How to buy the right running shoes

Nike Shoes

The great thing about running is how little kit you need. The one essential piece of kit you do need is your shoes. They’re the one item that is not worth scrimping on. Your feet are obviously integral to running and you should look after them.

Everyone runs differently and the way that their foot lands or “strikes” the ground is different. Having a good idea of how your foot strikes the ground can help you buy the correct shoe for you. Continue reading “How to buy the right running shoes”

Halfs on the Horizon – Am I improving?

Ealing Half 2016 Finish

As ever, I’ve let things slide. Races (at which I’m excellent at booking) are quickly rushing up on the horizon.

There are 8 weeks until the Great North Run and 10 weeks until the Ealing Half.

I’ve been running and training regularly, so there’s some work in the tank. I have no idea where I’m currently at fitness or speed wise, as I have not raced or parkrun’d in a while. Sometimes, when I run, I feel good, and sometimes, I have a shocker. Continue reading “Halfs on the Horizon – Am I improving?”

7 expensive bits of running kit you don’t need

If you’re anything like me, before you start anything, you need to be prepared. Everything has got to be in place, just in case!

What I’ve come to realise, is that this is a form of procrastination. The prep is just a way of not doing the thing I’m meant to be doing.

As I have (slightly) minimised my life, I now only have the things I need and use and try to keep it as simple as possible.

Here are 7 bits of expensive kit that are not essential for running or starting running! Continue reading “7 expensive bits of running kit you don’t need”

Heart Rate – Does it help your running?

Heart Rate Monitor

When I’m BMFing, I turn my Garmin watch face to the heart rate screen. This is so I don’t end up looking at it and realising there is still 40 minutes left!

I’ve been hearing about heart rate zones for years. I came to discover when I wrote my post on the PB (PR) trap, that I was running in the “grey zone”. An area where always running at a higher intensity does not improve your aerobic system more. It just wears you out. Continue reading “Heart Rate – Does it help your running?”

Joining a Running Club – Should you?

Running Club

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?”

Refocusing – Getting back on the horse

Hackney Refocusing

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 PB (PR) Trap – Easy run or hard run?

Garmin

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?”

Running in the City of Running – Valencia

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”

Why I run? Why do you run?

Richmond Half Land

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?”

DOMS – Do you get sore muscles?

Running selfie

As I’ve got older I’ve noticed I suffer from DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) a lot more. Or more to the point, it’s not reducing with regular training. After a particularly tough session or a longer than normal run, it can still kick in. Continue reading “DOMS – Do you get sore muscles?”