Cold Weather Training Basics

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  Winter burr - its all too easy to peek outside & think dark/cold/wet - but think Rocky he showed us when he trained in the cold snows of Russia for his bout with the hulking Ivan - training...

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The 100 Miler Mind-Set

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M – MILES a 100 miles is a long way most people’s reaction is “I get tired driving 100 miles & you’re doing it on foot?” true but you must not dwell on the distance, otherwise it can overwhelm....

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Relaxing into Trail Running

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Are you fed up of tarmac, had enough of chasing PB's & shoving gels down your throat - do you want to swap busy roads for peaceful trails, run with a smile on your face & feel more in tune with...

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The ABC’s of Running

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You will often hear the term ‘The ABC’s of running’ used and it can mean many different things but today we are going to go back to basics and focus on Agility Balance and Coordination. You will...

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Race to the Stones – it’s no mean feat!

Mike's Progress
I approached Race to the Stones in my usual way – under prepared and overconfident in my ability! RTTS is 100km (62 miles) and is no mean feat! It would be the 4th longest run of my life (assuming...

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Marathon Training Tips

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Marathon Training Tips - Part 1 by Ania Gibb The week leading up to race day can be extremely daunting. The nerves kick in and all the doubts of “Have I done enough training?!” play over...

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Getting Your Pace Right by Paul Addicott

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Having been an official Pacer for the last 5 years I am often asked “how do you get your pace right”? I have not always been good at pacing myself, and spent many years throwing myself into races with...

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The Larmer Tree Marathon – WOW, just WOW!

Mike's Progress
We had 50mph winds, pouring rain, hailstones and the occasional burst of sunshine to accompany us on a pretty challenging trail marathon course somewhere South of Salisbury. It didn’t feel like a race,...

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Race review – the Batty Bimble

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The Batty Bimble is  a 3.1 mile ‘there and back’ race at the Hogmoor Enclosure which is an old tank testing site. The event lasts for 6 hours and you can do as many ‘laps’ as you like. I was told...

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Treadmill Challenge

Mike's Progress
Whilst lying on the floor at 2am convulsing uncontrollably as my friend Verity was desperately throwing blankets and jumpers on top of me to stop me losing heat I realised that I’d probably bitten off...

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Ragnar Relay

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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to take part in the Reebok Ragnar White Cliffs event. This is a 170 mile relay along the south coast from Margate to Brighton. Teams of 10 people complete...

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Project 700

Mike's Progress
It’s the 21st June and this year I’ve run 35 times and covered exactly 300 miles. My target is 1,000 miles so it’s fair to say I’ve been slacking! Work has been mental and I’ve had lots of other...

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My First Marathon

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I guess I should start with how I ended up going from a casual 10k every now and then to training to run 26.2 miles. I think the London Marathon has been on everyone’s bucket list including my family...

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Return of the Raccoon

Mike's Progress
So it’s May! Where did the first few months of this year go?! I’ve been struggling to get out and run recently so when the opportunity arose to do the new half marathon Run Gatwick I jumped at the...

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Lessons Learned!

Mike's Progress
Lesson One - Fail to Prepare and Prepare to Fail! I recently attempted to run to the NEC with a group of the most extraordinary people I’ve ever met. It was a collection of speakers for the National...

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1000 Miles done!

Mike's Progress
Happy New Year everyone! So, 2017 is done and what a year it’s been! Strava tells me that I ran 911 miles in 2017 but when you add in all the treadmill training I was doing at the start of the year...

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Run Mummy Run Kit

Charlotte's Progress
So after running a lot of half marathons this year, I actually worked it out the other day and realised that this year I have run 9 half marathons, two 10km and one 5k race this year. Having never...

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Running 100 Miles – Round 2!

Mike's Progress
For those of you who don’t know, I set myself a challenge in June of running 100 miles in 24 hours at an event called Endure 24. I only managed 80 miles and was an absolute mess afterwards. It was really...

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Challenge Accepted

Mike's Progress
So, I’ve had a pretty good couple of months running and managed to run a 45-miler and a marathon (dressed as a raccoon) so I’m feeling a little bold and have decided it’s time for another challenge...

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Six races in six weekends

Charlotte's Progress
The last six weeks have been a blur! This is in most part due to the fact that I have been running and running and oh yeah RUNNING! I have been asked so often over the last few weeks why? Why are...

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The race that broke me

Mike's Progress
This weekend I completed the Birmingham International Marathon dressed as the Raccoon in 5 hrs and 39 minutes. This is the hardest race that I’ve ever done and it took every ounce of energy I had....

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Half Marathons

Mike's Progress
The half marathon is rapidly becoming my favourite distance. It’s a real test to run a half and shouldn’t be underestimated but it’s also an achievable distance and usually finishes just in time...

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Going Long

Mike's Progress
So last month was my worst month in a while and I’m sorry for that super negative blog but this month I’m pleased to say has been AWESOME! After taking a bit of a break last month and re-introducing...

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1 of 5 Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon

Charlotte's Progress
So after weeks of training, doubting, eating, blisters, odd weather, and a whole load of different running kit, I finally came to my first race of the five, Run Reigate Half Marathon! And this was...

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Headlamps for Running

Mike's Progress
Winter is coming people! Time to invest in some high vis and all manner of torches! I strongly recommend purchasing a head torch, especially if you are considering trail running in fading light. I...

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Overtraining and Anxiety

Mike's Progress
This month I had to reign it in and calm down a bit. I strained my calf (again!) on my second run of the month and decided to take a couple of weeks off and let things recover properly. This had a...

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TrueStart Coffee

Charlotte's Progress
After an epic weekend at the 401 Challenge Festival of Running, and having tested this product to the full, it seemed only right that I should let you in on my findings. I was lucky enough this...

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Let’s talk pants!

Charlotte's Progress
Ok so I get it, when someone says running underwear a lot of people tend to say "where is the point" as if they assume that your normal underwear if fine. To be honest this is the way I thought at...

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Osprey Duro 15 v Saloman S Lab Ultra Sense

Mike's Progress
Just a bit of context for this review - I use water packs when running any distance over 10 miles – I drink a lot of water and I find it is the easiest way to carry everything I need. There are other...

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Osprey Duro 1.5 – Review

Charlotte's Progress
Oh my god I love these! I know great way to start a balanced review but I am not kidding this has solved so many things for me. Granted that this is my first hydration backpack and I really, as...

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Back up and Running

Mike's Progress
I didn’t really have target this month and was trying to ease back up again after taking a bit of a rest post Endure 24. I started the month with a cheeky 5 miler which I blitzed in 42 mins. It was...

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Top Ten Tips for Running in Fancy Dress

Mike's Progress
Top Ten Tips for Running in Fancy Dress Wednesday night I ran a 10-mile trail run dressed as a giant raccoon – it was hilarious and great fun but my costume inhibited me slightly and I did run...

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Costume Running in Hard as Snails v2

Mike's Progress
  Race Review for AAT Events Hard as Snails 2 What a brilliant surprise of an event! I entered this 15k race (9.3 ish miles) thinking it would just be a little run around and a good chance...

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Meet Mr Raccoon

Mike's Progress
  So, if you read my last blog then you’ll see that I was a bit moany because I failed in my attempt to get 100 miles in 24 hours. Well I’ve decided to cheer up a bit! This was my first...

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First Half Marathon Complete!

Charlotte's Progress
And oh boy did I learn some things! Firstly that I am a little bit awesome! I actually finished the whole race. I know that this might not sound like a big deal to many of you seasoned runners out there...

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Before the first half!

Charlotte's Progress
Hi All! So we are currently less than 48hrs out from my very first race and I have to be honest I am absolutely bricking it! I am very determined that all I want to be able to do is run the whole...

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Endure 24 – blisters, sweat and tears

Mike's Progress
So yesterday I ran Endure 24 as a solo runner. 24 hours non-stop running / walking / limping around a 5-mile circuit. If you’ve been reading my blog before then you’ll know that I was aiming to...

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Go Hard or Go Home

Mike's Progress
I have 8 days to go until Endure 24!!!! In 8 days time I’m going to be running 5 mile laps around a course for 24 hours and I’m going to try and do 20 laps (100 miles). This is by far the furthest...

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10k Race – Personal Best

Charlotte's Progress
So in order to get me ready for my goal of being able to run a Half Marathon in October my husband and I decided to test the water with a 10k race. Specifically the National Running Show Partner Race Solutions...

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I might have gone MAD!

Charlotte's Progress
I have signed up for my very first Half Marathon, and 10k! There is a very good chance that I have completely lost my mind, most of my friends would probably say that this happened a long time ago,...

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Oh No! Toe!

Mike's Progress
I’m writing this with 6 weeks to go before Endure 24 and I was hoping to tell you how I’d got on at the Fox Ultra last month. Unfortunately, I couldn’t race as I broke my little toe!  This has really...

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