Today marks the release of the first episode of the new podcast, Canicross Conversations, which I've just launched with a colleague, Louise from Paws 4 Running. In the podcast, Louise and I chat to each other and various special guests and experts, about running, and canicross, sometimes while on the run ourselves. Listen to the … Continue reading Canicross Conversations – Episode 1
Dogs don’t just die in hot cars. A much greater percentage of dogs now die from overheating while exercising, whether that be walking or running. The canicross season runs from September through to Easter, and the extreme ends of the season can still be very hot. Together with Louise Humphrey, a fellow canicross instructor, we … Continue reading Would you know how to recognise the early signs of heat stroke in your dog?
One of the most common questions people ask me is, how do they improve their running? There are a number of ways people wish to improve: They may wish to focus on a PB for their next race They may want to progress to a new distance safely, and without injury They may seek to … Continue reading The building blocks of a training plan
Since starting canicross and qualifying as a trainer with DogFit, people are always asking my advice about running with dogs so I thought I would try to condense it all into an article, which hopefully you find helpful. What is canicross? Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs. In canicross, dogs wear … Continue reading Running with your dog
One of the things I hear from clients time and time again is that having a running coach has helped them with accountability to put the training in to achieve their goals. Most people who come to me for help want guidance on how best to train for a particular event, but mostly they want … Continue reading How can a running coach help you?
I often hear runners asking others to point them in the direction of a ‘good’ training plan. I always advise caution when using generic plans, or a plan written for somebody else, because every person is an individual and therefore what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. As a running coach, … Continue reading How do you find the right training plan for you?
I am lucky to be part of a support network of some amazing women, who I work and train with, so I thought, on International Women's Day, I would celebrate some of the women who have had a positive impact on my life over the last year or so. During lockdown, not much changed for … Continue reading International Women’s Day – celebrating the strong, active women that I know
As runners, we all know that building strength training into our schedules help make our bodies stronger, to prevent injury. But what form should that strength training take, and how can it help you become a better runner? Over the past two months, since the beginning of the year, I have scheduled four strength training … Continue reading How strength training is helping me become a better runner
If you're looking to improve your 5k time, it can often be confusing about how best to do this. Should you run more? Should you increase the distance of your runs? How many fast sessions should you include? Over the summer, I've been helping our Run Things Run Club members to improve their 5k times … Continue reading 8 weeks to a faster 5k
Running hurts sometimes Age 12, I was volunteered by my class to run the 800m at sports day. I was never an athletic child, and the thought of running around a track, with the entire school watching, filled me with dread. I was so worked up about it, that when I went to the track … Continue reading What running has taught me
I have been lucky enough to have been a Runderwear ambassador for the past year, and Runderwear have kindly sent me lots of kit to try out so I thought I would share my favourite pieces of kit and explain why I like them so much. I have been using Runderwear products for around 3 … Continue reading Runderwear Review
Following the decisions this week of many major spring marathons to postpone until the autumn, how can you best structure your training now to maintain the strong endurance base you have built up? #ukrunchat
I went on a mini adventure last week. I jogged down the hill to our local railway station, caught the 09:36 train to Preston, and ran the Preston Guildwheel 21 mile cycling route encircling Preston, before catching the train back home again. At the start/finish point in Avenham Park I’ve been wanting to try the … Continue reading The Preston Guildwheel