UltraMarathon Video Diary #2

The third week of training. It helps if you look at the training plan! Target mileage achieved but only just.

NEW: Ultra Marathon Training Video Diary #1

Still fairly new to the marathon running thing (only two events run ever although I started running 15 years ago) this year I entered an ultra distance event (54km about 34 miles). With Covid-19 restrictions in place it’s been postponed from July to late September 2020 and hopeful that as a relatively small event it…

Using Blocks in Yoga

Following a recent Instagram post (via @rhianwenbeintpt)about focusing on quality of movement even if that means reducing intensity I thought I’d share what that might look like with your yoga practice. Here are a couple of key poses that can benefit from the use of blocks to help find more ‘space’ and potentially therefore more…

Movement Quality Matters

How often do you spend time thinking about or working on the quality of your movement? Do you ever choose a different option for an exercise to be able to do it really well or hustle through perhaps sacrificing quality for intensity?⠀⠀There are often choices to be made between intensity and quality of movement but…

Coping With Workouts That Suck…

⠀Some workouts just. feel. hard. Maybe because of soreness, tiredness, or low motivation or a combination of ‘meh’ that makes the whole thing a struggle from start to finish. ⠀⠀On those days it is totally ok to slow the pace down or reduce the load and check in. ⠀⠀If you exercise regularly it’s possible your…

Fuelling Long Runs

One of my current goals goals is to improve fuelling and to practice taking in energy during long runs. This is important in endurance events (over an hour) and especially so for over half marathon distance as otherwise the body will become depleted which just makes the whole thing feel even harder. ⠀⠀Typically I would…

2020 Goal Reset: Ultra Marathon Plans

The Maverick Race Ultra Peaks event I was signed up for in July – would have been my first attempt at running an Ultra marathon – has officially been rescheduled to September. Assuming it will be able to go ahead I would like to be able to run it then rather than defer to next…

Deadlifts

Why runners (and everyone) should learn to love them. Talking through a few thoughts about the benefits of including deadlifts in your training. Plus, basics of how to do them and a couple of variations to try.

How Relaxed Are You When You Run?

Something to think about next time your out for a run. When it starts to get harder do you tense up? That tension in the body can mean we end up using more effort than we need to. Take a moment to breathe and try relaxing muscles in the jaw, neck, shoulders, shake out the…