Running With The Kenyans – Adhanand Finn

“Running With The Kenyans” came well recommended to me, from some of the members of the running group I previously formed. A few = who introduced me to “Born To Run” told me I should give it a go & read it next. So I did.   It’s a great escape. A nice tail of…

Beat A Plateau Mentally

  A few weeks back, my friend confessed to feeling a bit jaded. He had been trying to skip the run for days, but I wasn’t letting him off easily. He was a bit concerned, he had never felt this way before. But I had. It was normal. I reassured him. Most runners have felt…

There Is No ‘One True Way’

We all want to be healthy. We all want to live happier & for longer. But we all want it now & for it to be easy. We all want to know the secret for success. But if there was one true way to achieving your goals, don’t you think it would be set in…

Speed Work Improves Long Distance Running

Controlled pace is the general rule for runners. The vast majority of training plans cover 80-90% easy steady runs at this non-taxing or conversational pace. That’s fine, but remember these plans are built for people training for the distance for the first time more often than not. If you’ve already covered the miles or are…

Snap & Tap: Explosive Power & Efficient Form

Short & simple, but very sweet. Looking for a move you can throw into your training to improve running, explosiveness, power & co-ordination in any sport? This one’s for you.   The workout, as simple as it is, will build explosive power into your legs, build those fast-twitch muscle fibres & improve your co-ordination/stability. Win-win. It…

Comparing “Born To Run” & “Eat & Run”

You’ve probably seen, I’ve now read “Eat & Run” by Scott Jurek, following on from reading & loving “Born To Run” by Christopher McDougall. You can read both of the initial reviews separately. But since people have asked me how they compare & which they should read first, I thought it was a good idea…

Eat & Run – Scott Jurek

I recently finished reading Born To Run by Christopher McDougall, after it was well recommended from many people in the running community. I found a new passion. I realised that reading could be as much as an escape for me, as running, cycling & snowboarding could be. It was great. I loved it & it…

Born To Run – Christopher McDougall

This book is a great read. For runners & non runners alike. It had me gripped cover-to-cover. It was the first non-academic book I’ve read since I left school & I loved it that much, I’ve been inspired to go back for me. Reading has become something of a hobby for me now. This book opened…

Polarised Training: Boost Your Performance

Most runners will have used, seen or at least heard of easier & harder runs for a training plan. But few will have heard of polarised training, know what it is & what it can offer their running.   What is it? Put simply, polarised training is just strictly regimenting your training sessions to intensities…

The Power Of Watermelon

There’s a £2.4 bn health & fitness industry out there, selling everything from powders to pills & protein bars. All promising to take your performance to the next level. 9 times out of 10 they deliver far less than promised & often there is a far cheaper, healthier & easier natural alternative. We all know…

How To Love Running Long

The long run. Runner’s love/hate relationship. We love the sense of accomplishment when it’s over, we’ve pushed as far as we can & gone further than last time. But, we dread getting out there to get it done & often we don’t feel ready to set aside the time we need for it. But there…

Running: Recognition & Reward

While running should be more than just PB-chasing [so you can continue to enjoy it]. Setting yourself goals is a must, as they help to keep you motivated on your running & improving your performance, health & enjoyment. Recognising any & all achievements, then celebrating them is an ever bigger must. Self-reward is a great…