Runner at the Sharp End #2: Richard Gregory

This is the second in a series of interviews with Runners At The Sharp-end (the R.A.T.S). For an explanation of ...
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Despatches from the front line

I'd done my run this morning (actually my wife, who, being Swiss, is genetically programmed to forgo drink, food and ...
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The weather outside is frightful… so what?

Today London got what seems like its annual dump of snow. Quite a large amount of snow and certainly more ...
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The runners guide to making the marathon feel easy

I believe that one of the keys to unlocking success in the marathon, is training in a way that makes ...
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Response to the post The Culture of Entitlement

There is a blog written by a dear friend of mine, Muireann Carey-Campbell, which you can find here. I really ...
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Does my opinion count?

Many moons ago I started a blog about running that is now defunct. The blog was basically about me and ...
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“The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain” Karl Marx

When I started running, pain was something that I understood would be inevitable, but assumed would be temporary and periodic ...
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Sympathy for the devil?

I don't pretend to know what drives an athlete - any athlete - to cheat. But then when it comes ...
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Is the Kenyan smackdown coming to London?

I recently wrote about the 'difficult' problem that the Kenyan selectors have choosing their marathon squads for the Olympics. It ...
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Marathon Road and what we can learn from it

Tonight I stumbled upon a video called Marathon Road. Lasting just over ten minutes, this is a mini documentary, produced ...
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Nike nailing the zeitgeist?

New year: new ambitions or resolutions. That is the way many, many people mark another revolution of our planet around ...
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Will he, won’t he? The Galen Rupp saga continues

Since reporting a few weeks ago that Galen Rupp, the US 5,000m record holder and Mo Farah's training partner under ...
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A nice problem to have

Today in the Sunday Times there is a very small article about something that is undoubtedly a very big issue ...
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Runner at the Sharp End #1: Nate Pennington

In the first of what will become a series of interviews with Runners At The Sharp-end or the R.A.T.S (for ...
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The Runners At The Sharp-end (or the RATS!)

Like any athlete at the absolute pinnacle of their sport, elite marathon runners are amazing. As a massive fan of ...
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Put a sock on it…

Up to November last year, I never really thought much about my feet, much less the socks I was wearing ...
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Iron War by Matt Fitzgerald

First and foremost I am a runner. But I never considered myself to be good enough to be totally one ...
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The BBCs SPotY or the RESPYs?

Tonight is the BBCs Sports Personality of the Year awards show, live from Salford Quays, Manchester. I can confidently predict ...
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How to chose an ultra marathon

Recently Michael Shelton went from marathoner to ultra-marathoner when he tackled his first race over the classic 26.2 mile distance ...
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Is the US becoming a marathon super-power?

There has been much written about the recent emergence of the US as a force to be reckoned with in ...
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When more is definitely more

This week two things combined to make me think about the benefits of racing in a group, so I thought ...
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Is The 50 Greatest Marathon Races Of All Time the single greatest book about marathoning of all time?

I am a self-confessed marathon addict. Sure I have dabbled with shorter distances and indeed I am a big fan ...
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BBC reports “Running bad for your health”

On the day that the BBC website carries an article which states that according to new in-depth research, Nearly half ...
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Up, up and away, away, AWAY!

As some of you will know, some time ago I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful man who goes ...
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Olympic selection for the marathon

The British Olympic Association has announced three of the athletes who will compete in the marathon in the 2012 Games ...
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The Running and Endurance Sports Performance of the Year awards

From an inauspicious start, which was simply me spluttering my tea as I read the shortlist for the BBCs Sports ...
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Sports Personality of the Year… if you’re a man.

The only television programme that I ever plan to watch (in case the rabidly tenacious television license inspector is reading ...
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Mara Yamauchi adds to selectors’ headaches

Mara Yamauchi has finished third at the Yokahama marathon, in 2:27:24 which is well within the qualifying standard set by ...
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Never give up, never give in

Thanks to Marathon Talk for reminding me about this video - Steve Jones running in a 10,000m race in 1983 ...
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…..Now you’re in New York. Catherine Wilding’s race

Ed: in a follow-up to the piece Catherine wrote before heading off to the New York City marathon (which you ...
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The route to success

In my other life - the one where I am not running, writing about running, reading about running or thinking ...
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How fast?

I just saw this on Spinning Around and thought that it really is a brilliant idea - a 60ft screen ...
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Is James Adams the UK’s Dean Karnazes?

In the latest edition of Outdoors Fitness magazine, there is an interview with the person dubbed the fittest man alive ...
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IAAF performs marathon u-turn

In my experience of running marathons, if you are going in the right direction then performing a u-turn is generally ...
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The Mental Muscle with Rasmus Ankersen

I recently attended a one day seminar called the Mental Muscle, presented by Rasmus Ankersen, the High Performance Anthropologist. The ...
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Meeting Rasmus Ankersen, the High Performance Anthropologist

A few months ago, whilst leafing through Athletics Weekly, I came across an advert for a seminar that was going ...
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The Adidas AdiZero Adios (and a new love affair)

As I have admitted before I have never really run in Adidas shoes. In the case of Adidas it was ...
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Fuel for thought

Ed: Dionne has written a piece about dehydration that spells out the dangers and importance of preparation. If you have ...
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The fastest marathons ever (and where the runners come from)

This list was published on Track and Field News All-Time Marathon Top 10 The all-time men's marathon top 10, following ...
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There’s nothing you can’t do…..

Ed: This piece by Catherine Wilding is the first guest post on this site and I'm really delighted to have ...
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Perseverance

As true for running as it is for business ...
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The answer; run more

Recently I posted a question on Twitter; "I love reading about running and writing on my blog. Any suggestions for ...
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The Spider and the Fly

The famous poem, The Spider and the Fly, was written by Mary Howitt (1799-1888) and published in 1829. It is ...
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Adidas’ new range for 2012

First of all a confession – I haven’t ever really run in Adidas footwear before (I did have a pair ...
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No news is good news?

On Thursday last week I was invited to the official opening of the Nike store in Westfield Stratford, on the ...
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The benefits of running with the pack

Don’t tell my wife, but I harbour a dream of going to Kenya for a fortnight to go running. I ...
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The finished product

Inspiration from 'The Perfect Distance' by Pat Butcher I have just finished reading Pat Butcher's excellent book on the golden ...
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A world record… or is it?

I recently re-read one of my favourite books 'The London Marathon' by John Bryant and in one chapter, the author ...
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Lord Sebastian Coe and the Olympic Games

The Olympic Games are coming to London. In just over 300 days. And there is an increasing amount of opinion ...
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The Saucony minimalist range; Kinvara2, Mirage and Hattori

In running terms minimalism is the new black. Everyone is talking about it and many, many runners are now trying ...
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Meeting Caballo Blanco

It is commonly said that the opening of a book is the most crucial thing that the author will write ...
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Fuel on the run: SIS Go Gel

As you would expect, I am increasingly paying attention to nutrition in an attempt to squeeze more running performance out ...
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Review of the Mizuno Wave Ronin 3

I read recently that it is more complicated buying running shoes than it is buying a car. I whole-heartedly agree ...
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Success and motivation

I have just watched this video on the BBC website with Paula Radcliffe talking about running and her career in ...
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There’s no ‘arm in trying something new

I am afraid to say that the weather is turning towards autumn. It is September and now, during early morning ...
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Ice, ice baby!

I have been running for around 6 years now and I have to admit that I have never been a ...
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How to tackle the perma-stink with Halo Proactive Sports Wash

It's true that most people training for a marathon will run several times a week. There are people I know ...
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Brooks PureConnect Review

I was first told about the Brooks PureProject in March this year when I was invited to join a webcast ...
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Looking for a needle in a haystack

Injuries can be funny things. By this I mean they can sometimes seem to come from nowhere and be resistant ...
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Team Dean – a review of Dean Karnazes’ book ‘Run!’

I love reading (especially now that I am trying as much as possible to leave my laptop in the lounge ...
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Sleeping beauty

There are three elements that make up the triangle that is essential for ensuring success in running – training, nutrition ...
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The Mo Farah interview

So here it is - my first video interview and I bagged a really good one. Mo Farah. To give ...
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The long slow run… or is it?

I am not sure when I first heard about the long slow run (though I suspect it was from my ...
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Running With The Legends – a book for all runners

Last year I went away with a group of the athletes that are coached by my coach Nick Anderson and ...
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A Mo-tivating Interview

It is not often that one meets their hero. Tonight that is exactly what I did; I met and interviewed ...
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Shoe review – Mizuno Wave Rider 14

When I started running back in 2005, I was told a dozen times that I should go and get a ...
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An oasis of athletics

Watford. Not somewhere I go very often and when I have been there, the high street seems to resemble the ...
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A once in a lifetime opportunity…? I hope not.

Christine Ohuruogu has been interviewed today - one year before the start of the Olympics in London in 2012 - ...
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Double or quits?

Recently I came across an article by Duncan Larkin on the Running Times website questioning the benefits of double days ...
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U2 can decide to carry on

Earlier this week I heard U2's hit “Where the streets have no name” on a radio being played in another ...
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“More than a Game: Harnessing the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people” A report by the Centre for Social Justice.

"More than a Game: Harnessing the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people" A report by ...
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The wonders of warm weather and warm personalities

This week I 'ave been mostly... running with a group of 30 people in the Algrave, in sunny Portugal. The ...
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The law of diminishing returns vs. the aggregation of marginal gains.

Today I ran a personal best at the Reading half marathon (hooray)... by 20 seconds (oh) which equates to just ...
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Running Shoes London – more than a shop

This is an unabashed plug. I will take just a moment to say that this is unsolicited and in no ...
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Dionne Allen

Dionne is not only a great athlete, having represented the country, she is also a friend and when she is ...
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Terry Stephens

Terry is a great friend, who I met at the RunDemCrew. His sporting background came from playing football, but he ...
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Brooks Racer ST5 – the future’s bright, the future’s orange.

Through my association with Ransacker I was recently invited to a party (erm, well it was called a party, which ...
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Go hard, or go home – you decide.

Recently my friend and, dare I say it, sometime mentor Charlie Dark mentioned to me a motto he has adopted: ...
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Thoughts on the Florence marathon 2010

This weekend I ran in the 27th Firenze Marathon, in beautiful Tuscany.This is some of what I thought of the ...
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Why I might buy ASICS’ entry level shoe

I read today that my favourite brand of running shoe, ASICS, plans to launch a $60 dollar shoe in the ...
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The long and the shorts of it

One of the most oft quoted reasons that running is so popular is that it requires very little equipment – ...
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Catherine Wilding

Catherine is a great friend and valued contributor to this blog bringing with her unbridled enthusiasm for all things running, ...
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Bristol half marathon race report

The Bristol Half Marathon is in its 22nd year and continues to grow as runners are attracted primarily by a ...
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The talent myth and Matthew Syed

I have just finished reading an extraordinary book and I would like to share how it has had an impact ...
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Lost content three

I am sorry to report that my hosting company deleted a load of posts so I am having to try ...
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Lost content two

I am sorry to report that my hosting company deleted a load of posts so I am having to try ...
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