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Two top positive mindset tricks to improve your training and racing

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How mantras & visualisation can help you be your best Visualising a goal time Visualise your dream time as you cross the line at your event. It doesn’t need to be ‘good’ by anyone else’s standards, it just needs to be meaningful for you. Maybe you’d like a post injury comeback time, or a new[…]

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How to get into the London Marathon

How to get into the London Marathon, 10 ways to get in

How to get into the London Marathon London Marathon – ways to get in How to get into the London Marathon – summary & intro I’ve run over 50 marathons, including around 20 Londons, so I’m often asked how to get in. SummaryThere’s more than one way to get into the London Marathon. Here are[…]

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Autumn Training Tips

Conker your goals: What squirrels can teach us about autumn training   AUTUMN TRAINING Seasonal scenery (& scampering squirrels) Autumn is a fantastic time of year to run or cycle outside.  If you don’t live near a park or any trails, it’s a perfect time to visit some.  In contrast to our high tech world[…]

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How to get motivated

Motivation’s a big deal.  It’s one of the things I’m asked about most.  It seems to come naturally to some people.  To others, I look like someone who finds it easy.  But in reality I’ve just thought hard about what works for me, and worked to put that in place.  Here I break it down[…]

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How to make time to train

How to make time to train

Most of us are time-poor.  Family, work, friends, home; it can be a challenge just fitting the basics in, let alone training.  We often wonder how much better we’d be in our sport if only we had more time to train.  It’s also common to assume everyone else has more time available. In reality, we[…]

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4 Steps to Spring Marathon Prep

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Spring. A time of daffodils and lambs for most people. But for many runners, the blossom and the lighter mornings signal that Spring marathons are approaching. Even with a few weeks to go, there’s lots you can do to get yourself fully prepped, from your kit, to your race strategies. Here’s 4 steps how to[…]

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5 Reasons to Race

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Racing doesn’t mean you have to be a competitive person. You can race for many reasons. Racing is hard but the rewards are worth it. Running, triathlon or cycling, here’s 5 reasons why you should race. 1. The competition is up to you For most of us, unless we’re elite, it’s unlikely we’ll win our[…]

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How to train through winter: 10 tips & tricks to keep your motivation high

Let’s face it, when it’s cold, or cold and raining, cold and snowing, and dark, we just don’t feel as motivated to train. It’s harder to put on your trainers and your kit inside in the warm, to then have to launch yourself into the harsh conditions. In the UK and Northern Hemisphere there are[…]

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Motivation and Inspiration: the chicken/ egg Venn diagram

Most of us want to be motivated, and most of us love to be inspired. But are they different, and do we need them both to get out and run? Do you feel any different when you say you’re motivated, to when you say you’re inspired? Or do you use them as two words for[…]

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Three Tough Truths About Running

Running is easy right? One foot in front of another.  Get fitter.  Build up the distance.  While out running, you see a poster of women smiling and laughing, advertising a running event, and decide to enter a 5k.  Run the 5k.  Awesome.  Time for the first tough truth – you’re now a runner! We all[…]

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Race Prediction: how fast should you run?

Predict how fast to run a race

Race Prediction – how fast should you run? We’ve done it, we’re committed. We’ve signed up for a race. Handed over cash, told friends and family. Asked for sponsorship. It’s definitely happening! The question you’ll be asked most often, (by others, and you will ask yourself too), is: “what time do you want to get?”[…]

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How to learn from training mistakes – without making any

Positive progress So we’ve “Got Honest & Got On It” to set our goals.  Go us!  We decided what we really wanted to achieve [insert your personal goal that you’re really motivated by, here].  We’re excited and giving it a go.   Annoyingly it’s so easy to get carried away in early enthusiasm, overdo it and[…]

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Get Honest & Get On It! The Recipe for Sporting Resolutions

How to make sporting resolutions

How to set goals If you want to set and achieve a sporting goal (or even any goal), I’ve got some tried, tested, sweated tips for you, gleaned from a large amount of trial, a good dollop of error and some sprinklings of success. Get honest The first and key step is to be super[…]