It is exactly a week ago that I stared right into the eyes of my nemesis at the starting line of the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon. Scrolling back to 2015, exactly year ago, I had the most disastrous run to date, at this very same event. Instead of collecting the finishers’medal in 2015, I had to pull out after only a couple of km’s due to my ITB playing up, and limp back to the race village, leaving behind a group of friends who were also racing that day. I felt especially frustrated because at that time, I had barely just recovered from another injury, impacting…

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I was very much looking forward to doing this race to test out my new training formula: Clean eating and good hydration + reduced and carefully monitored weekly mileage + functional cross training + regular physio prehab routine (stretches and flexibility work, foamrolling, glute strengthening) + good quality recovery =  RACE READY BODY In training for this half marathon, I never went further than 16km – for fear of breaking down last minute and I also did not see the point of running the full distance in training when the last 5km in any races can be run on adrenaline and sheer gut.…

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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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I have done the Reading half marathon twice in a row already, so this year I was looking to do a different spring opener race. I wanted to do something relatively local, scenic and almost completely flat around late-March time. The Richmond Half marathon sponsored by Salomon seemed to be the perfect choice and it indeed did not disappoint! The race started at 9am (which counts as early – most Sunday races normally do not start until 10am) so the best way to get to the venue for those who come from outside London is by car, as it is quite unlikely anyone…

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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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