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Why Do You Run? It’s Important to Understand…

Posted on by Run Stu

Many just don’t think about it, yet why do you run? For the joy of it, a healthy glow? To be with friends, to catch up after work? To reach new racing goals, to run faster for a PB? The truth probably lies in a mix of the above and will change through the year and most definitely during a life time of running. Yet it is still important to understand the ‘Mix’ as it should then help direct your purpose for training. We all like company when we train, it has been shown to benefit those searching for the … Continue reading

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Why I Hate The Heat

Posted on by Team Accelerate

’s not every day you hear that is it? Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy being outside in the sun – but with the recent heat wave, I just am not cut out to run in hot conditions. Running last weekend (18th June) in the World Mountain Running Trials only proved this. Ascending Sedbergh, the heat just left me panting, struggling to maintain a half decent pace.  Finishing last U19 male it wasn’t my best run, however, I hadn’t prepared for the heat. So, what can be done to help us run in hot conditions?   Working up a … Continue reading

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Hypothermia as a Lifestyle Choice

Posted on by Team Accelerate

  It’s November, the clocks have gone back, and now the temperature has truly plummeted for the first time this winter. Accordingly, it seemed appropriate to dig out this old blog post that drew a (relatively) reasonable amount of attention when I first posted it back in February over on fellmonkey.com, especially as it has been pointed out to me that is has popped up again on a couple of Facebook running groups in the last few days as a point of conversation. It has drawn sympathy, criticism, understanding and a few kind comments in equal measure and remains as … Continue reading

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33/56 – Spin

Posted on by Team Accelerate

There was good news on Tuesday evening when I had an assessment session with Pete down at the Accelerate Performance Centre. My recovery has progressed slightly ahead of schedule and there is a possibility of starting very light training again in two weeks, a fortnight earlier than we had first thought. By ‘very light’ we are talking an initial fifteen minute session, the middle five of which is a walking break. I’ll take it. I’m increasingly impressed with the development going on down at APC. The recently refurbished treatment room is looking great and the range of services continues to … Continue reading

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18/56 – In Hiding

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I wish I had better news, I really do. I don’t want to jump on here every few weeks and recount another tale of woe, another previously uncharted depth I have somehow managed to dive to in this broiling ocean of frustration and injury that is ‘Fellmonkey 2016’. So consider this post the bottom of that ocean, we’re standing on the floor, and from here on in we are only looking upwards and swimming for the surface. From here on in there will, can, be nothing but progress and upwards momentum. My knee had not really settled down. It was manageable, but … Continue reading

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Running and the Beyond, a Note for Beginners

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  Allow me to tell you a story. By way of introduction, it’s a story about me – if you’ll excuse the occasional drama – and a story about running. And you can be in it too, if you like. I’ll try to keep it brief, because there’s more to come on my new blog. There’s always more to come. We’re always beginning again. I’ll tell you the one about how I came to running, a few reasons why I run, and why I’m interested in coaching runners of all abilities. So I’ll start with hope, and hope to end … Continue reading

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From Sheffield to Chamonix – Part 2. Kneehab.

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Training was going well until the first week of August, where one bad foot plant in the middle of a brilliant session repping Win Hill set me back about four months. The knee problems that have plagued me since the win at Kielder came back to the fore, and it was a mad dash down to the Accelerate Performance Centre to see Pete Down and get an assessment. In twenty four hours I would be on a plane bound for Geneva and a connection to Chamonix for a training weekend in the very mountains I would be racing in at … Continue reading

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The Runners ‘Quick Fix’ and the Performance Stool

Posted on by Run Stu

There is so much information about run training and racing that is readily available today. The trouble is knowing what is qualified and what is not.  Is it something based on fact and long time experience, or is it anecdotal and just something that worked the once? It really is a minefield. Then you add into the mix the fact that experts produce something that is correct yet very generic, or part of a more involved plan that therefore needs a more careful and thoughtful approach to tailor it to the individual. Yet more of a minefield. The availability of … Continue reading

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What’s a healthy snack for an athlete?

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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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I’m back!

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Last week I managed a run/walk around Dam Flask (3 miles for those of you not in Sheffield) and it was tough. Really tough! I arranged to go for a run round Rother Valley with a friend on Sunday and warned her I’d be slow and probably run/walk. Rother Valley is great for running because it’s flat which in Sheffield is a massive bonus! It also isn’t quite 5k so you have to run past the entrance and do a bit more! Again, it was tough but walking wasn’t an option so I ran the whole thing in 32.47. Not … Continue reading

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