You may just have got into the ballot or gained a charity place for a Spring marathon such as the London Marathon, Brighton Marathon or Paris Marathon and have questions about your training. I thought I’d share commonly asked questions and my responses. When should I start training for a Spring Marathon? Classically runners train … Continue reading Coach’s Q and A – Marathon training
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?
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