Running bored?

We’re still in strange times as runners. Many of you will still be pounding the streets, keeping your mileage up, having trained for...

What’s working?

How’s your running going? How do you know? Which measures do you use? How far? How fast? How it feels? Whichever measure you use, make...

Olympic counting

The Olympic Games 2020 have started! Did you know that if you ran all of the ‘pure’ running finals in the Olympics, you’d cover just over...

Are you too…?

Are you too old/slow/unfit/overweight to run? No. No you’re not. By allowing ridiculous stereotypes to judge you before you’ve even...

Motivation

Several autumn races have been cancelled this week, including the usually popular Abingdon Marathon and the rescheduled Wokingham Half...

Recipe for success

How do you know how to train to get what you want from running? Do you have a training plan? Are you doing what you’ve done before,...

How do you decide?

It’s race-day. You’ve had a knot in your calf for a fortnight but wake up and it only hurts a little bit. Do you run? You’ve been full of...

Love your feet!

We’ve been talking about painful feet in training this week. As runners, we spend a lot of time on them, but how well do we care for...

Build good muscles

You’re an athlete. You know that bones move because muscles pull on them. You know that the stronger a muscle, the greater the force it...

Finding the right fit

Someone asked me recently what they might get out of training with me as a running coach. As a teacher, I often answer a question with a...

No shortcuts

If you’re just getting back to fitness, for whatever reason, start slowly. Signing up for all of the sessions at the gym or all of the...

Trainers

There are pretty much as many different types of training shoe as there are person, so it’s almost impossible to advise which shoes you...

Are you a runner?

It’s not unusual for those just embarking on running as a hobby or get-fit regime to describe themselves as ‘not-a-proper-runner’ or ‘a...

Running Heroes

Distance running is a strange sport: at the sharp end, the elites race each other to see who’s the best; the rest of us are left racing...

Practice makes…

… permanent. Poor practice is just as good as perfect practice when it comes to training the brain. If you’ve ever seen a physio for your...

Being a cheerleader

I recently asked my athletes to describe themselves as a runner: determined, enthusiastic, keen and motivated were common responses. It...