So here we go again, summer is way over and the world is dressing into bronze and golden colours to salute the arrival of the new season. Autumn is not only my favourite season (the only thing I resent is much less daylight) but also the beginning of the cross country race era. So I say bring on the mud, foresty trails and the kiss of the morning chill on our cheeks! After completing the Up Tow, Down Flow half marathon with Bori in the summer, we embarked on a new challenge – a local 10 mile village race between Marlow and…

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As soon as the euphoria of completing the Milton Keynes marathon wore off, I turned my attention to the next challenge. It was without question it had to be another half marathon and that it had to be a scenic route in the countryside. The ‘Up Tow, Down Flow’ half marathon by Purple Patch seemed to be the perfect choice and at the perfect time, exactly 12 weeks from earning my marathon finishers’ medal. I decided to follow a plan which I found in the Runners World magazine, going for a target time of 1:40 – 1:45, which seemed to be an…

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Two days ago I successfully completed my second-ever full marathon, on a hot spring bank holiday Monday in Milton Keynes. Even though the adrenalin has worn off by now and all that is left as a reminder are my very sore muscles, I am still feeling on a high, as if I had been drugged. Marathon running does have rather pleasant side-effects, too. In this blog entry, I am looking to capture some key moments and share some learnings… The first thing I want to point out is that purely just getting there felt like I had accomplished half of my mission…

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I love running because it is sometimes the only time I can be alone and have the space to ponder important matters or just completely switch off, giving my brain an escape from the grindstone. When I run, I experience a unique sense of freedom, inner calmness and oneness with my surroundings that I cannot find anywhere else. As a result, I find that running invigorates me, helps me overcome emotional stress and awakens my creative side in my thinking. Until this year, I looked at my running as purely a solo activity. I was convinced that joining a club…

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The saying “Use it or Lose It” is nowhere as relevant as with muscles. For our overall fitness and good health, we are advised to exercise the major muscle groups. When it comes to running, we employ the same set of muscles over and over again due to the repetitive nature of this activity, resulting in neglecting other muscle groups in the body. Many runners think that they do not need to work their lower body for example, because running works the legs. In reality, though, during running legs are trained for endurance rather than strength. Strength training will help…

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