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Getting hydration right: SOS Rehydrate

Hydration is a key component of every marathon runner’s armoury when it comes to succeeding over 26.2 miles (or even further). I tend to think that for anything up to and including a half marathon, you can get away with being a bit haphazard during the race, provided you are well hydrated before you start [...]

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The great massage experiment

Some years ago I saw an advert on a tube platform that I thought was so preposterously stupid that I have never forgotten it: the advert was for a moisturiser and there was a photograph of a woman dominating the middle of the poster and text suggesting that this woman had applied the product only [...]

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Like the Wind magazine

Warning: this is a blatant plug for something I am involved in at freestak (the business I co-own). For quite a few years now, I have wondered why there isn’t a running magazine celebrating the wonder of our sport. Something that features stories and images that inspire, move and motivate. The antithesis of the ‘burn [...]

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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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With age comes great wisdom: the ASICS Kayano 20 review

How do you work out the age of a dog in ‘human years’? The rule of thumb is that you multiply the age of your faithful hound by 7. Seven dog years for every human one. Actually that is not particularly accurate because different breeds of dogs live for very different amounts of time. But [...]

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Peau de what? Trying ski-touring for the first time and loving it!

Peau de what? Trying ski-touring for the first time and loving it!

I love the idea of adventure and new endurance sports. I love pushing myself as hard as I can physically. And I love the mountains. So ever since I heard about ski-touring, I have wanted to have a go. For Christmas this year, Mrs. F. and I went to Switzerland and found ourselves for a [...]

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Taking it off-road: a round-up of some of the trail shoes I used in 2013

This year, more then ever before, I was running more and more off-road. At the start of 2013, I tried to nail a decent cross-country season and with the heavy snow that we had throughout the winter, I found myself running in trail shoes more and more. Then after my tilt at the London marathon [...]

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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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Jingle, jangle no more: the Keybud answer to loose keys

I am happy to say, that very little annoys me when I am running. The moment I am out running my tolerance for things that would ordinarily have me drafting a “Dear Sir…” email to the editor of a national newspaper, dissipates and I am the epitome of calm. Drifting, floating, easing along. Even when [...]

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Look and Learn for adventurous types: Nick Parks event at Berghaus

Look and Learn for adventurous types: Nick Parks event at Berghaus

My life definitely has running at its core. But it is not the be-all-and-end-all. I also really love doing other endurance-type stuff when I get the chance (which sadly is never often enough). I love hiking, fast-packing, climbing, cross-country skiing… anything that involves strenuous exercise really! But as much as I love doing stuff myself, [...]

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