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
I love to analyse my race photos because they reveal a lot about where we need to make improvements in our form, particularly when race photographers capture us in a fatigued state, usually at the end of a race or at the top of a hill. I was looking at some photos of me at … Continue reading What can we learn from a race photo about our running form?
The only goal I originally set out to achieve this year was to #Run1000Miles, which seems incredible looking back at what I've subsequently managed to achieve this year. I had subscribed to Trail Running Magazine at the end of last year, having achieved my 2016 goal of breaking a sub-50 10k, so the new challenge … Continue reading Passing the finish post of #Run1000Miles
If you're thinking of tackling your first ultra soon, the most important thing to remember about ultras is that it's going to take you a long time to recover. Longer than you think. This may seem like a glib statement. You're embarking on an epic distance; of course it's going to take a while to recover … Continue reading The road to recovery. (The bit after an ultramarathon that nobody tells you about)
I had been looking forward to the race ALL year. I had been eyeing it up for a couple of years and liked the concept of a timed stage race, but I had never got around to entering it. In fact, this year I had already entered a local 10 miler on the same day, … Continue reading Round Sheffield Run
As a keen runner, and a running coach, I LIVE in my running kit with my Lycra on a constant cycle through run, wash, dry, run, wash, dry, so I am always on the lookout for great, comfortable kit that does a good job. Shock Absorber is up there with the top sports bra brands, … Continue reading Why run when you can fly? Review: Shock Absorber’s Ultimate Fly Bra
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that I am an avid parkrun tourist currently totalling 32 different events. You can read my blog about why I love parkrun tourism here, but I also thought other tourists may like to read my own very personal guide to the events I have … Continue reading My pocket guide to parkruns
A wise man once said, "You will never be able to escape your heart, so it is better to listen to what it has to say." (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist) Which is why, in a little over 3 weeks time, I'll be in a field somewhere in the Chiltern hills ready to put one foot … Continue reading Be brave, take risks: why I’m racing 100km to the stones
It was with a heavy heart today that I tendered my resignation as chair of my running club. This is a club I have put my heart and soul into over the past 7 years to nurture it from an idea, into the established club it is today. I have lived and breathed it every … Continue reading The winds of change