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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With exactly 16 weeks before the Milton Keynes Marathon, which I have recently signed up to as my first challenge for 2013, I attended a workshop last weekend at Crystal Palace in London called “Master the Marathon”.  The whole day event was hosted by Sam Murphy who is a renowned running coach, fitness author and journalist. I have already acquired some knowledge about Marathon running through reading books and articles in magazines, in fact, I have even run one last year! However, I felt that I needed a better understanding of the key principles behind successful preparation and execution, in…

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At the start of another new year, I want to bring some fresh elements into my own training. First of all, I (still) do not have an unlimited amount of time to train, therefore I am looking for the best return on the time I CAN invest into working out. Having learnt from my sports injuries to date, I would like to focus on quality and variety, rather than quantity of exercising. Most of my injuries were caused by overtraining and not preparing my body properly for the challenges ahead. HIIT seems to be the answer for some of the things I am looking to…

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