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Seven things I believe have transformed my running

Seven things I believe have transformed my running

Like many people I have met through running, when I started I really had very little idea what I was doing: all I knew was that I needed to take back control of my life. A friend of mine had made the same lifestyle changes that I needed to – stopping smoking, getting fitter, eating [...]

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Chasing the Chasers – why group runs really work for me

Chasing the Chasers – why group runs really work for me

Tuesday night is track night for me – well it is now that I have given myself a kick up the backside and started to take my training for VLM 2014 seriously. These track sessions are brilliant and will be one of the crucial things that makes a difference to my training. There is one [...]

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Training, racing and time on the feet: why slower marathons are as challenging as faster ones.

In the last two weeks, I have run two marathons. That makes it three marathons since 21 April, i.e. five weeks ago. And I have learned from all of them. But the lessons have been very different, certainly between the first marathon and the last two. The first marathon this spring was the London marathon [...]

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Why focussing on the marathon might be the wrong thing to do

I was recently at a really cool event called Write This Run – a get-together for running bloggers in Bushey Park. There were 12 speakers at the event, from inspirational characters like Mimi Anderson and Kevin Betts to a running form coach, a personal trainer, some blogging experts and Scott Overall. This post is all [...]

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How to get your preparation on track

How to get your preparation on track

For many runners, training on a track is something other runners – more talented, more dedicated, more serious runners – do. There is a perception that training on the track is for the elite or for athletes training for track distances. But that should not be the case. We have a few athletics tracks still [...]

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The Simple (Simon) Guide to Racing a Marathon – Part four: Psychology

The final post in this mini-series is all about the head. Race day can be stressful and whilst I think that a degree of nerves can be a good thing, I want to keep it under control. And control is what I focus on. Control the things you can and don’t worry about the rest. [...]

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The Simple (Simon) Guide to Racing a Marathon – Part three: Fuel

Eat As with hydration, I think that during the race, the best you can hope for is to top up your fuel stores as best you can. The body can absorb 90grms of carbohydrate per hour which equates to about 360 kcal. In general running is considered to require about 500 kcal per hour. However [...]

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The Simple (Simon) Guide to Racing a Marathon – Part two: Hydration

Drink I don’t think it is possible to race a marathon (I use the word ‘race’ as against ‘run’ or ‘complete’ because ‘race’ to me means pushing as close to your limits as you can) without getting dehydrated. As with so many things relating to a marathon, the key here is making sure you get [...]

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The Simple (Simon) Guide to Racing a Marathon – Part one: Timing

It was my birthday a while ago and my aunt sent me one of those gently amusing cards that cause very little offence or mirth. Here it is… But it got me thinking about how all too often, achieving a goal can become a daunting exercise over over-whelming complexity. I know it was for my [...]

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Race report: The Kingston Breakfast Run 2013

I am really sick and tired of the winter weather this year. I realise that it is stupid to complain about the weather – it certainly is not going to change anything. But I have never known a winter of training like it. It has just been relentlessly cold and either raining of snowing almost [...]

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