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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. After them – after Peter Rono put an end to Great British dominance of this event in the Olympic final in 1988 – the 1500m sort of lost its shine. But I think that this [...]

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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 to racing and the struggles in his life and I thought I’d take a minute to share one of the most amazing stories I have ever read with you – that of the 1952 Olympic [...]

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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 to be a better runner because that sounds like a form of punishment but I do make choices. I abstain, avoid, evade, forswear, shun, shy away from and abjure the things that I believe will [...]

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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, but as a reader of my blog, I consider you to be part of the group of the most important people for me as far as my two biggest passions are concerned – running and [...]

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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 missing one another, but it was inevitable that we would meet. When we did I was hugely impressed with the dedication that Mat puts into his running and really empathised with his thoughts on wanting [...]

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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 excuse the repetition, is its inherent honesty. Running is an utterly measurable activity – whether you choose to measure it or not, the metrics are easy to record and unequivocal. So why is it that [...]

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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 get on and do it. You choose to believe you can do this (or not). You choose to be the best you can be today and every day. You choose if [...]

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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 couple of weeks ago, will all be racing in the New York City marathon on 4 November. I suppose this is not remarkable news, given that the New York marathon is one of the biggest [...]

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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 in the run-up to important championship competitions. But it really begs the question: are we all not susceptible to pushing too hard as the ‘big day’ approaches and tipping over from fit to broken…?   [...]

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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 performance above all else. And I really like the products, especially the adiZero range. One of my favourite bits of kit – and I have quite a bit of kit! – is a second hand [...]

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