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Easy start running plan – Run for 30 minutes in just 10 weeks

April 30, 2019

This is the running plan I used after giving up smoking. Although it looks easy I found that I was getting breathless quite quickly. The trick is to start slowly, stick to the plan and keep at it. If you have a break don’t give up, just go back a stage or two and you’ll […]

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Elastic tendons let ostriches run faster using less calories

April 30, 2019

Runners are about to suffer from a new condition. Ostrich Envy is likely to spread now a study just published has found why ostriches burn less calories than humans while running.

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Marathon running calculator shows how to avoid the wall

May 2, 2019

Harvard Med Student, Benjamin Rapoport, has proposed a Marathon Formula to predict calories required for your race pace.

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Running after a break

May 24, 2018

Once again I’ve returned to running after a long break. This time regular running was interrupted by a couple of months of feeling run down followed by a trip to hospital with severe chest pain and a suspected pulmonary embolism.

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Running without a watch

May 24, 2018

A couple of months ago the battery died on my cheap, old stopwatch. I went to use the HRM instead and found that dead too. So I went for an easy run without a watch and it felt really strange, like something was missing.

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My aerobic fitness is kept in a leaky bucket

February 8, 2019

My lack of aerobic fitness was a real shock when I went for the first run after a couple of months break due to illness. My progress and been OK up to that point and I’d enjoyed including anaerobic exercise in the form of running intervals and gym work, which seemed to really help my […]

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Midwinter Motivation

May 24, 2018

While many people start running as a New Years resolution Beth Risdon explains how the Winter Solstice is an ideal time to set running goals for the New Year. She also points out that Northern Hemisphere runners can now look forward to longer daylight hours!

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Runners itch relief

May 24, 2018

It may be embarrassing, but how many runners haven’t suffered from a touch of monkey butt now and again? Even if you managed to escape that then you’ve probably endured the irritation of running induced chaffing or sweat rash.

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Adidas Supernova Sequence in use

May 24, 2018

After a couple of months and a few miles I’m happy with a pair of Adidas Supernova Sequence. They’re quite a narrow fit which suit my feet and wore in nicely after a week or two. Although the firmness under the arch was a bit strange at first it seems to have softened up now […]

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Middle age men live longer when they exercise

May 24, 2018

Now that’s not only good news but a useful motivator on those days I just can’t get going. According to a study from Uppsala University published in the BMJ, men in their 50’s who increase their amount of exercise live up to 2.5 years longer than those that remain sedentary.

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Brooks Infinity 2 or Adidas Supernova Sequence ?

May 24, 2018

It’s been a while since I bought a pair of running shoes so I was looking forward to seeing what was new for overpronators. As I’ve been happy with a hefty pair of Brooks motion control shoes for some time now, their latest models were top of my list to try out.

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