Since I started running, I have learnt that unfortunately, injuries are inevitable when you run a lot and you run frequently. PERIOD. The thing with injuries is that they can not only impact us physically, but also mentally. Take my ability to run away, and my mental anguish is just as painful as the injury that set me back. This is because for many of us, running is more than just a ‘way of getting fit’, it is a ‘way of life’. Coming out ‘on the bright side’ from an injury is just as important as the physical rehabilitation (cross-training…

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The 1,000 Rep Challenge is one of my go-to workouts to track my progress and to measure my levels of fitness. I do this workout once a month in my gym, using the same weights to see if I can get any closer to reaching 1,000 reps in total, or at least attempt to beat my previous number of reps. Quite frankly, I have never met anyone who got a 1,000 reps in the end, but I usually manage over 900 reps which gives me hope that one day I can get there! What is the 1,000 Rep Challenge The circuit…

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I have set myself the challenge to complete 12 half marathons in 12 months. I ticked off my first one last month, at Hampton Court, and I was really looking forward to my next one in March. The Ridge Off Roader Half Marathon is a new race in my area, which was organised by a local primary school to raise funds for their charity, the Bledlow Ridge School Association. This race turned out to be a slightly different kind of beast to tackle in every respect, as you will soon find out! Let me just say it upfront that this…

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With Lent here, we all know that by tradition, it is the season for giving things up and setting new health and fitness goals for Spring. Whether doing it for religious reasons or not, it is a popular time to give up those ‘naughty foods’, usually with an Easter or summer holiday in mind which are not too far round the corner at all. Dropping chocolate is apparently the most popular Lent goal. Whatever your Lent goal is, the question is: could you be doing more harm than good with how you look at your goals? Outcome Goals and Action Goals Most people will have some…

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Running is meant to be simple, right? It seems that long gone are the days when people literally just laced up their shoes and got out there. There always seems to be a new ‘must have’ piece of gear, gadget or accessory to support our training and our quests for that elusive new PB in the next race. When Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens, it is unlikely that he was wearing a T-shirt made from special moisture managing material or a sports watch on his wrist to keep him on pace for a negative split. The only piece of high…

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