The weather forecast says ‘Hot, Hot, Hot’. Today is race day and over the last couple of weeks the weather has been warm, yet in an effort to be ‘sensible’ and to be able to run at your usual training speeds you’ve simply avoided the heat and missed training. Is this the right thing to have done? Often, runners fear the heat and just avoid training at all and then rock up to their target race, lacking any sort of ‘heat training’ and therefore acclimatisation. So what can we do? How We Keep Cool Our bodies are constantly adapting to … Continue reading
When it comes to the best way to mentally approach a race, one of the greatest pieces of coaching advice I have ever been given is this, ‘Start logically, finish emotionally’ Emotion is certainly a powerful weapon to help drive you to achieve great things, but it’s a little bit like anaerobic respiration – great for short, powerful bursts, but a disaster for sustained efforts. While this is true, applying it in a race is sometimes a lot harder than it seems. Having the confidence to trust in your own pacing, and not be drawn into the race for the … Continue reading
Six years! Six years of the same route to and from work. I run in. Then roughly 8 hours later, I run home again. And it’s uncanny…. The conditions can be ideal on the way in. Or they’ll be the worst Mother Nature can throw at you. But either way, having set myself up with the correct clothing and equipment for the environment – come Shalesmoor (exactly halfway), the situation will reverse itself. Or the extreme weather kicks in. Let’s say as a conservative estimate that I’ve run for 30 weeks out of every year. An understatement I’m sure. … Continue reading
This weekend I re-visited my local Parkrun. Hillsborough Parkrun. Last time was in 2015, which I find hard to believe. Anyway, I remember that I set off too quickly and almost blew up, so this time I thought I’d use the run to build up slowly. It does involve 3 laps of the park, so I had plenty of room to improve as I went. I’ve been a little out of shape recently, as we’ve a 9month old baby at home and all the associated obstacles. That said, with the circumstances surrounding that 2015 slog, I thought I’d stand … Continue reading
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