The second installment from Harry Smith in our Reasons to run series, a retired GP and keen runner who regularly attends Running Past 50 on a Friday morning here at the Accelerate store. Harry shares the medical benefits of exercise and how it can keep you healthy and strong whatever your age. Thomas Edison 1847 – 1931 said “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will involve the patient in the proper use of food, fresh air and exercise.” Running is one of the best ways to keep fit and boost your overall health. It is a … Continue reading
Harry Smith is an Accelerate Community member and a regular at Running past 50, he shares his reason behind getting out the door for a run and its positive effect on his mental and physical health. ‘Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional ‘The words of Haruki Murakami when talking about running. I started to run just 2 months short of my 72nd birthday. Dragooned into accompanying my 7-yearold Granddaughter on a park run As a fairly fit twice a week Derbyshire fell walker and numerous long-distance paths completed, i.e. Pennine Way and Coast to Coast, the thought of a 5-kilometre … Continue reading
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
In just about every sport I can think of, coaching is part of the improvement process for the participant, yet not so often in running. I suspect because it is so much more of an individual sport and everyone can run, can’t they? Well, therein lies the question, there is running… And there is running. And I am not talking about who is the faster. There does appear to be one very common thread throughout what people talk about, with regard to Running Objectives. This occurs across the spectrum of running participation, regardless of time spent running on a … Continue reading
Like a second skin, a jacket that helps you battle the elements and won’t hold you back. If you’ve been searching for a protective, warm and great-looking top layer for trail, fell or mountain running, I can highly recommend the new Inov-8 Softshell Pro. Inov-8 says, “Stay warm and protected when running in cold, windy conditions with this men’s windproof running jacket. The AT/C SOFTSHELL PRO FZ is constructed with Pertex Equilibrium for warmth and zoned Pertex Quantum for protection to vital body organs.” I can’t speak for my vital body organs – I suppose they are doing alright, because … Continue reading
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
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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