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?
Steve Wehrle (68) is one of 12 ‘Ever Presents’ running the London Marathon this year. He is part of a special club of men who have run every single marathon since the first race in 1981. Members of the club can only leave, no one new can join. All the members are men as only … Continue reading Marathon secrets from an ‘Ever Present’
Should we ditch the humble potato? Growing up in the 1990’s watching my Dad carbo load days before each of his 10 marathons and attending pasta parties thrown by the organisers the night before the event I have always understood that traditional carbs (pasta, rice, potatoes, doughnuts etc) are essential to any long distance training … Continue reading Carbohydrate – Runner’s friend or foe?
I recently ran an 8 mile cross country race. It was a brutally hilly 3 lap course and I started out characteristically quickly, keen to get a good position. During the second lap I was gleefully overtaking other runners in short bursts. By the third lap, my form had crumbled, I was being over taken … Continue reading Going out quickly in the first part of a race, what is the real cost?