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Gasping at parkrun

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I stopped breathing at parkrun last weekend. Nothing too dramatic, and no paramedics were called but I did go red and gasp a bit. It was an entirely orchestrated warm up technique that follows my latest obsession with breath holding or apnea training for running performance. This particular warmup consisted of me walking as many [...]

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Run Slow to Run Faster – The Maffetone Method

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It's not good for the ego to be outrun by a dog walker but that is the short-term risk of adopting The Maffetone Method. This weekend I was "running" behind a dog walker for at least 20 minutes, running within yards of him before my heart rate monitor beeped at me and I had to [...]

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A Metronomic Start to Janathon

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This is the first Janathon where I haven't logged a run within minutes of the midnight chimes. I did plan to, I had my kit laid out next to the bubbly but when push came to shove my cold and a deep sleep overcame me and I retired to bed instead. A truly wild and rocking [...]

Janathon Running Technique

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How to Tape Your Feet for Blister Prevention

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I've had some great results from pre-taping my feet prior to long hikes and can now walk around 40 miles, confident that I won't get blisters. Even on this year's London2Brighton challenge where the weather conditions were appalling and I ended up wearing two pairs of unfamiliar shoes, I managed 57km feeling physically broken but [...]

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A Stretch Challenge for Day 4 and 6

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I have overuse niggles from the waist downwards. Tender spot on my hip, tight hamstrings and a couple of shin splints for good measure. I basically haven't yet recovered from my very long walk almost 2 weeks ago. It's been quite fortuitous that while I'm in need of some rehab, James Dunne of Kinetic Revolution [...]

Juneathon Technique

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How to make a Cool Impossible Slant Board

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This blog post shows you how to build your own slant board so you can follow the core strength routine featured in Eric Orton's new book, The Cool Impossible. Eric is the coach from Born to Run, so he knows a thing or two about running efficiency and injury proofing the body. He uses the [...]

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Practically a Proper Runner

Two years after starting the course at the Running School, I am finally in a position to share the results. I had my last session on Monday and while I expected to nip in, take a quick video and escape, I was actually taken through a gruelling interval session honing my posture while sprinting up [...]

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Return to Running School

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Just over 18 months ago I enrolled myself on a crash course at The Running School determined to overhaul my running style and evolve into an efficient, faster, pain free runner. Back in the summer of 2011 I was racked with plantar fasciitis pain and experimenting with barefoot running as a potential cure all for [...]

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Learning to Run

It's my bithday soon and for a gift my mum wanted to send me off for dancing lessons - she's worried I'm going to embarass her with the first dance at the wedding. I managed to persuade her that I was beyond redemption, wouldn't be attempting anything beyond a pitiful shuffle and that I'd get [...]

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If the Knee Hurts

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It feels as though I've done a lot of whingeing over the last 3 months. I've gone from chest infection to pulled calves to meniscal tears and it's beginning to sound like I'm manufacturing my own get out of the London Marathon free card. It was rather convenient then that Craig Carroll contacted me last [...]

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