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
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
I've been making a real effort lately to step back from my time goals and just enjoy running. When running is your day job as well as the thing you do for fun, it's easy to get too wrapped up in it, and I found I was getting a little obsessed over speed, and when … Continue reading Why running should never be painful
Fell running, sometimes known as hill running, but not to be confused with mountain running, is the sport of running and racing, off road, over upland country where the gradient climbed is a significant component of the difficulty. Since moving to the edge of the West Pennine Moors last autumn, fell racing has been on … Continue reading Fell-racing – falling with style
December is always a time for reflection, so I sat down today to write a blog post about my year, but was stumped as to how to sum up a year where I've achieved so much without a plan, without sounding like a hypocrite. As a running coach, my business thrives on setting goals, making … Continue reading What running has taught me about myself
Are you a regular runner who has been struggling to get quicker lately? Are you feeling like you've plateaued? Do you have heavy legs when you head out for your usual run? Lost your mojo? We all go through this. Normally for me, it's a week or so after a marathon or an ultra, when … Continue reading Why you might need to slow down to speed up
One of the questions I get asked most often is what it's like to be a running coach; I mean, what do I do all day?What I've come to realise over the last year of launching my own business is that this career is a bigger responsibility than I ever initially considered. Clients put their … Continue reading What does a running coach do?
As a running coach, I never encourage my athletes to run every day as I do believe in the value of a rest day. However, many runners take pride in very long runstreaks, and throughout the year, you see various challenges encouraging you to run every day, usually for a month at a time. Short … Continue reading Tips to make #runeveryday a success