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Monthly Archives: September 2014

High carb diets and running

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Last week I talked about low carb diets and running. This week we’re going to talk about high carb diets and whether they have a place in running. High carb diets are needed by ultra runners who simply cannot consume enough calories to prevent them burning muscle which is obviously detrimental to performance. However, the type of carbohydrates need to be carefully considered. Carbohydrates can be especially useful for during long training runs and races. They are easy to transport, generally require no refrigeration and easy to eat. Bananas and energy bars are a firm favourite as they are easily … Continue reading

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‘Sense’ of Mountain Running

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Funny, it may well have been a while since my last proper running trip to Snowdonia, yet with a week booked the last two things I expected was Costa del Wales and footwear that made ‘Sense’ out of Mountain Running. I love the Peak District, the running in the whole area is very good with options of open fell side and very hilly trails.  It is a good proving ground for the higher regions over to the west and of course further north. Choosing training routes that climb, descend, then climb a few times more, with the corresponding descents, can … Continue reading

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Low carb diets and running

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Why should you eat a low carb diet if you’re a runner? Carbohydrates were once thought to be the perfect fuel for running and a high carbohydrate, low fat diet was thought to be protective against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, strokes, cancer and obesity. However, the tables have turned and now evidence shows this is not the case. Just because you are a runner, this doesn’t necessarily protect you from all those diseases. Although your risk might be lower, a poor diet is not cancelled out by running. Exercise only accounts for 30% of the work towards a good, … Continue reading

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WORLD OF WEIRD (WOW): Part One – Bagz of craziness.

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  There are so many odd moments I could mention.  Crazy things that happened during a run.  Things I’ve seen.  Things that have occurred to me mid-run.  I’m sure I’m not alone in this.  So I’ve started this new feature, that I might occasionally share these incidents with the rest of you.  Just for a bit of fun.  If in reaction – you care to share some of your similar experiences, that’d be great.  I’m sure it’s not just me who receives moronic heckles or invents something genius while out and about (only to recognise the fundamental floors soon after). … Continue reading

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World Powerman Duathlon Championships

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Ok, if you’re not in the triathlon or duathlon world, you may not have heard of the Powerman series. Think Ironman but for duathlon. With a world series of races taking in Europe, Asia and America, the series is growing all the time. The format is a run leg, then bike leg, and finally a run leg. Most races on the Powerman calendar are raced in a 10k – 60k – 10k format. This is challenging enough in itself. However, the whole thing changes for the infamous World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland. Set in the beautiful countryside of northern Switzerland, … Continue reading

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The joy of socks.

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  Customers ask me (quite a bit) “will a good running sock make that much difference?” The answer, you’ll be surprised to hear isn’t always as simple as “yes”. Bad socks will almost always cause problems however.  Socks with holes in.  Giant seams.  Cotton socks.  All bad in their own way. What’s nice about a good running sock is the attention to detail in avoiding all potential problems*  It may not seem very scientific, but when recommending socks in store, what the Accelerate staff team tend to go by 9 times out of 10 is whether or not any of … Continue reading

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‘Scott, Gives You Rockets’…

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Days at the Accelerate store don’t get much better than this. OK, so it was more a case of an ‘Away-Day’.  Sunshine, Burbage, a little running, followed by the city centre and a little more running, which was followed by a very welcome burrito. It was a Photo Shoot with Scott-Running and not a bike in sight. The success of Team Accelerate has this last year reached out and we have seen some of the better known brands wanting to get involved. Salomon are helping to Support Stu Bond and over the last 12-months Scott have become increasingly involved with … Continue reading

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Mizuno Kazan Trail Shoe: Rivelin Rush

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  Well well well.  The lucky folk who joined us for Wednesday night’s Store Run Out were treated to test shoes from Mizuno.  Those shoes were the new trail shoe named Kazan. We togged up prior to a led route up the Rivelin Valley, just outside of Malin Bridge near Hillsborough.  The Rivelin Valley Cafe made the perfect meeting point for our start/finish When we’d laced up our try on shoes, we headed away from the City through the Rivelin Park and onto the trail at the edge of the River Rivelin.  A fair way up the valley, we crossed … Continue reading

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Body fat and sport

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Almost everyone wants to be lean, have a 6 pack or at least some abs visible and plenty of muscle. Some athletes will religiously weigh themselves to make sure they haven’t gained or lost weight but do you know what’s going on inside? The answer, is probably NO! The scales only say so much, they can’t tell you what you body fat actually is or what your muscle mass. Body fat does affect your performance but it’s important to know what your muscle mass is too. The more muscle mass you have, the better for sport. How can you find … Continue reading

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Smart Suunto

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Smart looking.  Smart in action.  The new Suunto Ambit 3 collection has landed. The top of the range ‘Peak’ is continuing its reign as the unit for those who ‘Explore’ the great outdoors while the 3S will continue to appeal to multi-sport athletes.  The current Ambit R, designed for runners, at this time remains unchanged. The key difference between the 2 and updated 3 is the connectivity.  Via Blue Tooth Low Energy the Peak and 3S can now talk with your Smart Phone (as long as it’s an apple product).  Android and Windows users will just have to wait, until … Continue reading

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