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How easy is it to fall off the running wagon?

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This week, I’ve hardly run. I went out on Saturday for a rather damp run in Cumbria. It was only 3 miles but a real struggle probably not helped by the Burger King we’d had for dinner the night before. Service stations really do not cater well for healthy eating! Some are better than others but this was pretty much the only option. However, I made myself run to the sea and it was definitely worth the effort.   Since Saturday, I haven’t run at all. It’s been a busy week but that’s not really an excuse. Having had a … Continue reading

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Aching for a run.

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  I attended a circuit training session on Tuesday.  My girlfriend’s regular session. It’s been a very long time since I had to do a Sit Up, or a Squat Thrust, or a Burpee, or Cycle Sit Up…. …or Mountain Climber, or V Up Crunch…..you get the idea. It was brutal. I was made to do too much of what was virtually impossible on the first attempt, rep after rep, repeated several times. I ended up laid out on the floor of the Church Hall, incapable of action – with the instructor demanding that I keep going. I was not … Continue reading

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Returning to running week 1

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So I’ve been back running for just over a week. I hardly class myself as a runner yet but having managed 3 times last week and once so far this week, I’m quite pleased. I have made my first discovery of what every runner needs to keep in stock…blister plasters. Normal plasters just don’t cut it so instead of running I will be doing some body weight workouts and restorative exercise in the hope but by Sunday I can run in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside. Wednesday was a much longer run than planned. I ended up going out for 45 … Continue reading

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The nutritionist’s take

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Stu and Chris have posted recently about their upcoming challenges and mentioned their nutrition. They’re taking different approaches and although their challenges are different, in some ways, they’re similar. Stu tends to run with just water having eaten well beforehand whereas Chris takes something to eat as well as drink. The food they eat on a day to day basis also varies quite considerably but will it affect their results? Let’s look at Stu’s approach first: Stu mainly eats a low carb, high protein and high real food diet. His body will be used to not having such a high … Continue reading

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Beond bars

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Yesterday, I started back to running from a long break. Obviously, I’m only running short distances and times at the moment as I build back up so there isn’t really a need for sports supplements such as bars and drinks. However, I will be reviewing them and using them in my training as I up my mileage. I’m not a big fan of most of the sports products but they do have a time and a place. Certainly when you’re running for less than 2 hours, there’s little need for them. Many of them are high in sugar and artificial … Continue reading

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Less Is More…or Is It?

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Ok, so here it is Chris >> is powered by bananas as he prepares for the Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon.  He is looking to run longer slow distance’s with plenty of climb as he prepares for the race in just over 6 weeks time.  Me I am looking at carrying less, eating less and to a certain point drinking less. I know my challenge is half the distance he will be racing, it does however a far greater percentage of height gain per mile with over 4,000 feet of ascent. I am choosing my kit based on this.  My shorts … Continue reading

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The Return…

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There was this shoe brand.  They produced a range of shoes with one in particular that the trail and fell running types, in many cases, couldn’t get enough off.  The brand then made the call to regroup their product and pull out of Europe. Well that particular shoe may not be making a return, yet the good news is that Brand will be. The next few weeks will see an exclusive for Accelerate, a shoe branded and badged from one of Europe’s finest and largest events.  A shoe that has a reputation for grip, fit and comfort.  One that many will … Continue reading

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On the up

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  FACT – I am entered in the Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon, 26th July 2015. FACT – I have (in the last year) made a habit of running flat road routes, to and from work – for a total of 3.75miles in any one go. FACT – When I have attempted anything longer it has been a slow jog/walk, like in the High Peak Marathon (42miles) this February, or a speedy (by my standards) 14mile urban trail (Trail Rush), for a calf wrecking 1hr 57min. FACT – I need to get some hills in. Challenge: To build the stamina and … Continue reading

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Returning to running

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Hi everyone! Hannah (sports nutritionist here). It’s been a while since I’ve run properly. I think I ran once in May and didn’t really enjoy it but today I’m back! Basically, I’m starting from the scratch. The benefit I have is that I know what to do in terms of food and nutrition but everything else needs (a lot of) work. The problem is that there can always be an excuse and today’s could have easily been that I hadn’t eaten very much so I grabbed one of the Beond bars in the shop and ate it about 20 minutes … Continue reading

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My New Favourite Shorts…

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I’m testing kit. Always testing kit.  I like to know that what the store is offering is good enough.  That has been the case for a while now and my own personal requirements less of an issue. Well until now… with less than 7-weeks to go I am once again considering what I need to wear to be comfortable for the long run, over mountains, in what could be a variety of conditions in a day! Both Chris and I amongst other Team Accelerate Runners, will be running the Scott Snowdon Trail Race – Chris the Marathon and myself the … Continue reading

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