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
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
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’?
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
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?