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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Bright idea

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  I just returned from East Sussex(staying with the ‘in-laws’, running the Cuckoo Trail) and during my stay the Nathan Lightbender proved itself invaluable once more. What’s a Lightbender you ask……?  Well, it’s the clever little armband from Nathan, that not only lights up so brightly from a simple LED and runs from a standard watch battery, but it lasts forever*. It also makes a brilliant little night light, that in my case – hangs from the corner bedpost and allows me to quietly wake and dress myself without any brighter lights being necessary, meaning I can sneak out when … Continue reading

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Less of the Rushup, More Kick-Back and Relax…

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Cyclists do it so why can’t us runners? You often see a large ‘peleton’ of cyclists stopped in a quaint village, with bikes stacked neatly, as the riders sup on tea and cake in a cycle friendly cafe. So why can’t us runners do the same?  In fact, running route choice for the less competitive amongst you could include a cafe stop in just the same way as the cyclists do. Where time is not of an issue, merely the fun of completing a good half days run, or more, then a cafe destination, actually does make sense. A sit … Continue reading

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Quad Trauma & Needles

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Many of you know I have had a fun time with injury this year. For those that don’t know, back in March I fully ruptured my quad tendon whilst taking photo’s of the youngsters race at a local fell race. Surgery followed with the tendon being reattached within 24-hours, two weeks in plaster and then a leg brace for the next four weeks. Movement was limited, rehab exercises considered no more than trying to get mobile, to the extent I had to teach myself to walk again. Then followed some pretty painful rehab exercise and that is still on going.  … Continue reading

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Fasting and running

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Did you know you can run and fast? Fasting has huge benefits to health as well as being great for weight loss. Fasting has been shown to help reduce the risk of: cardiovascular disease type 2 diabetes certain cancers some digestive disorders It is still possible to fast and train though to begin with you might want to have a fasting day on a non training day. After a few weeks, you will be able to train on a fast day as your body gets used to it. What I particularly like about fasting is the thought I’m giving my … Continue reading

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Waffle Irons, a Top Coffee Stop and Waffle Trainers…

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Back in the day, just as running shoes were being developed, a man who went by the name of Bill Bowerman, used the families waffle-iron to produce an outsole for a lighter and more grippy athletic shoe. By 1974, Bowerman had produced and perfected his outsole idea and the Nike ‘Waffle Trainer’ was born. So back from the past to the present… There is a new ‘kitchen’ in the Peak that serves home made waffles. Whenever, Debs and I head out for a longer day out we usually plan a mid or post run coffee stop. The Hathersage Social club has … Continue reading

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Championship Marathon Racing…

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The European Championships of 2014, held in Zürich, produced an unforgettable Marathon course.  The classic 26.2 distance, run on roads is invariable flat or has so little elevation as to make no difference. In fact it is well documented that courses that have few turns, with very slight inclines and declines are invariable faster.  Take Berlin. It has also been shown that the slight inclines and declines actually save the legs from the continued pounding and associated problem of running a completely flat terrain – that is the earlier onset of fatigue. How true is this, well even shopping centres … Continue reading

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Salt & Pepper Racing

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After the trials and tribulations of racing the Snowdon International Race and a little bit of R&R I decided to try my luck at the Salt Cellar Fell Race. Wow, what a fabulous Peak District race. It had everything you would expect from a typical AS fell race, steep accents, the usual mud, heather, bracken, rocks and a few pot holes in places which we were for warned about, but I always seem to find and stumble into. The race also had some thunderous descents which were heart in your mouth stuff as I found on the last grassy descent to … Continue reading

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Gore Kit test or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the DNF.

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The Long Tour of Bradwell saw me taking part ‘for fun’ last Saturday(9th Aug).  I’ve previously quit the race at 17 miles and received a DNF(did not finish) for my trouble.  Last year I finished despite a head injury after only 3 miles and clocked in at 6hrs 29mins. This year I’ve done no running, certainly no training and the 15 mile trail race I’d completed 2 weeks earlier pretty much exhausted me.  All good signs that the 33miles of steep hills(including the tallest peak in Derbyshire) should be ‘fun’. Surprise surprise, DNF in 2014.  No great shock.  The difference … Continue reading

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Karhu Fast Review

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I really liked these shoes when the rep first came round to Accelerate and I happened to be in the shop so got a look in. This was about 3 years ago and at the time there was a lot of companies offering ‘fantastic’ shoes based on improving (but mainly cashing in on) the minimalist shoes that have come on the scene a year or so earlier. The main idea of all these shoes is to get you off your heel and onto the mid-foot / forefoot and shoe is going to make this transition easier for you. Only able … Continue reading

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My first Mountain Marathon experience. Tried to go longer!

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Now my very first event that went beyond a marathon was an LDWA walk when I was in my early teens. My mum and dad were into LDWA events and I suppose did not see any reason why having children should hinder their progress. So I did my first 30 miler (Spires and Squires) and I think I sort of got the bug although I am glad they did not insist us children did many of these events. But the event I am going to write about happened many years later but I know my early walking trips with mum … Continue reading

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