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 in cold weather can pay off provided we follow some common sense basics: Dress in layers – the body generates a lot of heat even during cold weather. It’s important to dress to keep...

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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. Break it down work from one CP to the next, it’s a good idea to study the distances in advance & carry a note for when the brain scrambles (which it will do) so you know roughly what you...

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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 your body and your surroundings - welcome to the trails. I remember very well my first encounter with a trail marathon - The Ox in 25th May 2014, a fantastic race & baptism of fire for a novice! I...

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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 see some runners who glide, like they are floating on air. This may be down to natural ability, but often it is down to them spending time working on other aspects of their running technique and conditioning...

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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 I made it) but I was surprisingly relaxed about the whole thing. Because I’d run further on other occasions, I just assumed I’d be awesome (hubris!) Also I had so many friends running it that...

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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 and over in your mind. Probably enough to make you go slightly insane with worry! When preparing for race week I make sure I follow these top tips: Race week 1. Taper and minimise...

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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 no idea how to pace myself. I have learnt more through my own mistakes, and want to share some of my experiences and stories in the hope this will help you pace yourself.This is not a blog about being...

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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, more like an adventure (and a flipping epic one at that.) I'm a running geek and I love organised races but the Larmer is simply something else - it had a real community feel, a bit like you get at...

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Raoul Monks.. 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 countries…

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At 8am on 29th March 2019 I will begin (and hopefully finish) the first of seven marathons that I am doing that week. I am trying to raise money for East Anglian Children's Hospice a charity very close to my heart. What am I actually doing? Over seven days, I am running seven marathons in seven different countries, solo. Each day I will be running 26.2 miles in a race against the clock as I try...

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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 that they only allow a few hundred people to do the race in order to maintain the community and fun feel and that the aid stations were amazing – this sounded like my kind of race!! Unfortunately...

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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 more than I could chew! I was a mess and I couldn’t make myself stand up or even get my shoes back on. I was 2 and a bit hours and 20km away from achieving my target but I had fallen short once again....

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TRANSALPINE MUM; Ultrarunning and motherhood

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[caption id="attachment_4486" align="alignright" width="1000"] Copyright Goretex Transalpine Run[/caption] TODAY MARKS A YEAR. A year since I signed myself up to do something crazy – something beyond crazy really. I decided that it would be a clever idea to enter the Goretex Transalpine Run. This event is a mountain trail race that traverses the Alps from Germany to Italy along a 260km route,...

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Don’t fancy C25K why not try Couch to Trail

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Google “running off road” and you could be forgiven for thinking that running trail is only for experienced runners and that there is a whole checklist you need to consider before you venture out. Don’t go out alone, pump your arms, don’t over-do it, don’t bend at the waist, tell someone where you are going, lift your feet high, stick to clear paths, wear the ‘right’ shoes and so...

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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 around 17 miles each in 3 stages over a 24 hour (ish) period. It’s an absolutely bonkers and brilliant event with the van banter (vanter?!) being just as big a part of the experience as the running. I...

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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 stressful things to deal with which means I simply haven’t had time to fit runs in. I have lots of good excuses but actually they are just excuses and I need to take better care of myself. I’m...

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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 and friends, I also know the probability of securing a place is very slim so I thought I might as well sign up as chances are I won’t get it anyway. Well in 2016 I was right, both my partner Sam, my...

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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 chance! Now just to qualify things, I am massively out of shape and my physique is starting to resemble a plastic waxwork that’s been left a little too close to the fire. My excuse has been work...

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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 Running Show, some high-profile elite runners and little old me running about 50k a day for 5 days. To be honest I’d not fully recovered from the 100 miler in November and I’d done minimal...

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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 I’ve run the following: 126 runs 1191.46 miles 212.75 hours of running My average run is about 9.5 miles and 1hour 40 mins Some of the highlights: Birmingham Marathon dressed...

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Buggy Running and a review of the Thule Glide Dark Shadow

Mike's Progress
So today was my first ever attempt at buggy running. It’s something that I’ve never really tried before but I can really see the appeal – keep the baby amused/quiet/asleep for an hour or two and keep fit at the same time, it’s a win-win! The guys at Thule donated us a brand-new Glide Dark Shadow to test drive and review. For this test I enlisted the help of our resident buggy expert...

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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 done any races before February this year I have to say that I am a little bit impressed with myself. Anyway....... the point of this post is to let all the lovely ladies out there in on a little secret,...

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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 embarrassing and painful to fail so spectacularly and finishing a full 20 miles short of my goal really hurt. So, I set out to try again (only 5 months later) and here’s what happened: First...

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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 (or two!) Challenge 1 - 100 miles in 24 hours Some of you might know that I took on Endure 24 in June with the bold claim that I was going to do 100 miles in the 24-hour period. This was...

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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 you doing so much and if I am completely honest I don't know, I got the running bug and    I very quickly realized that when you attempt to do this much running it is never really just you that is...

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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. It’s no reflection on the course that I struggled so much – but when you are dressed like this guy and it’s 20 degrees, things get tough: I packed all of my usual kit and I was feeling...

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Gareth Reviews the Salisbury Half Marathon

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Here at the National Running Show we want to give you a wide variety of views and opinions because we believe that running is for EVERYONE. And everyone has different ways of running. Gareth has been running for over two years and is well on his way to becoming a fast runner. Here is his review of the Salisbury Half Marathon from a few weeks ago.   Overcoming a tough knee injury...

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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 for lunch ? Over the last 3 weeks I’ve been lucky enough to take part in 3 half marathons and I’m delighted to report that all 3 were amazing! You can find my full race reviews on www.racecheck.com...

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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 cross training (weights and squash primarily) I’ve had one of my most successful running months in a long time! I’m so much happier (apart from that gap post run and pre-food when I’m a...

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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 definatley one that started me on a high! We arrived early (you will notice that I try to do this with all races because I am neurotic about being late for anything) parking was laid out on the website...

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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 run really early in the morning so I always use a head torch and thought I’d share some tips I’ve picked up about buying the right one for you: Try them on. Check for how the weight is distributed...

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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 weird effect on me and I started getting properly anxious about my lack of training. I’ve had loads of things going on with work, plus house remodelling plus other outside pressures and without running...

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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 weekend to get a personal best time, and I have to say that I think that is in some part due to the fact that I have been drinking TrueStart. I have also found that by eating their bars, I get less of...

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Kinesiology Tape for Running Related Niggles

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One of the products that people are a little hesitant of is Kinesiology tape, we thought we would ask our exhibitor Rock Tape to give us a little insight into what it is and some basics on using it. Paul Coker is the Medical Director of Rocktape UK, an experienced Physiotherapist and very average ultra/trail runner.  Here is his lowdown on all things kinesiology tape. WHAT IS KINESIOLOGY...

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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 the start of the year when someone said to me that this was actually a thing. Underwear is important for me at the best of times and over the years I have found the things that work for me and the stuff...

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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 alternatives such as belts, shops, water fountains etc but I prefer the packs. It is worth noting that if you are a speed freak, every litre you carry is an extra kg of weight so some of you guys...

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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 a fairly new runner, only one half marathon under my belt, and I don't have the experience of using to many of them yet but this pack feels like a second skin. I have the Duro 1.5 and except for the...

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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 so easy – I knew I could go faster and literally couldn’t wait until my next one – I was so going to smash it… Two days later I’m practically sprinting down the stairs to get out. I’m...

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Top Ten Tips for Running in Fancy Dress

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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 into quite a few trees, including at one point hitting a branch so hard that I was knocked to the floor! I’ve done loads of runs in costume and to date my fastest official marathon is a 3:47 while...

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Costume Running in Hard as Snails v2

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  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 to test out the raccoon costume. I hadn’t really read the info so had no idea what to expect, what I found out was a gem of a race that was one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever done. So the distance...

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Compression Socks and Sleeves – Product Review

Charlotte's Progress
Hi! Charlotte here! Again! I have been very lucky that the wonderful people at Run Mummy Run sent me a pair of their compression socks and the lovely people at CEP sent me a pair of their compression sleeves to test out and give you lovely people my honest feedback. The only way I know to do this is to actually wear them for training and races and tell you my honest opinion. Now as a relatively...

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Vitality Move – Jessica Ennis-Hill’s Running Festival

Charlotte's Progress
This has been the most fun that I have had on a race day so far! Our little team of The National Running Show T-shirt wearers started our day by getting up at 5:30am. Oh the things we will do for a race these days. We headed off from our little sleepy location on a Sunday morning, when I felt like purely by turning the car on I was about to wake everyone from their early morning slumber, and headed...

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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 attempt and I am definitely going to try again! A lot of awesome people sponsored me on the basis that I was going to do 100 miles in 24 hours so I have to keep trying until I get there right? So technically...

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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 but boy oh boy am I happy about this! The night before the race I kid you not I had the most real dream about actually being taken off the race course in an ambulance. Blooming scary I can tell you....

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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 thing, no walking, just running but I am currently not confident that this will actually happen. The closer that we get to the day the more nervous that I get. All the runs that I have done in the...

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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 complete 20 laps (100 miles) during the 24-hour period. Unfortunately, I only managed 16 laps (80 miles) but I did place 33rd in the race and I gave absolutely everything I could. Looking back at it...

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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 I will have ever run and to say I’m a bit nervous is an understatement! Training has been a bit rocky, my nutrition is frankly awful and I haven’t done enough mileage. Yet weirdly I’m strangely...

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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 Green Park Royal Berkshire 10km. I have never run with other people before, except maybe my husband but trust me when I say that that really didn't prepare me for the weekend at all. I am so...

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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, but I have actually decided to run my first Half Marathon! To be honest there are a few reasons for this. The first and least depressing is that I can now comfortably, on a good day, run 10k with very...

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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 set me back and means April was actually 2 runs less than March and 20 miles less distance! Luckily for me it was just my little toe and I’m back training and feeling pretty much ok again. So...

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Recovery

Charlotte's Progress
So for the most of the Winter, I think my body decided as it was too cold outside it was going to give me as many possible problems as it could to stop me from going running. I am not going to bore you with the details of wisdom teeth infections and one of the worse cases of flu to chest infection that I have had, but suffice to say I was a little bit grateful as it meant I didn’t have to wrap up...

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