Whatever your level, it’s always good to revisit the basics. If you’re a newbie, a returning runner or a struggling runner that’s reached a plateau.
There are many benefits to taking up or re-taking up running. Physical benefits, health benefits and mental benefits. Sometimes when you run, you float along as if you can go on forever. Other times your heart feels like it’s going to pop out of your chest, and you crash after one mile. Continue reading “The 10 basics of running – How to get started”
I want honesty from the blogs I read. I also want to be honest myself.
Some blogs can seem like they’re all about product launch parties, free gear and trips abroad. But what I want to really know is – are they in the trenches grinding it out and that the perfect Instagram posts are….well, not all that perfect and really they‘re just like me. Continue reading “Being honest – Life’s not a highlight reel”
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.
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?”
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?”
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.