Dan Shrimpton (pictured left) is no stranger to Accelerate. He shops with us on a regular basis and visits the Performance Centre when in need of the odd bit of massage, or advice regarding injury prevention. He’s reviewed for us in the past (New Balance Minimus 1010) and has spoken as part of our Ultra Distance Running expert panel during the ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) in 2012. He recently raced in a 100 mile Ultra called the St Oswald’s Ultra. It was his first 100 miler. Here then, for your consideration, is his race report. St Oswald’s … Continue reading
Hello everybody. As runners we’re all supposedly happy healthy individuals, but with the news this week regarding meat = cancer, I thought I’d share this excellent bit of info from Cancer Research UK and at least help people stay informed, rather than confused or even afraid. For the longest time, I’ve championed running as justification, if not an outright excuse to simply eat whatever I like, in whatever quantity I like. But that seems a little irresponsible and would be to ignore what appears to be some very sensible advice on balancing what you eat and being realistic about the … Continue reading
The History: 2012 saw me complete the Rowbotham Round Rotherham (RRR) for the first time. I aimed at 10hrs or less. I managed a 9hr 38min, having walked what I’m sure was a total of about 15 miles. I learned a lot from my recces and the event itself. I also promised myself that if I ever went back to do it again, I’d shave a good hour from that finish time. An hour at the very least. The Meantime: 2015. I’m running more regularly than ever. I run to/from work most days. A total per day of 7.5 … Continue reading
Two stark and rather bleak headlines were this week presented at The Sheffield hosted European Outdoor Summit. I was lucky enough to attend a full on programme of talks and workshops focusing around the problems faced by suppliers (brands) and retailers in a new digital age. Add to that the environment and sustainability, plus the growing world Omni channel retailing and communication, the ‘Internet of Things’. Yet, as an active runner since the age of 16 two very stark headlines stood out. The first is that by 2020, smoking will no longer be the biggest cause of premature death. Inactivity … Continue reading
While recently talking a customer through various running pack options, I found myself yet again explaining a big tip I discovered the hard way a few years ago – so I thought I’d quickly share it with everyone, just to save somebody somewhere from the disaster I once so narrowly avoided. I used to think that zipping a double zipped bag so that both zips sit right at the top of the bag was a safeguard against contents falling out. I assumed that gravity would keep things sat neatly within, even if the zips crept a little. Not the … Continue reading
Colin Papworth is Accelerate Performance Centre‘s resident Podiatrist. His expertise covers a wide range of foot related diagnosis, running form assessment and occasionally – product evaluation. He’s a real string to Accelerate’s bow, allowing us to scrutinise footwear in a way that separates the truly effective from the marketing guff. If Colin says it’ll work – it’ll work. On the right feet of course. In any case, here he shares his thoughts after having tested and used both the Hoka One One and Altra ZeroDrop ultra distance shoes. I am in a very lucky position to often be … Continue reading
I was asked by a client to help with snacks for her son who is an aspiring athlete. Snacking can be really difficult especially if people find they have to eat at different times of the day due to work etc. I put together a brief factsheet and thought I’d share it here to help you too. Diet is hugely underestimated as a part of your training schedule. Diet is key! Training is important but without a healthy and nourishing diet, your training will be limited Eat plenty of protein to help build muscle mass Avoiding sugar is key not … Continue reading
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