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Running After A Running Injury

Suffering from a running injury is no fun and coming back from it can be a difficult haul. Your running won’t be up to scratch and reaching distances you did before will take you some time. It’s important to remember that when recovering from an injury every mile you complete is an achievement. (more…)

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The Reasons Your Toe Nails Hurt from Running – Your running shoes aren’t right

  You may have noticed that after a long run your toe nails feel sore and bruised. You may also think that this is normal and just an everyday stress from running. I can tell you now that your toe nails should not be sore after running, and if they are some changes need to be made. (more…)

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Understanding Pronation and The Running Shoes You Should Go For

What is pronation Pronation is the natural movement of the human body. In running the term refers to the way that the foot rolls inwards for impact distribution upon landing. This is vital for proper shock absorption and for pushing evenly from the front of the foot at the end of the gait cycle. (more…)

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Running Tips for The Beginner

Are you looking to taking up running? The thought of it can be scary and daunting but it doesn’t have to be. Running can be taken up by almost anyone and at your own pace. Check out our running tips below. Mustering up the courage to complete your first run The first thing to do before you begin your running journey is to make sure you are mentally prepared.  Have you ever heard that saying “mind over matter”? Its true what they say. Once the mind is prepared the body is prepared. To do this you will need to plan your routes, think about the clothing you need, set some small and achievable goals and off you go. Take it at your own pace Running can be taken at your own pace! It isn’t about beating the person in front of you, getting a better time than your friend or goin [...]

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What Running Gear Should I Have in 2018?

Its 2018, an opportunity for a new year and a new you. Running is your decided way to get fit and you need some running gear. With thousands of options to choose from though, what do you go for? We are here to help. Listed below are 10 recommended pieces of running kit for 2018. Our list has been carefully selected by ourselves and with the help of a professional runner. (more…)

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Starting the New Year with A Run – Running For You

If you have never ran before or are not used to running it can be difficult to get into the swing of things. Running takes time, patience and stamina. The more you run the better you become. Fitness levels increase, the distance you run increases and the pace that you run at quickens. This doesn’t happen overnight, but there are steps you can take to get there. Let’s start this new year with a run and end it with a bang. (more…)

Enter The Right Race in 2017

We’re now well into 2017, many of you reading this will be in the thick of winter training or just continually logging in miles ahead of a training block. That of course, means that a new fixture list of races will be available to enter. The first thing that would have been looked at, is of course, when you can enter certain races or information when ballots go live. Some use the power of social media for this, using the notification system or get reminder emails sent to them to make a note in the diary. (more…)

Running Your First Parkrun

Getting started in running is a lot easier than what some people say. Novices can easily be put off due to confidence, unsure of beginner distances or even the darker weather may play its part. Running is a testing sport. PB’s can tumble or every week a new injury can flag up, it can sway from one end of the spectrum to the other. However, there is an event out there, which many people will be familiar with, that can cater for runners, young, old, locals, visitors, new or experienced and every runners favourite way to kick start their Saturday morning – the Parkrun. (more…)

BLOG: The Wonders of Hill Training!

At every stage of training, hill reps will be on the agenda. They are the marmite of running, you either love them or hate them but we like to hope the majority of you reading this love them, because we do! Hill training is the perfect exercise to increase strength, speed, running economy and explosiveness, key elements for when running your race or fun run, in particular, the latter stages where fatigue starts to kick in. Sure, running high volumes of mileage can get you over the distance but neglecting hill reps, along with any speed session, could have a negative outcome when reaching for that important personal best or finish in one piece at least. (more…)