The memories of my visit to Hungary and the great time I ran at the Budapest half have kept me going for the past couple of weeks. I can’t say these have been happy weeks at work. We entered a very tough period whereby my stress levels have gone out of the roof and I find myself working lots of evenings at home and a couple of hours at the weekends to stay afloat somehow. It is just the worst time of the year when everything seems to be happening at the same time for HR, and this is especially…

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The reason the half marathon has become my favourite distance is because it is a two-fold challenge: the distance needs to be conquered (it is long enough so that there is always a degree of unpredicatbility how things will play out no matter what you put in) and then there is the challenge of dictating a not so convenient pace for nearly two hours, which is quite taxing aerobically. It is a distance that a lot of people can conquer but only a few can run really well. Mo Farah has come an all-time close to running the Great North…

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Time for a new post! I have been experiencing some really good improvements in my running and just wanted to dedicate this post to reflect on some of the things I believe have supercharged my training. I feel like I have been reborn and am not the same person as a year ago. I have never felt more confident and closer to achieving my long coveted goals. I hope this post will help some people who are looking for some inspiration. So what is different? I believe the following ingredients have boosted my recipe for success:- 1. I drink much more…

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I meant to write a separate blog post for each one of the above races I did this May, but I could not find the time. All in all, I think it is better this way as I now have a greater perspective to look back on the whole month which turned out to be one of the best months’ I have had so far as far as racing is concerned. Regents Park 10k Having renewed my confidence at the Richmond Half  Marathon in March, I embarked on my next challenge aka a 10k run in Regents Park. This 10k in May was actually…

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Like the majority of runners, I like to analyse my race performance to establish how well I have done. In the past I have drawn on a variety of methods to decide whether I can give myself a congratulatory pat on my shoulder or whether I had better hide and train more. Some of these methods included for example comparing myself to certain individual’s race results, comparing myself to my own performance at previous events, checking whether I was in the top half/third etc. of the total number of finishers or just having an ideal target time in my head that I…

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