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Why I run every day

Many of us have a love-hate relationship with running. We all know the health benefits of exercise and going out for a run is cheap, easy and quick. Races from 5k to ultra marathons are hugely popular and offer an almost unrivalled, euphoric sense of achievement. Yet finding the motivation to lace up your trainers and get out of the door is tough. I’ve always motivated myself by entering events and telling myself that I’d have to train for them. Whilst it made me run relatively regularly, I would often go through stages of not running at all, especially after…

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Training for a postponed marathon

For many runners, the past week has been full of disappointment. Races all over the world have been postponed or cancelled, including both the London Marathon and Brighton Marathon. London has been postponed to 4th October and Brighton is now taking place on 20th September. When a race is postponed, training has to go on but with a different date in mind. I’ve done some research and settled on a plan of action for training for a postponed marathon. My marathon journey Brighton won’t be my first marathon, but it might be my last. I’ve done London twice and ran…

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Christmas gifts for mums who run

When you enter the London Marathon ballot, you don’t find out that you’ve got a place until October. At that point, you are plunged into six months of Winter training. It’s tough, and it’s all-consuming. So, if you know a runner who will be training through the Winter for any reason, here are a few Christmas gift suggestions they will love. Running clothing The Poppy Shop Running Leggings: Last year I highlighted how the Poppy Shop supports the work of the Royal British Legion all year round, not just on Remembrance Day. This year, they’ve introduced a gorgeous range of camouflage fitness…

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10 tips for running in hot weather

On Sunday, I embarked on a bit of a mega run. It was nothing like the distance I did last year in the Gower ultra, but it was the furthest I’d run in a long time. Seventeen and a half miles to be precise. And it was hot. So before I went, I did a bit of research to find out the best way to tackle distance running in the heat. Here are my top tips. 1. Do it This is the big one for me. If I hadn’t made an arrangement to run, I wouldn’t have gone when I realised…

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10 things you need to know about parkrun

At 9 o’clock on Saturday morning, my four year old daughter and I lined up on a start line in a local park with hundreds of other people. She was bouncing around, excited to be running in a race. There were people with dogs (sorry Bubbles, not this time), elderly joggers, walkers, children and elite runners. And the same scene played out in parks across the country. In fact these days, there are parks around the world where you can turn up at 9 am and run, jog or walk 5K. If this sounds good to you, here are a few more…

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