I’ve been a little quiet recently because I’ve been a little busy. I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions but back in January I set myself a goal for 2014 and last week I achieved it. The goal was running related but nothing to do with a distance or a time. This achievement would be longer lasting!
Some of you may have heard of fartlek training. Some of you may know that fartlek is Swedish for “speed play”. Every so often I like to give my runners a session that really does allow them to play with speed. I like to call it “Catch the pigeon”.
This year my running pace has come on in leaps and bounds so I wanted to take my race nutrition more seriously but I hadn’t got on with any of the bars and gels I’d previously tried. That was until I found TORQ. Anyone for apple crumble?
Five weeks ago I had my worst ever run at the spiritual home of my running, the Great North Run. This morning I was up, literally, at the crack of dawn to implement the lessons I learned from the GNR at this year’s Oxford Half Marathon.
This week, many doormats have been warmed and almost as many moods have been cooled by the arrival of the London Marathon ballot result. Thousands of runners feel hard done by but is there a better way to allocate London Marathon places?
Holidays are time for relaxing and recharging but that doesn’t mean running has to take a back seat. On my recent holiday to Cornwall, I took advantage of the coastline and countryside to recharge my running mojo.
On my run this weekend I got knocked off my horse. I’ve never felt anything like it, especially not since I’ve been a regular runner. The Great North Run 2014 turned out to be not so great for me. Or perhaps it was better than I thought.
Last month I was selected to be part of a Running Bug team to put the new TomTom Runner Cardio watch to the test. Having used the adidas miCoach SmartRun watch for the last 9 months it was a great opportunity to put them head-to-head.
In the past I’ve paid little attention to race fueling or hydration, previously leaving things to chance. As improving PBs is getting harder I’ve started to consider my fueling and hydration strategy.
Co-incidentally, or perhaps it was the running (or Twitter) gods, I noticed a tweet from the team at nuun hydration asking for willing reviewers of their hydration tabs. Well, I stuck my hand up and a few days later I got a little package through the post.
Since getting seriously into this running lark I’ve had some ups and downs. I’m glad to say that at the moment I’m very much on the up. A lot of the “up” is down to hard work but I’ve recently had a little bit of luck too, winning a pair of Brooks Ghost 7 courtesy of The Running Bug’s #brooksluckycharm competition.