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not running: a new category

This blog is about running and specifically about two things: me trying to find out how good I can be ...
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adidas Thunder Run 2013… the movie!

There is a film about the adidas Thunder Run which I think captures the spirit of the event perfectly. There ...
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adidas adiZero Adios Boost review – good just got better

I think that to a greater or lesser extent, all runners are creatures of habit and that is never truer ...
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All training is (not) equal

I am a believer in training programmes. That is mainly because I know that I am quite a lazy person ...
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Lakeland 50 & 100 winners: Stuart Mills and Ben Abdelnoor

One of the premier off-road ultras in the UK is the Lakeland 100 & 50 miles races. These are definitely ...
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TR24 adidas Thunder Run: race report for 2013

If someone asked me if I wanted to get involved in a 24-hour relay race, where I would be pushing ...
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Guest post: Brooks & Moving Comfort Autumn/Winter Product Launch

When I was away in France recently, I was sadly unavailable for the Brooks and Moving Comfort press party. These ...
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adidas got sole… the adidas Springblade release

Last year I was extremely fortunate to be taken to New York by adidas for the global launch of their ...
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Athletics’ sponsors and their responsibility regarding doping in athletics

I love running – doing it, thinking about it, working with companies involved in it, watching it. What I hate ...
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Mizuno Wave Ronin 5 review – black and blue shoes

I first came across the Mizuno Wave Ronin thanks to Toby Lambert at Alton Sports. After talking to a few ...
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La Montagn’Hard Race Report

I’ve been known to DNS a race for a bit of drizzle, but there was no way I could use ...
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Meeting the inov-8 team in Chamonix

I have long been a fan of inov-8. And not just the shoes, though it is worth saying that I ...
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Shoe review: Saucony Peregrine 2

At the moment I am having a great time in Chamonix, spending time running in the mountains and exploring all ...
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Running for my Nan

A couple of weeks ago my Nan - the wonderful Nellie - passed away. She was 97 years old. I ...
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The hills are alive, with the sound of running: a trail running weekend in Chamonix

I think that one of the amazing things about running is the variety of ways that an athlete can out ...
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When road meets trail – the intersections of two running tribes

Snowboarders vs. skiers... Twenty20 vs. 5 day test matches... road cyclists vs. mountain bikers... ping-pong vs. table tennis ...
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Hot dang! An ashmei merino wool product review

Disclaimer – please read this: I want to make it really clear from the very start that as the co-owner ...
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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 ...
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Gold medal or Palme d’Or? Why running form is less important than running more.

This morning, as I was sitting eating breakfast, a thought popped into my head about the nature of competition. My ...
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Copenhagen marathon 2013: my race review

As you may or may not know, my big target race this spring was the Virgin London Marathon on 21 ...
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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 ...
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Stand and deliver… why standing all day and running go together

As many of you will know, at the end of last year my wife, Julie, and I launched freestak, a ...
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Nike Free 5.0+ review

The people at Nike recently sent me a pair of the new Nike Free 5.0+ to review. Having always had ...
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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 - ...
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Feet In The Clouds interview with Richard Askwith

You may have recently seen my review of Richard Askwith's book about fell running, Feet In The Clouds, which is ...
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Book review: Feet in the Clouds by Richard Askwith

One of the things I love about running is that at it’s heart is a purity that doesn’t exist in ...
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Virgin London Marathon 2014 entry opens… and slams the door on some GFA runners

After the excitement and razzamatazz of the London marathon, there follows a somewhat unsightly scramble for places the following year ...
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My review of the 2013 Virgin London Marathon – a case of risk and reward

Going right back to when – and why – I started running in the first place, control was a big ...
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Three is the magic number – interviewing Kipsang, Mutai and Makau at the 2013 London marathon

It seems as though every year, the organisers of the London marathon bring together "the greatest field ever assembled" for ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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From Abrahams, Harold to Zatopek, Emil – the A-Z of runners

Those of you who have been enduring, erm, I mean reading, this blog for a while, might recall a couple ...
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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 ...
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Running around Hyde Park with Liz, yelling.

In my very humble opinion, I think that Liz Yelling has all the attributes of a top coach - she ...
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The truth about being the best runner I can be

As some readers of this blog will be aware, I recently managed to make the leap from my passion for ...
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A love of running in the mountains

When I met my wife, I was an unashamed pavement-bashing flat-land runner. The less corners and hills the better as ...
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Hard to start, harder to stop

It is that time in my training cycle when getting out for a run feels like quite a big effort ...
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A rant about the value of training advice

With a sport growing in popularity as fast as running is, there will always be people helpfully offering advice and ...
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Motivation for the Nation

It might be the weather. Or the fact that marathon training is starting to take it's toll. It could be ...
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ASICS x Lakeland Trail Series

My first pair of off-road running shoes were ASICS Gel Trabuco. I bought them because at the time I was ...
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Do as he says, not as I do

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a talk given by my coach Nick Anderson, to a group of ...
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The adidas Boost – first impressions

EVA  - the material used to make the sole of over 90% of all cushioned sports shoes, has been around ...
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To train or not to train… that is the question?

For many runners, once they are bitten by the running bug, there are suddenly a whole host of complex reasons ...
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Moving Comfort for women: a review

Words by Ms. Dionne Allen Recently the team behind Moving Comfort, owned by Brooks, invited simonfreeman.co.uk to have a look ...
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Guest review of the Nike Flyknit Racer

Words by Mr. Terry Stephens. My friend and training partner, Terry Stephens, kindly offered to give me his thoughts on ...
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My review of the Nike Flyknit Racer and Lunar1+

Since the invention of the ‘waffle’ shoe by Bill Bowerman, which was one of the things that catapulted Nike into ...
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The launch of the adidas Boost – New York, Feb. 2013.

How do you announce and celebrate a game-changing piece of technology in the running market? It must be difficult for ...
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Steam Machine – the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+

I have a playlist on my iPod that I reserve for when I need a real audio boost - EPO ...
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The storm is coming

Think back if you will, to the point before your marathon preparation cycle started. Let’s take November last year for ...
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adidas Energy Boost sneak peek

As I have mentioned on this 'ere blog before, when it comes to footwear - and especially racing footwear - ...
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ASICS autumn/winter running apparel review

While I was out on my run this morning, I started thinking about how fed up I am with the ...
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Meeting Kate Giles from the Crewroom

As I rushed around trying to find the place I was supposed to be meeting Kate Giles, founder of Crewroom, ...
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Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon – the return of the red squirrel

This morning I went to the launch of the Royal Parks Foundation half marathon ballot.  You can register for the ...
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A Tale of Two Races (cancelled)

One of the things I sometime muse about is the immutability of nature, especially the weather. Whether we like it ...
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What can be measured can be managed… probably

I just watched a report on the BBC website about how technology is being used to help people measure every ...
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The day I went running with Julia Bleasdale

Last week I had the pleasure of going running with Julia Bleasdale. Yep, that's right... the runner who came 8th ...
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Mind the gap

There are many cliches around training as to be the best runner you can be - that you can bank ...
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Riding the crest of a wave – Mizuno Wave Rider review

When I started running I lacked loyalty to any shoe brand, let alone to any one model. I went into ...
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Finally getting to grips with the ‘cross?

I'll readily admit that I didn't start out as much of a fan of cross-country when I found running all ...
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Getting away from it all in the city

Recently I have been seeking out ways to run off-road. Good for the legs and great for the soul! ...
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Racing enough or too much?

I don't think I raced enough in 2012 ...
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I get knocked down… and then what

Reading about the fall-out from UK Sport's decisions about funding for the different governing bodies in this country on the ...
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The RESPYs are back!

This time last year, in a fit of anger about what I, and many other people saw as the sexist ...
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The danger of generic – free – training schedules

One of my pet hates is people providing incorrect information or unqualified opinions without bothering to check what they are ...
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Trump-eting the future for running shops?

I was running a little late as I approached the new Sweatshop concept store, on Trump Street in the City ...
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The weather outside is frightful… which is just great! Nike Elements review.

One of my favourite DVDs is ‘On Thin Ice’, the story of James Cracknell and Ben Fogle racing to the ...
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The value of a target

Like many people, I suppose, I started running to lose weight and keep fit. Somewhere in my cortex was the ...
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St Neots half marathon 2012

There are a few races that feature prominently in the calendar at my running club, the Mornington Chasers. There is ...
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A triumphant return

Last week I was the lucky recipient of a new pair of Saucony’s Triumph 10s ...
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ASICS Gel Lyte 33 review

A while ago, the good people at ASICS invited me to go to Berlin with them for the launch of ...
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The heart of the matter

I recently was included in a tweet from a friend looking for advice (by the way, if you're reading this ...
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Cabbage Patch 10 Miler – race report

This is my race report from the Cabbage Patch 10 Miler (in addition to the review that I wrote for ...
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The power of the pen (or the keyboard)

I have discovered something about myself and I suspect I am not alone – I need to write things down ...
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What we need are heroes

I believe that one of the reasons for periods of time when certain nations or even regions dominate in any ...
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Getting rubbed up the right way.

I love a massage, there is no getting away from it. In fact before I started running I used to ...
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Runners At The Sharp-end #7: Justina Heslop

Justina is a friend and colleague of Tom Payn, our Runner From The Sharp-end #6 (which you can read here) ...
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What I learned this weekend…

I have a confession: I sometimes cause myself quite a lot of stress trying to keep too many people happy ...
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Running Naturally In Berlin by Catherine Wilding

Be Careful What You Wish For There is a well known saying be careful what you wish for because it ...
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I’m so happy for you… probably

How do you feel when someone you consider to be equal to (or even lesser than) you in any area ...
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Runners At The Sharp-end #6: Tom Payn

I was introduced to Tom by my coach, Nick Anderson from RunningWithUs. I knew of Tom from some of his ...
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Some things that a runners should never do (and how to avoid doing them)

This is a post inspired by my own stupidity. I run quite a lot and it is all too easy ...
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Competing or completing: does it matter?

I just read an article in a running magazine and one line in it made me feel momentarily sad and ...
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Hicham El Guerrouj – a running hero

For many people in the UK, the 1500m is a race that had its heyday with Coe, Ovett and Cram ...
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An amazing triple

I was reading a book recently called Tracking Heroes and was especially fascinated by Emil Zatopek: his training methods, attitude ...
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Do you eschew?

Do you eschew things in pursuit of being the best runner you can be? I don’t ‘sacrifice’ things to try ...
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freestak – a plug!

Say hello to freestak Please pardon me for such an overt plug for a project that I am involved in, ...
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Runners At The Sharp-end #5: Mat Chataway

As fellow members of the Mornington Chasers Running Club, Mat and I managed to do a pretty good job of ...
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The truth is out there… always

One of the things I love about running, and I am sure I have written about this before so please ...
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You choose…

You choose whether to look forward to a session or to dread it. You choose whether to procrastinate or just ...
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New York, new London?

The Wall Street Journal carried a story today that the three Americans who lined up for the Olympic marathon a ...
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Athletes and Injuries: A journey through London 2012

Another treat from the wonderful Catherine Wilding, who in this post looks at the pattern of athletes and injuries, especially ...
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Feather-weight comfort

I like Adidas - I like the brand, I like the German-ness of the company. I like their focus on ...
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What we can’t learn from Mo Farah

Yesterday at the Diamond League athletics at the Alexandra Stadium, I watched Mo Farah race in the unusual distance of ...
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Having a clear out

In a recent piece that I wrote for Running Fitness magazine's October issue, I interviewed Mike McLeod - the last ...
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2nd-string meat head in racist slur

I actually love writing about Mo Farah. This is a man with, as far as I can see, no flaws ...
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The crazier New York City marathon

The New York marathon is an impossible, or at the very least an improbable race. Here’s why I write that… ...
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Music maestro

Do you run with music? I think that this is something of a Marmite issue in the running world - ...
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The thigh’s the limit

Before I get started, I apologise for the terribly cheesy title to this review: I love thinking up snappy and ...
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Run how you feel

Recently life outside of running has been getting the better of me – stress has been piling up and I ...
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The perfect review of ‘The Perfect Distance’

A two part review of Pat Butcher's book The Perfect Distance In this review, Michael Shelton took the time to ...
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London Olympic Games Men’s marathon report

As the London Olympic Games of 2012 draw to a close, the men's marathon promised to be a fitting end ...
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Women’s Olympic Marathon Report

If you want to understand the inner workings of an elite women's marathon, it helps to have a report from ...
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5 August 2012 9:41pm – a moment of inspiration

Last night Usain St. Leo Bolt took a huge step to writing his name into the history books as a ...
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London Olympic Games: Saturday 4 August 2012

An experience like nothing I've ever known before This is going to be one of the hardest posts I have ...
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Lessons from the Legends: John Treacy

Recently I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet a running legend - John Treacy, AKA The Mudlark ...
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Nike: Back to the Future?

In the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to meet a few of the Nike contingency in London, ...
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Sub-4 minute mile… I don’t think so.

Some of you might remember that a while ago I posted that two of the New Balance Milers - Andy ...
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Oh no, Paula

I have spent more time than I care to reveal hoping and wishing that Paula Radcliffe would reach the start ...
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Is it war or is it fun?

I have read two articles today which overlapped in my mind and created this blog post. The first piece was ...
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The British Milers start on the long journey

You may recall that a while ago I was invited to an event run by New Balance to introduce a ...
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The power of strength

When I met my coach, Nick from RunningWithUs, he changed a few things in my life and my training - ...
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RunBreeze competition

The chaps at RunBreeze are great friends of this blog and have supplied products for reviews as well as offering ...
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Show me the evidence

Belief vs. empirical evidence - it's a bit like a battle between love or magic vs. science or logic. The ...
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Compression reviews

For the last few years I have tried a few different compression products to try to reduce or manage the ...
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Becoming unstuck

Elements in your (my) training plans can be like the patina that builds up on a favourite frying pan, or ...
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The power of sleep and food

Usain Bolt raced in the 100m in the Diamond League in Rome last night with an impressive 9.76 seconds, to ...
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Let Simon Wheatcroft show you what is possible

Simon Wheatcroft should be familiar to anyone who has ever said "I can't"... and let's face it, that is pretty ...
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Mo silences his critics, spectacularly.

There have been quite a few people - press and spectators alike - who have 'worried' about Mo Farah in ...
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Competing or Completing?

I spent a happy hour browsing running related videos online yesterday and one that I watched really struck a chord ...
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The selfishness of the long distance runner

I worry sometimes that my ‘focus’ when it comes to running is actually sheer, unadulterated selfishness. I am incredibly lucky ...
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Brooks Ravenna 3 – a trainer to rave about?

I was recently offered the opportunity to try out a pair of Brooks' new Ravennas - the third incarnation. I ...
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London Marathon Race Report 2012 by Catherine Wilding

Such a perfect Day After days of torrential downpours, the skies cleared and the morning broke to brilliant sunshine in ...
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Runner at the Sharp End #4: Ben Wickham

I first met Ben at the Hackney Marshes ParkRun where it became immediately obvious that we were quite evenly matched ...
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The London marathon 2012

As I stood on the start line of the London marathon this year, I couldn't help feeling a pang of ...
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Open letter to the RunDemCrew

Dear RunDemCrew, Thank you. I could actually stop there, because 'thank you' is what I want to say and I ...
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Pre-marathon advice from Catherine Wilding

Catherine Wilding is a 2:49 marathon runner who started running in 2003 and ran her first marathon in 2005.  Two ...
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Marathon inspiration

If you, like me, believe that we can all aspire to be better and that one of the ways to ...
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Maybe the saddest story

I must admit that when Sammy Wanjiru really exploded onto the marathon scene and changed the way that Championship marathons ...
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Review of the Skecher Go Run (as a video… gulp!)

From time to time I get the opportunity to review a product. Usually I take the shoe out for at ...
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Three is the magic number…

There is only one running shoe that I have ever owned every iteration of: Saucony's Kinvara. I was given a ...
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The three E’s: engaged, enabled, and energized

I recently read an interesting post on Fast Company about how to get the most out of employees. I was ...
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Book review – Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn

It is not all that often that I wait with real anticipation for a book to be published. Even less ...
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Top ten reasons to go on a training camp

I am just back from my second ever training camp and this one was a belter. My coach, Nick Anderson ...
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The Running and Endurance Sports Performance of the Year awards: RESULTS!

As regular readers will know, the Running and Endurance Sports Performance of the Year awards were born out of my ...
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The A-Z of the runner’s health

After the great fun I had with the A-Z of running brands - which you can see here - I ...
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Body image from a different perspective

Having taken up running to regain control over my life & to lose weight, I've found myself being quite emotional ...
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Do shoes make you more efficient?

As the bare-foot vs. shod running debate continues to rumble along, one of the arguments that I have come across ...
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