How was your 2019? I’m willing to bet that some things went really well and other things that you wanted to happen just didn’t. Life happened instead. Surprises probably popped up that meant having to put things off; injuries may have put paid to plans or your feelings about earlier targets may have changed. Personally, my races all went to pl... Read More
We've all heard the old saying "Winter miles equals summer smiles", but is slogging away with tonnes of slow steady pace work really the key to being the best runner you can for the summer season? Or should you be doing the complete opposite and spending the snowy months focusing on developing speed and strength? We think the latter might just b... Read More
We love oats. We use them in our flapjacks, we mix them in our smoothies at home and especially at this time of year we're making a tonne of porridge with them.
So then it should come as no surprise then that when the opportunity arose (after four years of being rebuked) to show off what I can do with a pan full of oats at the World Porridge C... Read More
There's no two ways about it, The London Marathon is a biggie. Thought of by many as one of the most enjoyable marathons in the world to run, that is if you can get a spot in the first place.
Which is a lot easier said than done, in 2019 a whopping 414,168 runners applied for the London Marathon and of that colossal number roughly 360, 000 were ... Read More
When it comes to marathons, they don't get much bigger and more exciting than the one and only London Marathon. While the Boston Marathon might have the heart of the running elite and Paris really is unrivalled when it comes to the views, The London Marathon has soul. It's the real runners marathon, a true festival of fitness.
And just think you... Read More
It seems that in the last week or so the temperature has started to drop and those long summer nights, where you can run for hours after work, seem to of passed us by for another year. On the surface, it's easy to look at this as a bad thing for your running, but off season offers up a whole new host of benefits and challenges to take on.
Here a... Read More
The thought of running at night can be a daunting for anyone, regardless of skill level. Understandably too, it's cold, dark and at this time of year it's also wet more often than not, but don't let that put you off. Not only is running in the dark pretty much a must if you want to train this winter (and have a day job) but with a little prep ni... Read More
We’ve all had this experience: you’re in a race, working hard, giving it your all, when someone floats past you looking totally comfortable and effortless. There are loads of potential factors for that person’s performance but I’d be willing to bet that one of them is strength and conditioning work.
It’s something that many runners neglect becau... Read More
When you first start out running, it feels like you can't lace up your trainers without breaking a personal best of some sort or other. It doesn't matter whether it's the furthest you've ever run, a fastest time or even something a little less tangible like the most technical course you've ever done, when you are starting out you get better quic... Read More
In principle smoothies are fantastic, you take a load of healthy ingredients blend them all together and hey presto you have a quick and nutritious breakfast. Which is well and good, unless like me you find that a liquid breakfast leaves you hungry by 10am. This is where the smoothie's heartier big brother steps in - The Smoothie Bowl.
What is ... Read More
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