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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. It was a huge honour to meet him and have the opportunity to ask him about a whole host of different things. Naturally the conversation turned to training and how he prepared when he was [...]

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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, who seem to be here to coincide with the Olympics. Understandable given the number of Nike sponsored athletes competing in the Games. But Nike are also here to showcase some new products and this morning, [...]

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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 Baddeley and Nick McCormick – had qualified for the 1500m at the London Olympic Games. You can read all about that here. When New Balance announced the news, I was told that I would also [...]

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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 line of the marathon at the London Olympic Games, fully fit and ready to race. I am afraid that I think there are women now who are faster, stronger and more aggressive, so I didn’t [...]

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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 from a recruitment consultant who was decrying the ubiquity of training programmes suggesting that ‘anything is possible’. The author of the piece wrote that this approach is hugely unhelpful – in her piece she 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 programme they had created called the British Milers. The piece that I wrote after the event is here. This is a documentary series on Sky Sports following a group of British athletes trying to qualify [...]

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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 – well, you’d expect him to, wouldn’t you. One of them (which I admit I’m still struggling to get to grips with) is core- and, what I will call, functional-strength. Nick is a great believer in [...]

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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 advice and threatening to come out with me for a run on more than a few occasions. Now they have offered to send one of the visitors to the blog a pair of their superb [...]

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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 romantic in me always wants to believe that there is a magic and an art to running, but the truth is, I believe that running is a direct input-output relationship. If you train and prepare [...]

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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 impact of tough training sessions. In the last couple of months I have been given a couple of products to try – by RunBreeze and Skins – a had one product bought for me by [...]

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