How To Choose Running Sunglasses

Thinking about wearing sunglasses when you go for a run?  If you're going out in bright conditions, then it's always best to wear eye protection.     Running-specific sunglasses can cost over $200.  The good news is that you don’t always have to buy these, and you may...

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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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Gaiters for Runners

Gaiters are designed to prevent sand, dirt and other debris from entering your shoe.  They fix onto your shoes and come in a few different designs.    Gaiters are certainly not required for every type of  race - however, if you are venturing into the desert (Marathon...

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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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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.  ...

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12 Tips For Your Half Marathon Preparation

Here’s my bullet list of 12 half marathon tips - the important things to remember before your half marathon. Regardless of whether it’s your first or your 50th race, it never hurts to run through the checklist below and make sure you’ve...

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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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The Sub 4 hr Marathon : Essential Guide + Training Plan

In this post, I look at how to train and pace yourself in order to guarantee a sub four hour finishing time. It requires a good base level of fitness and an extensive training plan (I’ve included one here) – but in the end, a sub 4 hr marathon comes down...

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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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Run The Rann 101km – Race Report

Run The Rann is a series of trail races taking part over a weekend in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India.  There are 21km, 42km, 101km and 161km events and the race could probably be more aptly described as ‘adventure racing’ rather than trails  - throughout the epic...

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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...

read more

Gaiters for Runners

Gaiters are designed to prevent sand, dirt and other debris from entering your shoe.  They fix onto your shoes and come in a few different designs.    Gaiters are certainly not required for every type of  race - however, if you are venturing into the desert (Marathon...

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