The emotional impact of sugar as running fuel

Do you ever feel yourself hitting an energy wall just over an hour into an exercise session? Running experts advise taking onboard some kind of fuel if you’re going to run for over 75 minutes. I’m generally terrible at doing this, but I realise I’m going to have to experiment with some kind of running fuel before the London Marathon. When I ran the Ultra Marathon, I was happy eating things like wraps and chocolate bars because it was such a long, slow run. But a marathon is different. So last time I went for a run, I needed to…

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My dog doesn’t want to join your running club

Who doesn’t want to join their friendly local running club? Getting together for a social once a week, chatting to likeminded folk, burning a few calories and sinking a pint in the pub afterwards. What could be better? Well, here are a few things for starters. Don’t be rude Occasionally, I run past a running club group who move to one side of the pavement. If that’s you, thank you. I really appreciate it.  Because the norm is to carry on running two abreast, forcing me off the pavement and onto the road. When there’s one or two of you,…

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Premier League Writing Stars opportunities for children

This is a collaborative post. At primary schools around the country right now, children are frantically writing poetry. It might not be what you’d imagine primary school children to be doing in the run-up to Christmas. However, tomorrow is the deadline for entries to the Premier League Writing Stars competition. So right now, it’s every child for themselves.  Premier League Writing Stars visit a local school As part of the Premier League Writing Stars competition, players and other celebrities are getting involved. Some are judges, others have written their own poems. Even more excitingly, some have been visiting children in…

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10 tips to avoid getting bloated this Christmas

This is a collaborative post.  One of the best things about Christmas is eating delicious food and treating yourself to a little of what you enjoy to drink. But we all know that by boxing day, we’ll be feeling bloated and sluggish. Every year, the festive preparations seem to begin earlier. Temptations aplenty encourage us to eat more carbs, fats, proteins and sugars and we start to feel uncomfortable. But Beth Morris, a Clinical Nutritionist from Biocare, has some tips to help you enjoy some festive fun whilst looking after your digestive system. 1. Understand bloating Bloating is caused by…

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A Winter immune boost with BioCare

This is a collaborative post. Do you find that a certain time of year seems to bring illness whatever you do? For us, it’s usually September and November. As soon as the children go back to school, there are new bugs going around so it’s important to make sure our immune systems are as strong as possible. Winter immune boost Staying hydrated, wrapping up warm and getting enough sleep are all thought to help your immune system. Personally, I swear by open water swimming. But there are other ways to give you a boost too, including ensuring you get the…

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