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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Oh what a night.

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  I’ve just been getting used to running more frequently, having gotten a real ‘buzz’ out of my new Saucony Triumph ISO•SERIES road shoes.  They’re so comfy and easy to run in, I’ve managed to run every day for the first time in months.  I’ve actually had a small blister on my right foot as a result, but that’s to be expected when you start using your foot in a completely new way, more often and allow yourself to run faster, spending a lot more time with more force through the big toes. What helped then, was Wednesday evening – … Continue reading

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Keep your nutrition on track during the party season

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Christmas party season is nearly upon us and for most it is a nightmare. Friends and family don’t always understand why you try to avoid certain foods and don’t want to drink too much if you’re training hard or just making an effort to stay healthy. Here are a few tips to help you keep the balance: If you have lots of an events in a week or fortnight period, choose which ones you will indulge at and which ones you will be sensible at. Where menus are pre ordered, pick the high protein and low carbohydrate options preferably adding … Continue reading

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Time to ‘Raise the Fells!’

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The Salomon Fellraiser Head Torch Run is upon us…It’s tomorrow night… If you are reading this and wondering, ‘What’s this?’ Then, my previous blog will explain all: There’s a Certain Joy to Night Running >>  For those planning to come along it looks like it is going to be a busy one, as we reckon over 30 folk have said they are coming along.  So with this in mind, a chance to remind everyone about the route, what to bring and what to expect.  We did not anticipate this level of response, but that’s OK, we have recced the route quite a … Continue reading

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Gritstone Series 2014: Round 8 – Grin ‘n’ Bear It, race report.

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  ‘Grin ‘n’ Bear It’ fell race. Langsett Moors. 1st November 2014. Less a fell run, more of a squish, slosh, splash and squelch really. I entered the Woodhead Mountain Rescue Service race after Windgather, the last of the Accelerate Gritstone series was cancelled. A similar distance, with not too great an elevation. This could be a good end to the season, I thought The race, a 16 mile circuit of Mickleden Edge, Outer Edge, Far Small Clough and Long Moor Edge, starting and finishing at Langsett Barn turned out to be a bit more challenging than I had thought. … Continue reading

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WORLD OF WEIRD (WOW): Part Three – Woo Hoo!

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  Quick question:  Does anybody else get a subconscious urge to go faster, or indeed go faster when they see either a) a traffic light switch to green, or b) a national speed limit sign?     I think it’s just the combination of driver and road runner in me, but while I’m tootling along at a comfortable (or not so comfortable) pace, as soon as one of these pops up, I’m lifted psychologically.  It’s just impulse – but just as I would respond in the car, I get a sudden sense of liberty, like I’ve been granted permission to … Continue reading

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Nutrition, immunity and running

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It’s safe to say Winter is here now and along with it, coughs, colds and stomach bugs. If you have children, you’re even more likely to come into contact with Winter bugs as children are great at spreading germs. Running can also put a greater stress on the immune system and the importance of good nutrition is often under estimated. Yes you ran 10 miles but re-fuelling with beer and a takeaway will not help you improve performance or reach any goal you may have for your running. Nutrition is vital for a good immune system but can we build … Continue reading

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What’s the choice

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Saturday morning. Wake up at 06h15, look out the window. Dry and calm. Perfect day for a long ride with the cycling club and then straight into an 11 mile ride. 07h00am – breakfast. Quick glance out of the window. That sky is looking ominous. 08h00 – time to leave. Its absolutely hosing it down. Go or don’t go? I often find that at certain moments, there are key quotes that always come to mind. As I made my way through driving rain to the meet point for the ride, this quote from Ellen MacArthur was very clear in my … Continue reading

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There’s a Certain Joy to Night Running…

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And I am not just talking about running through the city centre, with winters chill in the air and bright lights all around. Don’t get me wrong the bright lights of the city should never be underestimated.  What I am talking about is the complete opposite. How about the Peak District at the dead of night with practically zero light pollution. The opportunity to turn off your light and just look around. The still of night. Hopefully a clear unhindered view of the Milky Way. The silhouette of the surrounding hills, a feint glow in the sky of a city … Continue reading

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WORLD OF WEIRD (WOW): Part Two – The TAUNTING!

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  It can happen without warning. It can be when you least expect it, from the most unlikely of candidates.  Nowhere is safe. When it strikes, it can be devastating, but more often just plain baffling.  Sometimes, just occasionally it’s funny (despite your resistance). What is this hidden terror?  It is of course………The TAUNTING! You’ve probably already experienced it yourself.  You’re out there running for pleasure, perhaps like me you run to work.  You might be alone, or in a group when some brain donor suddenly sees opportunity to yell something at you.  It seems completely without motive.  They just … Continue reading

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Don’t lose your bottle

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  Top tip:  Regarding bottles and bottle holders, If you’re like me – you rarely use bladders anymore, but even if that’s ALL you use, keep in mind – those same bottles that ensure that none of your drink escapes ALSO KEEP LIQUID OUT!  Don’t just leave them at home. On journeys and events where there’s a strong chance of rain, or long term sweating (looks at ground in shame), you can afford to still carry your bottles , but here’s the thing……..don’t fill ’em with drink, fill em with spare hat/gloves, dry long sleeved top, phone, cash, nibbles, spare … Continue reading

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