Running Training in Between Programs

Many of us runners are at an in-between stage with our training right now. Although there are still a few races left in the calendar, huge cohorts of the community are biding their time until the next phase of running training for 2016 targets. Perhaps there’s a little apathy towards running right now.   A dip in motivation. The idea of stepping out the door onto the dark, cold and wet roads might not appeal as much as it did when you had a Big Goal bearing down on you. Plus your body needs a break, right? But imagine going into your next phase of training feeling super strong, fit… Read the full article »

Run Every Day?

Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m a real runner. I’ve done a few races over the last 30 years but I’ve always cycled between lots of running, then very little running. A few years ago I even contemplated quitting as a coach because I didn’t feel like enough of a runner. I decided to continue when I realised that being a runner is more a state of mind than a test you have to pass. There’s no minimum standard or speed or frequency.  You don’t have to train for races or even try to get better. 2 people can do exactly the same amount of running and one will consider herself to… Read the full article »

Have you ever been a complete beginner

I’m having an interesting experience at the moment as I learn how to swim. Both of my last 2 big goals – running 10 back to back marathons and running 100 miles in 24 hours – although challenging, were extensions of what I could already do. I was on familiar ground; some way along a sliding scale and all I had to do was move along a few more notches. Swimming is different. Because I have to get ON the scale before I can begin to move along it. I’m a complete beginner, and I’m loving it. It’s turning out to be such a powerful experience, that I want to… Read the full article »

I took my eye off the ball and tore my quad

1 year ago today I badly tore my left quad muscle. It was the day of my 10th consecutive marathon, and I had been nursing a progressive niggle there for a few days. For the past week and a half my post-run routine had included ice baths, message, foam rolling and as much rest as I could afford but an interesting thing happened after my 9th marathon the day before. I had been averaging around 4:15 for each of my runs, but on the morning of the 9th I woke up feeling really good. I just had this feeling that it was going to be a good run and decided not… Read the full article »

The worst possible timing

1 year ago today I began the first of my 10 back to back marathons. Thought it’d be a great way to celebrate my birthday, but in hindsight it was possibly the worst time of the year to start something like that. Kids back to school, wife back to work, childcare arrangements not fully sorted… For several days there I was running a marathon in the morning, heading straight over to pick up my 2 boys, taking an ice bath, inhaling some lunch then getting a quick massage. I’d then pick up my little girl from school before going off to do some proper work for a couple of hours… Read the full article »