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My personal fitness regime in lock down.

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Harry who regularly runs with running past 50 on a friday and attends parkruns every saturday shares how he has stayed fit when all of his normal outings are gone. Week 8 and have not been outside the gate. This not because of Coronavirus phobia but because my wife is on the government extremely vulnerable list for the virus. I do not have dumbbells or a yoga mat but what I do have is a furnished house and a garden. You do not need a gym to keep fit. So how have I managed? Daily routine consists of 10-minute workout … Continue reading

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Reasons to run, The Health Benefits of Running

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The second installment from Harry Smith in our Reasons to run series, a retired GP and keen runner who regularly attends Running Past 50 on a Friday morning here at the Accelerate store. Harry shares the medical benefits of exercise and how it can keep you healthy and strong whatever your age. Thomas Edison 1847 – 1931 said “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will involve the patient in the proper use of food, fresh air and exercise.” Running is one of the best ways to keep fit and boost your overall health. It is a … Continue reading

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Movement Matters, A reason to run

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Thanks to Laura Hogg for this amazing buzz post, she is a sports therapist for the Accelerate Performance Centre and a keen runner and cyclist. Hear some of her thoughts on the benafits of regular movement. Like most at the moment, I am incredibly grateful that outdoor exercise is considered essential activity. It’s hard to imagine life without it. But even while we have this luxury, movement matters the rest of the time for the health of our mind, joints, muscles and cells. Personally, I’m hoping not to slip into sedentary habits whilst working and living from home – even … Continue reading

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So why do I run? A personal perspective from Harry Smith.

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Harry Smith is an Accelerate Community member and a regular at Running past 50, he shares his reason behind getting out the door for a run and its positive effect on his mental and physical health. ‘Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional ‘The words of Haruki Murakami when talking about running. I started to run just 2 months short of my 72nd birthday. Dragooned into accompanying my 7-yearold Granddaughter on a park run As a fairly fit twice a week Derbyshire fell walker and numerous long-distance paths completed, i.e. Pennine Way and Coast to Coast, the thought of a 5-kilometre … Continue reading

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Smashing Hathersage Hurtle through PMA & focused rehab

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Today, Saturday 18 May, was a pretty epic day all in all. Just 7 weeks ago, I sprained my ankle. It looked like an elephant club foot, so attractive! Having to pull out of the four inns ultra was crap. Facing weeks without being able to run wasn’t any better. Those of you who know me well will be well aware I’m determined and ‘strong willed’ (polite way of saying stubborn). I’ve used this as a positive over the last few weeks, with the hathersage hurtle as my immediate goal for rehab and oh my God, have I worked hard … Continue reading

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Fundamentally Speaking

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  In just about every sport I can think of, coaching is part of the improvement process for the participant, yet not so often in running. I suspect because it is so much more of an individual sport and everyone can run, can’t they? Well, therein lies the question, there is running… And there is running.  And I am not talking about who is the faster. There does appear to be one very common thread throughout what people talk about, with regard to Running Objectives. This occurs across the spectrum of running participation, regardless of time spent running on a … Continue reading

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Training and Racing Review

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For me it’s that time of year. Training and Race Planning for next year alongside the athletes I work with. From now until the same time next year, with ongoing review through the coming months, this is an important process. There is so much to think through, far too many events in the calendar that excite or represent a challenge. For some it is about the competition and entering a race series, perhaps looking at selection races for international representation. Yet the simplicity of just choosing a selection of races for some is planning enough.  If only it was that … Continue reading

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Why Do You Run? It’s Important to Understand…

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Many just don’t think about it, yet why do you run? For the joy of it, a healthy glow? To be with friends, to catch up after work? To reach new racing goals, to run faster for a PB? The truth probably lies in a mix of the above and will change through the year and most definitely during a life time of running. Yet it is still important to understand the ‘Mix’ as it should then help direct your purpose for training. We all like company when we train, it has been shown to benefit those searching for the … Continue reading

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Why I Hate The Heat

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’s not every day you hear that is it? Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy being outside in the sun – but with the recent heat wave, I just am not cut out to run in hot conditions. Running last weekend (18th June) in the World Mountain Running Trials only proved this. Ascending Sedbergh, the heat just left me panting, struggling to maintain a half decent pace.  Finishing last U19 male it wasn’t my best run, however, I hadn’t prepared for the heat. So, what can be done to help us run in hot conditions?   Working up a … Continue reading

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Hypothermia as a Lifestyle Choice

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  It’s November, the clocks have gone back, and now the temperature has truly plummeted for the first time this winter. Accordingly, it seemed appropriate to dig out this old blog post that drew a (relatively) reasonable amount of attention when I first posted it back in February over on fellmonkey.com, especially as it has been pointed out to me that is has popped up again on a couple of Facebook running groups in the last few days as a point of conversation. It has drawn sympathy, criticism, understanding and a few kind comments in equal measure and remains as … Continue reading

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  • Run Stu - Accelerate Performance and Healthy Run Coaching, Heart rate, Periodisation, Strength & Stability. Business owner @accelerateuk Coach to #TeamAccelerate The open road, fell, moorland and high places. Sunny days, days the wind blows and rain is horizontal - 'You're Alive!' Twitter and Instagram: @RunStuCoach
  • Team Accelerate - Is a group of runners supported by Accelerate Running Co, they train hard, race harder but most of all have fun together as a team. They recive support from Scott Running and Inov8 and includes the Hot Flamingos coached group. Anything from kit testing and reviews to race reports and how training sessions have gone.

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