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Sesamoid Street

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  Today’s Blog is brought to you by the letters ‘F’ and the number ‘Zero’. sesamoid noun: sesamoid bone a small independent bone or bony nodule developed in a tendon where it passes over an angular structure, typically in the hands and feet. The kneecap is a particularly large sesamoid bone. So, I’m into week 3 of injury and this time it’s something called my Sesamoid Bone/s which are an issue.  Until a few weeks ago, I’d never heard of these bones.  Didn’t even know that they were bones.  In fact, as fate would have it, I actually dealt with … Continue reading

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Lucho Dillitos – a running food review

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  Stuart Walker of #TeamAccelerateScott recently took off with some of our newly introduced running nutrition. Here’s what he had to say:   Right then, a food review… This blog is branching out! Well, slightly… the food in question is a new running / cycling snack called a “Lucho Dillitos”. Lucho whatcha? First things first – I’ll save you the Google translation. Lucho Dillitos is Spanish for “I fight little boys” (try it!) This is surely a strong start. Ingredients As you are no doubt aware, energy food has changed over the last few years. Gloopy gels assembled in a … Continue reading

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

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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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OMMbelievably We Survived – by Anna Hoogkamer

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  Anna Hoogkamer runs for Team Accelerate-inov-8 and is a seasoned Fell Runner.  Equally at home on Cross Country events, or Fell Running competitions (such as Accelerate/inov-8’s Gritstone Series), the 28th & 29th October 2017 marked her first foray into Mountain Marathons, with entry into the now infamous ‘OMM’ (Original Mountain Marathon).  Below is her account:             The Original Mountain Marathon (the OMM to those in the know) is something I’ve wanted to do since the moment I first heard about it – two days of running in the fells, a night of camping and … Continue reading

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The Voices

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  So it’s race day and once again you are standing in the start line… Or maybe you’ve just stepped out ‘your car on a miserable morning and looked up at that hill you were planning to go up… You could have everything controlled… Shoes tied and taped, enough Gels to feed an Army. But as soon as you start, something else comes into play. A little voice in the back of your mind saying, “you can’t do this, you can’t do this” over and over again. “That person is too fast, you’re feeling tired, give up” is muttered as … Continue reading

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Light Relief

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  A word about lighting. When running, your chief concern from dusk til dawn – is night time visibility.  That much is obvious. But as you strive to secure that largest, most powerful equipment known to mankind, it might be wise to consider some of the more practical concerns associated with moving at speed through the darkness.   Here is my advice, based entirely on experience: Criteria for a running headtorch are as follows: Light – enough, but not over kill.  There are torches out there which put my car’s headlights to shame, but in reality – if you can … Continue reading

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New Beginnings…

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  Blog. First one in ages. Yonks, you might say. But here it is.  New style.  Short blogs. I’ve been getting fat.  Lazy.  Unfit. I just accepted an invitation to join a friend and his mate on next year’s High Peak Marathon, so, y’know….. TRAINING! Gotta get busy with at least 30 minutes a day, 6 days per week.  Gentle at first for sure.  But it’s gonna have to get serious in time, because come March 2018 – 40-odd miles of up/down with thick filth and bog, covered in fog (potentially) and a dash of sideways rain/snow.  At night. So … Continue reading

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Serotinal

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The chill in the early morning air is palpable, so I pull the sleeves down on my shirt to keep it at bay a little longer before laboriously manoeuvring my feet into a pair of well worn shoes. It shouldn’t be such an effort, but it is 6am and Finlay was up a few times through the night needing to be fed. I’m not feeling particularly alert, my head is fuzzy, and I’m only huddled here on the doorstep because my wife instructed me to ‘get up and get it done’. I start my watch and ease into a gentle … Continue reading

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How not to race Snowdon Trail Half Marathon

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  Peter Down is the Physiotherapist at Accelerate Performance Centre (APC). A regular cyclist, who also swims and runs, so naturally participates in the odd Triathlon. This year (2017), he took part in the Scott Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon for the first time. This is his account.     My training was great. I did my long runs up to or around 10 miles, nice and steady and flat, I kept it flat because I don’t like hills. I did one speed session per week which was running fast for 4-ish miles with a friend. I would also do one … Continue reading

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Champs Racing in the Sunshine

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  The past few months have seen Sheffield hit by some gorgeously hot weather. But all of that comes with extra challenges when racing and training. The high temperatures can create havoc as your body tries to compensate and ends up losing excess water and salts. It is especially difficult when the warm weather arrives suddenly and your body doesn’t have the chance to adjust before a big race. My first challenge in this hot weather was Barnoldswick Weets, an English Champs short in absolute scorching conditions. The weather had come out of nowhere so I hadn’t had chance to … Continue reading

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