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 »

The most unfair race in the world?

Somebody was telling me about a very strange race he took part in at the weekend, called ‘The Bingo Race’. Before the start, everybody is allocated 3 numbers between 1 & 30 and then set off on a 2.2 mile lap course. At the end of each lap you take a ball from a bag of 30, hoping to get one of your numbers before heading out for another lap. This goes on until you have collected all 3 of your numbers, or the 10 hour timer runs out (!) So technically you could run 6.6 miles and win the race, or 50 miles and DNF, which is what happened… Read the full article »

Tough Mudder with Team Sony & Men’s Fitness

On August 1 I took part in the Yorkshire Tough Mudder event as one of the coaches assigned to get ‘Team Sony’ into shape ahead of the event. The results were published in the October edition of Men’s Fitness magazine as well as a couple of videos on the Sony channel. Here’s the article from Men’s Fitness:  A couple of videos to give you an idea of what the challenge is like… Join Team Believe on May 1 2016 Fancy a challenge for next year? Tough Mudder is a fantastic event for the way it combines very physical challenges in a very do-able way. The emphasis is on team work,… Read the full article »

The 10k is a tricky beast

Getting the pace right in a 10k  – so that you’re not blowing up after 6k OR finishing with such a sprint that you feel there was more to give – is hard to do. I had my name down for my local 10k in Thame last weekend, but given that it was only 2 weeks after my 100 miles I wasn’t sure how to approach it. My legs were feeling pretty good all things considered so it seemed a waste not to give it my best shot, even though I wasn’t expecting too much. It was an interesting situation to be in, and I learned a few things that could… Read the full article »

Getting your mojo back after a race

Training for a race ticks a lot of boxes for runners. It’s not the be all and end all, but there’s something very focusing about having a time-bound deadline on the horizon. You know that you’re going to be standing on that start line come what may, and the choices you make in the prior weeks & months will be added up. And when you’re trying to live a positive, fit & healthy life it’s the day to day decisions that count. So if having the focus of a race helps you make the kind of choices that are going to add up to a better version of yourself, then… Read the full article »