As a female runner and coach of women (not exclusively) I want to encourage a better understanding of our monthly cycle and how we can maximize it in our training and racing. Let’s start with a quick recap of the female cycle and a reminder of terminology. The number of days for each phase is personal … Continue reading Maximizing training around the female cycle
I was asked by the Guardian to give my top five tips for acing your first race of 2020. Read on to find out more; Train smart. It doesn’t have to be all about the mileage, key to successful training is ensuring varied intensities and distances in your weekly programme. A good basic formula is … Continue reading Top tips for acing your first race in 2020
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
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?