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
There is nothing in the running world that can really compare to the feeling of a good hard trail run. It really is the tops, the mix of adrenaline, lung busting climbs and beautiful views is a wonderful combination but it can be a little overwhelming to know where to get started for newbies. So we put together these nine simple tips to get you ... Read More
There's no two ways about it, Ride London is a biggie. Thought of by most as one of the most enjoyable 100 milers you can do, especially in the UK, that is if you can get a spot in the first place.
Which is a lot easier said than done, but don't despair if you didn't get one of the coveted spots - Chia Charge is here for you, with a few fun Ride... Read More
Thank you to Mike Gaddas of Colconquerors for writing this great guide for us.
So you've got one of the precious places on the 2019 Ride London, well first off - Congratulations! It really is a race like no other with breathtaking views and even a couple of breath taking hills to boot. Aside from just relaxing and enjoying the experience there ... Read More
As they say up my way, it’s turning!
The weather is certainly feeling a lot fresher at the moment as those golden, crisp days of autumn subside and we’re waking up to a layer of frost on the trails. As nice as it is not to be drenched in sweat every time you finish a run, it can also be tricky to know how to stay comfortable once the cold kicks... Read More
The internet is great isn't it. Not only does it allow you to order Flapjacks and have them arrive at your door the next day, it also has tonnes upon tonnes of running training plans and plenty of them free. Which is absolutely amazing for runners of all levels but if you are still new to this running malarkey then some of the different types of... Read More
The first couple of times you go running, chances are that eating is going to be the absolute last thing on your mind. Instead your more likely to be focusing on how your previously flat neighbourhood all of a sudden feels rather hilly and that your probably didn't need quite so many layers. As time goes on and the those short runs start becomin... 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
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... Read More
When it comes to caring for the environment we've got an incredibly straightforward approach both at Chia Charge and in our personal lives. If we can make a simple change that will allow us reduce, reuse or recycle a material then that's exactly what we'll do. After all as trail runners, mountain bikers and hikers anything we can do to keep the ... Read More