At the last track session ahead of the London Marathon at my running club the atmosphere was one of nervous anxiety and a few cases of self-diagnosed ‘mara-noia’ (marathon related paranoia) as over 30 runners were preparing to run 26.2. I was intrigued to learn about the variety of approaches to nutrition during tapering. As … Continue reading Tapering diet – fact or fiction?
Why it is that we do certain speedwork sessions as runners? You may be part of a club or group where you grind out your weekly track and speed sessions, but wonder other than a virtuous feeling, what running 200m repeatedly vs running 5 x 1km actually gives you in terms of training benefit? Here … Continue reading Science behind the sessions
During a recent cross country race I found myself second to an athlete who historically has performed better than me across many distances. I hadn’t entered the race expecting to be in contention of winning, but as it progressed I drew closer to her and over a technical section I actually had a lead. I’ve … Continue reading Mind over matter – How much of running is in your head?
I’m fortunate to have had a good couple of weeks of racing and I have been reflecting on why this is. Hopefully here are some takeaways for other runners. Training As background my weekly training consists of the following; 3 x runs a week – speedwork on the track ranging from 200’s to 2km reps, … Continue reading Focusing on the positives – taking stock when you are running well
Ahead of Sir Mo’s last high profile track race (5,000m on 12th August 2017) at the World Championships in London can he now be recognised in Brendan Foster’s words as ‘The greatest distance runner of all time’? How has Mo achieved this accolade and how can we as recreational runners learn from the master? Defining … Continue reading Is Sir Mo Farah ‘The greatest distance runner of all time’?
As runners our goals are often based on speed and distance. However if we slow down our movements and simplify them much can be gained in terms of efficiency which supports our running. I’ve spent four days this month with Joanne Elphinston http://www.jemsmovement.com studying her movement programme and I want to share some of my … Continue reading Seven fundamental principles to improve your running
The New Year is a time for reconnecting with mind and body. As runners, we know that we’ll generally always feel better after a run, but I wanted to delve deeper into mental health and running. I was fortunate to talk to Dr Lynne Drummond, Psychiatrist and Head of South West London and St George's … Continue reading Mental health and running – Interview with Dr Lynne Drummond
The mere mention of cross country will take some of you back to your school days, being barked at by the PE teacher and told to run for what seemed like eternity round a bog in plimsolls. But I bring good news – as an adult and a runner the experience is entirely different. Up … Continue reading Cross country, trails and hill training
Hampered by injury? Here are my top tips on how to deal with injury and get back to running in a sustainable way. Get diagnosed by a professional – speak to your GP or physio if you are suffering with pain when running. You can’t begin to treat an injury unless you know what the … Continue reading Patience and Persistence pays off
The sharp, cramping, tugging pain in the side, known as stitch, is experienced by 70% of runners. It can deter beginners from continuing running and force more experienced runners to stop or considerably slow down during races. Marathon star and Olympian Meb Keflezighi says he has lost races to stitches. So what is stitch, why … Continue reading Stitch – what is it and how to prevent it?