

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...
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Your new post run routine

Your new post run routine

Regardless of what program you follow or what distance you run, all running training for the most part can be split into two parts. The time spent actually running (and doing cross training) and the time spent recovering from that training. The first part is the fun stuff, it's what we all love about running, out in nature breezing through the t...
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Mental Health and Running

Mental Health and Running

Listening to our two brilliant, blunt and so truthful interviews with Gayle and David this week I feel totally inadequate to talk about this subject. Their words are so powerful, stories so raw and most importantly their advice is so so so important. If you haven't taken a listen, do!  Links are here for itunes, spotify and youtube. Please subsc...
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