I recently attended a few running club sessions over the last couple of weeks at the Wimbledon Windmilers.
If you’re contemplating joining a running club and what to move on with your running. Here are some thoughts that have been going around my head for a while now, as I’ve tried to make a decision. Continue reading “Joining a Running Club – Should you?”
The price of entry to big races is getting expensive. Everyone wants great locations, closed roads, clinical organisation, loads of toilets, goody bags and big medals.
The price to enter the London 10 mile was £44 and then they also sneaked on a £2.53 processing fee! Something that’s common and really annoying for music gigs, but nothing I’ve come across at running events. It didn’t stop me or plenty of others though. Continue reading “London 10 Mile Race Recap 4/6/17 – The New Distance One”
Foam rolling has become more popular and it made me think if self-massage is good for you.
Would you let an inexperienced physiotherapist or masseuse loose on your body or would you seek out someone with the relevant qualifications and experience?
I’ve foam rolled on and off for a few years and tend to do it most when my legs are really sore.
What is Foam rolling?
Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release (SMR) using a plastic cylinder wrapped in foam.
Myo denotes muscle. Continue reading “Foam Rolling – Can it help recovery?”
Around the blogosphere, there seems to have been a few race and marathon disappointments. I have had a few of these myself recently.
As disappointing as it is to work towards something, and not achieve your goal. It’s not good to dwell on it too long.
What is shows is that you’ve put in the hard work, just how f*ckin’ hard it is and what it takes to get those times. Continue reading “Refocusing – Getting back on the horse”
The build up
What’s the best prep for your race tomorrow? Staying up till 2.30am dancing the night away at your friends 40th birthday party and getting 3 ½ hours’ sleep? Yep, that’s it. No excuses. I knew what I was doing. Just a couple of little beers and lots of water!
It was an early start on Sunday morning to get over to East London. I didn’t know where I was going, so built in a little safety. My kit was ready (number already pinned on) so jumped in the shower to wake up, got dressed, grabbed my bag and breakfast out of the fridge and was gone.
By the time I got to the Tube at Waterloo, most of the carriage was filled with runners, Continue reading “Hackney Half Race Recap 30/04/17 – The run on feel one”
Note – PB – (Personal Best) in the UK. Known as PR – (Personal Record) in the US
When you start running, every race results in a PB. A lot of the time it comes down to doing the distance for the first time. Then even some half-arsed training leads to good gains and huge chunks being slashed off your PB.
The PBs keep coming and coming and you feel great and progress is being made. Every time you step to the line, you feel you have a PB in you. Continue reading “The PB (PR) Trap – Easy run or hard run?”
I don’t want to start ever post about a recent Rich Roll podcast I’ve listened to, but it is ever so good and you really should download and listen to it.
A recent guest was Conor Dwyer, an American swimmer who won gold in the London and Rio Olympic games in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.
You may not have heard of him, but he trains and races with Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps (at least one of which you should have heard of) so he’s pretty useful. Continue reading “Hard work or talent? Which one?”
Last week I had some annual leave to use up before the end of the financial year. As I wanted to use it to go somewhere and not waste it at home watching Homes under the Hammer, my girlfriend and I book flights and an apartment in Valencia, Spain for 3 nights.
We had a great time, the weather was fantastic and the food was hit and miss. What I want to talk about was the Jardines del Turia. Continue reading “Running in the City of Running – Valencia”
The bulk of your marathon training will be done and the taper will have started. All those hard miles will be soon worth it.
You’ll be excited about the big day, and you can never have too many tips. I’ve only done 2 marathons (both London) but the majority of the tips hold up for any race.
Run in your vest – test this out well before race day. Most of the time charity vests are not the greatest quality and some have a seam under the armpit that can rub the inside of your arm. See tip on Vaseline and plasters. Continue reading “Marathon tips – Get your preperation sorted”
Why do you do something? When you’re trying or aiming to start a new habit or setting yourself a new goal, plenty of advice on the subject will ask-
“What is your Why?”
This is the big underlying reason why you want to do what you want to do.
It could be that you’ve had some chest pain and a tingling sensation in your arm. Continue reading “Why I run? Why do you run?”