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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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The Runners ‘Quick Fix’ and the Performance Stool

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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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1st month back as a runner

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I’ve been back running for just over a month now and I think I’m beginning to fall back in love with it. I went out on Sunday in the rain which would normally have been the first reason to go back to bed but I loved it! I also discovered Rivelin Valley is great as the trees shelter you from the rain. Sunday’s run was my longest, I ran for 47 minutes, 35 of those were consecutive and then a few bits of walking up the hills home. Have you ever run from Rivelin back up to Walkley? It’s a … 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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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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Low carb diets and running

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Why should you eat a low carb diet if you’re a runner? Carbohydrates were once thought to be the perfect fuel for running and a high carbohydrate, low fat diet was thought to be protective against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, strokes, cancer and obesity. However, the tables have turned and now evidence shows this is not the case. Just because you are a runner, this doesn’t necessarily protect you from all those diseases. Although your risk might be lower, a poor diet is not cancelled out by running. Exercise only accounts for 30% of the work towards a good, … Continue reading

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Joggers trots

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Joggers trots is a common and unfortunate problem most runners suffer with at some point in their running career. For most its a “blip” and goes as quickly as it arrives but for others, it can be a much more frequent and embarrassing problem. However, there are lots of ways it can be treated and eliminated. When you’re running, the movement reduces blood flow to your intestines as more is sent to the exercising muscles. The jostling of the intestines also causes changes in intestinal hormones which can speed up transit time and alters absorption rates. The first thing is … Continue reading

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