marathon training

Lacing Up for the New York City Marathon? Read This Guide! – Running Fitness Article

Lacing Up for the New York City Marathon? Read This Guide!   While it’s not as prestigious as the Boston Marathon or as cool as the London Marathon, the New York City Marathon may be the best overall. The vibe, atmosphere, and surroundings of the NYC Marathon make it an experience you’ll never forget — even if you’re not running. If you’re planning to attend the New York City Marathon as a runner or spectator, you’ll want to know some important information before race…

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Kinematix TUNE Giveaway! – RandRuns – Running Fitness Article

Kinematix TUNE Giveaway! – RandRuns I have been using the very clever Kinematix TUNE for a few months now, and am constantly amazed at the amount of information it gives on the biomechanics of my running, and how to improve them. Kinematix have very kindly given me a TUNE, for one of my readers. Simply pop onto the RandRuns Facebook page, and tell me in one sentence what you think TUNE could best help improve in your running. I’ll pick…

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RunnerDude’s Blog: Hitting the Training Wall? – Running Fitness Article

RunnerDude’s Blog: Hitting the Training Wall? Many half or full marathoners can attest to hitting a wall of self-doubt that smacks them in the face about halfway through their training.For first-time half marathoners it’s often around mile nine. For first-time marathoners it’s often around mile 15, 16, or 17.Things are going just dandy in their training  and then all of the sudden, they have a tough run and reality smacks them in the face. “Oh my God! That was hard!”…

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Chicago 5K Race and Marathon Weekend Recap – Fitness Article

Chicago 5K Race and Marathon Weekend Recap Many big marathons are now hosting pre-race 5K events, celebrating the international running community, encouraging visitors and locals to take advantage of the race weekend. I took part in the Tokyo Friendship 4K when I ran the Tokyo Marathon (check out my friend Anna’s video from the run!), have watched the New York Dash to the Finish Line 5K and this weekend, ran the International Chicago 5K. As I wasn’t running the marathon,…

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How I Plan For A Successful Week of Workouts – Running Fitness Article

How I Plan For A Successful Week of Workouts A body in motion stays in motion, right? But it’s the getting into motion that’s the toughest part sometimes. Maybe we’ve taken “a break” from working out and are fearing the lies in our heads about just how painful working out will be or maybe we’re just coming back from an injury and are afraid of getting hurt again. Maybe, we think we’re too fat, too out of shape, too unhealthy,…

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Winter is coming [October recap] – Running Fitness Article

Winter is coming [October recap] Looking back, I haven’t done a recap post since MAY. I don’t know where summer (or the past few months, really) went and honestly, I’m not quite sure I would do it justice to try and recap it in one big blog post (but if you are interested: I did write somewhat of a summer/life recap HERE that you should check out)! October was a crazy month. We traveled to Michigan… …and Sacramento for weddings…

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How to Make the Most of your NYC Marathon Weekend – Fitness Article

The New York City Marathon weekend is one of my favourite weekends of the year, whether I’m running it or not (although last weekend’s trip to the Chicago Marathon will definitely rival it!) Listen to the Elites  The New York Road Runner’s Centre is the hub for the weekend (aside from the official expo) hosting stretching sessions, shake out runs and most excitingly, live podcasts with elite runners. The Morning Shakeout – hear podcast host Mario Fraioli chat with Jared…

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NYC Marathon Round-Up: Race Recaps, Resources and Tips – Fitness Article

Happy marathon week, NYC!   It’s insane for me to think that 4 years ago right now I was gearing up to run the NYC marathon. To say it was one of the most magical days of my life would be an understatement. Words fail when trying to sum up just how special the NYC Marathon is. I have a few friends running the marathon this year and wanted to put together a big round-up of race recaps, tips, and resources…

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Choosing a Spring Marathon – The Runner Beans – Running Fitness Article

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I want to run a BQ in 2020, but so far I’ve resisted signing up for any races. I mean, literally any which is so unlike me. All I have on my calendar so far in 2020 is the Brighton Half marathon. However, with November rapidly approaching, it’s time to lock in a goal race. I’m looking for something ideally in late April/May, with a fast, flat BQ sanctioned course. I thought…

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So you didn’t get a place for London??? – Running Fitness Article

October is always a tense month in the running world. Tense for those holding their breath waiting to see if they have got their longed for place in the London Marathon. And those with their fingers crossed that the place they applied for in the ballot…hopefully isn’t successful ha ha. It causes much tension too in the running world. Lot’s of folks moaning that they have entered the ballot like 30 times in a row and never been successful, and…

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Eating Does a Runner Good – Running Fitness Article

Just read an article about how exercising before breakfast burns more fat. Article makes it sound like it’s new news. Heard this for a long time. Problem is that people will just read the headlines and then start running on an empty stomach. It’s true that when you run on an empty stomach, your body will use up any remaining glycogen (carb) stores and then begin to burning fat. Nothing wrong with that. However, what a runner has to ask…

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Why I’m Glad I Took A Break From Running (even though I lost fitness) – Running Fitness Article

Why I’m Glad I Took A Break From Running (even though I lost fitness) This post is in collaboration with Brooks Running UK.  Let me recap for those of you that might be new around here… May 2019 – ran Edinburgh marathon, trying to BQ, ran a 3.38 June 2019 – started Ironman training July 2019 – serious burnout, realised I wanted to BQ more than complete an Ironman right now August 2019 – time off from a proper training…

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Project BQ: The Building Phase Week 2 – Running Fitness Article

Project BQ: The Building Phase Week 2 I’m currently lying on the sofa, feeling sorry for myself after a wonderful wedding yesterday, watching the IAAF World Athletics Championships on the TV, and cheering on all the British athletes including Holly Bradshaw and Dina Asher-Smith. This week of training hasn’t gone quite to plan but as I mentioned on my IG on Saturday, I’m trying to be more flexible, relax a little more and use these as learning opportunities. What did…

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Project BQ: The Building Phase Week 1 – Running Fitness Article

Project BQ: The Building Phase Week 1 As I mentioned in my instagram last week, I’m sort of going back to basics on the blog to remind myself (and hopefully you guys) why you started following me in the first place. Before the travel, and the worry over the instagram algorithm, this blog was set up to document my running journey, trying to cut down my marathon time. And I’m still working on that! Monday – Strong in Fall Tabata Workout…

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5 reasons to volunteer at the NYC Marathon – Fitness Article

5 reasons to volunteer at the NYC Marathon Come late summer and early fall, marathon fever will hit New York City. But by then, it will be too late. If you’re not running this year, I have a marvelous suggestion on how you can be get in on the action: volunteer. There are still a handful of volunteer spots left at the 2019 NYC Marathon. Volunteer opportunities fill up very quickly so I am sure these spaces won’t be available…

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Do I need a personal running coach? – Running Fitness Article

Some runners run for health reasons, some runners run for time to themselves and other runners are running to get fast. If you’re in the third category, chances are you’ve considered whether joining a team or hiring a coach would be beneficial for you. RELATED: I just ran my first 5K. Am I ready for the marathon? Runners who would benefit from a personal coach Lauren Roberts is a Toronto-based physio therapist and owner of The Running Physio who says…

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Run the Galloway Way! | – Running Fitness Article

On June 1st, the 2019/2020 season of Orlando Galloway training season officially kicks off. The program is put on by Track Shack, and runners of all abilities are welcome to join us! The Galloway method is a proven run/walk/run style of training which helps minimize injuries and achieve their goals of running half marathon or marathons. Participants do a magic mile which helps place them in pace groups. Then, weekly group runs are done to get you to the starting…

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#1 Drill To Get Faster – Running Fitness Article

So many people want to know how to get faster. It is one of the most frequently asked questions that I get. And, I am going to share the #1 drill to get faster – my cadence drill. This should be done on a non-long run day. It is fine however, to do it as a part of your warm-up before a race or a speed workout. Many runners have also told me that this is a nice way to…

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Bouncing Back From The Run That Didn’t Go According To Plan – Running Fitness Article

Bouncing Back From The Run That Didn’t Go According To Plan All runners have bad days. The most prominent factor that sets a champion apart from others is the ability to move forward after that run that didn’t go according to plan. Figuring out just how to bounce back! Me cheering on the runners with the Raleigh, North Carolina Galloway Program As many of you may have seen, last weekend at the Tobacco Road Marathon, I had my first DNF…

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What Type of Race Trainee Are You? – Running Fitness Article

Life can get crazy when you’re training for a half or full marathon, and sometimes life and throw things at you the can affect your training. If you are working with a running coach, remember he has created a plan for you. Also remember that your training plan is a guide, a guide created specifically for you and your goals. As a running coach for going on 10 years, I’ve come to realize there tends to be four types of…

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Here are 5 Strategies to Prevent Overtraining Syndrome – Running Fitness Article

Here are 5 Strategies to Prevent Overtraining Syndrome I vividly remember the first time I ever saw a teammate fall victim to overtraining syndrome. A few of our track relays had the opportunity to travel to North Carolina to compete at the national level right after my junior year. This particular teammate was a hard worker and incredibly talented. She could kick butt in every event from the 400 meters to the farthest races. Featured Event We continued training after…

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6 of the Best FREE Marathon Training Plans – Fitness Article

After the popularity of my post on free CrossFit training programmes, and with Spring Marathon training season fast approaching, I thought I’d do some of the legwork of finding completely FREE marathon training plans for you! Some are plans I’ve tried before, the others are ones I’ve researched but not necessarily chosen to follow for one reason or another. When you’re choosing a marathon training plan you should be looking for one that challenges you, but is also realistic for…

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My Top 7 Marathon Fundraising Tips – Fitness Article

Running the London marathon (or any other race!) for charity is an amazing experience – knowing you’re doing something good for a cause you care about, having the support both online in the lead up to the race and on race day itself… charities are fantastic. And it’s a brilliant way of getting to do something you might not otherwise have the chance to, as I did with ticking VLM off my bucket list with the Royal British Legion this…

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5 Tips For Runners Tackling Their First Marathon – RandRuns – Running Fitness Article

This is a guest post by Shaun Dixon, who is an elite runner and head coach at Let’s Get Running. A self diagnosed ‘run-addict’, he uses his experience of training and competing over a range of distances to coach runners of all ability levels. Shaun is training me for the 2017 London Marathon. Thinking of tackling your first Marathon? Here are 5 tips to read before you kick off your training. 1. Be patient. Don’t take on too much too…

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