Best Running GPS Watches for 2018

Looking to pick out a new GPS watch to track your running?   Here’s my run-down of some of the best running GPS options as of early 2018. Having a GPS watch is an awesome way of tracking your run.  As you’re running, you can instantly see information about your run –...

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What You Need To Bring To A Marathon

Remembering everything to take with you on the day of your marathon can be a tough task.   In between the nerves and the last-minute checks, it is easy to overlook a part of your marathon gear. This post is all about everything you either need for a marathon or should...

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Why Marathon Pace Is So Important

Running the right pace in a marathon is critical to a successful finish.   But so many people get marathon pacing all wrong - they don't have a plan, they go out too fast and they crash and burn.   Here, I unfold the reasons why your marathon pace is so important, and...

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How To Choose Running Shorts

Running shorts.  Every runner needs a pair, and while you can usually get away with any old pair of shorts when you start out, once you start doing long distance runs it's a good idea to invest in a dedicated pair of running shorts. This article looks are what to...

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7 Great Audiobooks For Runners (And How To Get 2 Free)

I find that running is a great way to read more books on the move. Reading is one of my favourite past-times - along with running - but I sometimes struggle to find the time to sit down and focus on a good book.   So instead, I load up my iPhone or old iPod with...

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Distance Running Foot Care

Foot care is a subject all distance runners should know about, preferably before they suffer from foot problems!  No matter how well you’ve prepared and conditioned your feet prior to your run, you can’t predict what’s going to happen when you’re out on the trails....

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My Pre-Race Checklist – The Week Before The Race

In the run up to a running event, its easy to get caught up in the excitement and overlook something critical. Whether you're running a 10km or a 100km, your first race or your 50th, having a to-do list can help give your preparation some structure, and help you relax...

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Introducing: The Half Marathon E-Coaching Online Course

Are you looking for a comprehensive online course to help you meet your half marathon goals?  We've introduced an E-coaching course that takes you through your half marathon training step-by-step, offering access to running experts and a big support network.   Having...

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What You Need To Bring To A Marathon

Remembering everything to take with you on the day of your marathon can be a tough task.   In between the nerves and the last-minute checks, it is easy to overlook a part of your marathon gear. This post is all about everything you either need for a marathon or should...

read more

Why Marathon Pace Is So Important

Running the right pace in a marathon is critical to a successful finish.   But so many people get marathon pacing all wrong - they don't have a plan, they go out too fast and they crash and burn.   Here, I unfold the reasons why your marathon pace is so important, and...

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The Post-Marathon Blues

Completing a big challenge such as a marathon is a huge accomplishment, but can often be followed by a feeling a bit low.  Let’s look at what causes the Post-Marathon Blues, and what active steps you can take to avoid them affecting you too much after your big day....

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Ultramarathon Preparation: Researching Your Race

Besides training, a large part of your ultramarathon preparation should involve researching your race well beforehand.  This is especially true if you're travelling to an exotic location to run an ultra. You want to know exactly what you're going to face during your...

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Hydration and Salt Levels For Runners – Explained

Hydration for runners levels explained here!  Keeping yourself hydrated is important during long runs, but that doesn’t mean you should just drink as much water as you can.  There's an appropriate amount to drink - not too little, not too much.   Salt balance is also...

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How I Ran My First 100km – Race To The Stones

How I made the jump from 42km to 100km in a single event - Race To The Stones - with no specific training, and finished in under 12 hours . . . Last July, I ran my first 100km ultra-marathon - Race To The Stones, along the Ridgeway in South England.  Despite not...

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The Stage Race Handbook

The Stage Race Handbook is my all-new book: it is a comprehensive guide on how to train, prepare for and complete multi-day races like the 4 Deserts series and Marathon des Sables. I've spent months writing it and putting it all together, and had help from a group of...

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Stage Race Equipment Lists

Having a good equipment list is a key part of stage race preparation, whether you are running a self-supported race like MdS or one of the 4 Deserts races, or a supported one such as the Global Limits races. I find that by far the best way to track my equipment when...

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How To Choose a Stage Race Backpack

One of the biggest challenges of a stage race is getting the right backpack.   Here I explore what your criteria should be, how to test a good backpack and give some recommendations based on experience. A stage race is a race over two or more days, and they are...

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