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Advice – The Importance of Tapering

Many of us would have heard people talk about the need to taper before a race but what does this actually mean? How do you do it? Tapering is the process of easing off the training workload before a race or competition. The question is, how much should you do and why should you actually do it anyway? At Start Fitness we want to give you a quick rundown of the benefits and importance of tapering. It seems common sense that if an athlete has been training hard over a period of time then before a targeted race they must ease off. Generally the amount that you ease off will depend on the individual and it may be a case of ‘trial and error’ but let us look at three different kinds of tapering – complete rest, slightly easing off and a massively reduced workload. Complete rest Re [...]

Advice – Find Your Running Mojo

We've all experienced it, that feeling you get when, no matter how well you are running, you get stale, you get tired, you lack enthusiasm and wonder what the point of it all is. In technical terms, you have lost your mojo. But how do you get it back? Running releases endorphins, a substance in the body that makes you feel good about yourself. How many times during a hard run or tough session do you feel like you cant go on and cant squeeze any more energy out, all you want to do is stop and collapse in a heap at the side of the road.Yet shortly afterwards you will be chatting to a friend talking about the next race or the next session - it's the feel good factor. What happens when you dont feel good though? What happens when you do a session and however hard you try you cant s [...]

Advice – Base Miles

Laying a strong foundation is vitally important in the success of anything, whether it's building a house or running a great half marathon! The big question is, how do you make sure that foundation is strong and sturdy? For us runners, builidng a base of solid mileage will improve strength, endurance which will hold you in good stead for months to come. A good level of aerobic fitness (endurance) is not built overnight. The process can take many months but once completed it will lay a foundation to which speedwork can be added at a later date. If you are targeting a race in the next 6 months or so, now is the time to get back to basics and put in some high mileage.   Why run base miles? A good starting point for any successful training programme is a fit, healthy and st [...]

Advice – Damage Limitation

We have all experienced that feeling of tightness and soreness in our muscles after a hard run or race. The more experienced we get the better we are able to cope with it. When you run you are placing stress on your muscles and making them stronger so they will tend to ache and be sore as they repair themselves. So what do you do? Sit on the coach until you feel better? Or put things in place to make things more bearable and help the healing process along.   Here are Start Fitness' top 10 tips on how to cope with muscle soreness after a hard run or a session.   1. Get on the grass As tough as it may seem, running on grass is so much better for our muscles than running on the roads. The surface is softer so there is less impact on your muscles which will reduce s [...]

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Race Report – Northumberland Coastal Run

The last thing you will probably want when attempting to run 14 miles over varied surfaces is searing temperatures. However, that is what greeted the 850 hardy soles that took part in the 2014 Coastal Run, organised by Alnwick Harriers. The temptation these days is to chase PBs over the flat fast courses but the Coastal Run is certainly an exception to the rule. First ran in 1979 the race starts in Beadnell and finishes in Alnmouth. In the early years of the race competitors were left to their own devices to figure out the most economical route. Although this is still the case to a certain degree, the best route is normally along the public footpaths and bridleways but the course is always subject to some adjustments, depending on if the tide is out. As well as being incredibly sceni [...]

Run2Work

Commuters encouraged to Run2work

In a bid to encourage one million people to get active and running by 2020, on Thursday, 5 June, commuters all over the country are being encouraged to ditch public transport, leave the car keys at home and run2work. Olympic hurdler and the double European 400m indoor champion Perri Shakes Drayton said, “Everyone should run to work. It’s an easy way to get daily exercise, makes you feel good and will improve your fitness. Start off gentle and gradually up the tempo and distance. I love running in London and it gives me a buzz, especially when the weather’s dry or sunny.” Boris Johnson added: “I’m very happy to lend my support to any mass endeavour that takes the strain off public transport and is good for Londoners’ health. So lace up those trainers and get the cash e [...]

More MIle Oslo 11.0 Running Shoe

More Mile Oslo 11.0

More Mile Oslo 11.0 The 3 must haves in any running shoe, delivered emphatically by the More Mile Oslo 11.0 Training Shoe Flexible The unique 11.0 outsole of the Oslo represents the 11 lateral flex grooves which enhances a natural range of motion through foot strike and creates a supreme platform for your foot strength to benefit from. Lightweight Coming in at 220g, the Oslo is the ideal lightweight trainer to use whilst training, racing, in the gym or as a casual shoe. Cushioning The lightweight EVA midsole provides sufficient cushioning for everyone, and is specifically ideal for short recovery runs, gym work/classes and those seeking the foot strengthening benefits of a low profile everyday trainer. Additional features A guidance line promotes a smooth, efficient stride; [...]

Nike Flyknit Trainer Unisex Running Shoe

Nike Flyknit Trainer (SS 2013)

Nike Flyknit Trainer - Light for flight The Nike Flyknit Trainer+ Unisex Running Shoe (Men's Sizing) was designed based on insights from the world's best marathon runners. Like the Nike Flyknit Racer, it features a virtually seamless knit upper for targeted support, breathability and a snug fit. Available in men's sizes. Reference the Size Chart above to convert a women's size to men's.  Benefits Lightweight, breathable one-piece upper that moves with the foot Flywire threads that wrap the midfoot for better fit and support Nike Zoom technology in the heel and forefoot for responsive cushioning Weight: 8.4 ounces (men's size 10) Targeted Support The one-piece knit upper of the Nike Flyknit Trainer seamlessly integrates areas of high support, stretch and breatha [...]