The year was 1954 – a different time. Queen Elizabeth II was just a year into her reign, post-war sugar rationing had not long come to an end, little more than 25% of families had a television and the human body was stubbornly refusing to run a mile in less than four minutes. Until a 25-year-old junior doctor named Roger Bannister returned to the Oxford University track at Iffley Road to record the first ever sub four minute mile. Continue reading Breaking The Barrier: The 4 Minute Mile
As runners, we run mile after mile but rarely challenge ourselves over the iconic distance of a mile. Be inspired by the first sub four minute mile and challenge yourself to run a single mile as fast as you can this summer with #RunYourMile. Continue reading #RunYourMile
My recent love affair with the London Marathon continued at the weekend but not as a runner. As an unlucky ballot entrant I wasn’t running the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon but was closer to the action than ever before.
Early in 2016 I devised a series of “Technique Taster” sessions to introduce members of Witney Road Runners to some basic running technique concepts and tips. Here’s what we got up to in the second session:
Session 2: Running ABC – adding agility and co-ordination to balance for a solid running technique foundation. Continue reading Running ABC
This week parkrun has received an unusually high profile in the UK media for unfortunate reasons. The coverage has highlighted what a fantastic, volunteer-led community has been established. With a surge in interest, your local parkrun is likely to need volunteers more than ever before so why not try it? I did, and I loved it. Continue reading Become a parkrun Volunteer
Early in 2016 I devised a series of “Technique Taster” sessions to introduce members of Witney Road Runners to some basic running technique concepts and tips. Here’s what the first session had in store:
Session 1: Introduction to Technique & Balance – what do we mean by “running technique” and how balance relates to your running. Continue reading Introduction to Running Technique And Balance
Early in 2016 I was invited to speak with the Witney Road Runners committee. I was asked to present my vision of how we could introduce a more formal coaching initiative to the club. Having engaged with the membership it was clear they wanted to know more about running technique so I proposed an 8 week series of “Technique Tasters” – interactive running seminars to introduce some of the basic concepts and tips. Continue reading Technique Taster Sessions
How many of you have had to stop during a run or worse, a race, to re-tie your laces? It happened to me during a half marathon and to some of my athletes while out on recent coaching sessions. Often, the movement of your running works the laces free but since I started using this tip I’ve never had a problem.
Earlier last year I was given the opportunity to try out some Hoka trainers. Unfortunately, coinciding with the training peak for my first marathon wasn’t great timing to try something new.
I gave the Conquest 2 road shoes a shot but they were nothing like I expected them to be. The Challenger trail version were much more comfortable but mara-noia meant I was steering clear of trails.
So when I was approached to try a pair of Hoka Clifton 2 I was reluctant to give them a shot. I did have another idea following a conversation with Jacqui, a fellow Witney Road Runner, who had heard great things about Hokas and was keen to give them a go.
After 6 years as a regular runner I finally acknowledged I should be taking on the cross country season. This afternoon it was time for me to embrace the filth!