Advice

Don’t make resolutions for the New Year – make habits for life

There’s nothing wrong with New Year’s resolutions – they can be a great way to focus on something you want to achieve for the year ahead and, while dates are of course arbitrary, taking a moment in late December or early January to think about your goals and what you want to achieve is no bad thing. But. There’s a …

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Kit planning for a 3-day off-track hike

At the end of the month, I’m off for a few days hiking on the Isle of Mull. Although we’re not intending to do particularly long distances or demanding hikes, I do have a plan that involves taking a route well off the established trails, and self-supporting for three full days. These two factors alone mean that getting my kit …

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First time marathon tips: A graphic

As we are well into marathon-running season, I am sure that there are some readers who are preparing for their first marathon. A while ago I wrote a blog post with a few tips for making the whole experience a bit easier – not the training and racing itself, but just some logistical things that a lot of people don’t …

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The power of interval training

I’ve mentioned before the danger, as someone who actually enjoys running, that all I will ever do is medium length runs and medium intensity. For me, few things are nicer than a fairly gentle jog of 5-6 miles. Good for the soul, certainly, but actual training value is pretty low. Of course, there’s a place for runs like that – …

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Running safety tips

Running is not exactly an extreme sport, but it has its risks nevertheless, and sometimes it’s easy to forget how vulnerable you are running along country lanes, or running alone in potentially risky areas, especially at night. So, here are a few running safety tips, and some products to consider. Plan your route This is relevant for both avoiding traffic …

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Five tips for running in hot weather

Apparently the weekend was especially hot in the UK, and some of you who were racing or running found it a struggle. Meanwhile, where I am, it’s been no less than 35C for months, and frequently as high as 40. That makes running a real challenge, even early in the morning or late in the evening. So, whether you’re struggling …

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Three great trail runs you can do from London

I lived in London for nearly a decade and, in that time, I got pretty used to the easily-accessible running routes around me; whether it’s the perfect circuit for a little five mile jog, or an exactly 20-mile loop for a long run at the weekend. What they all have in common, though, is that almost all are on road and pavement, …

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The Virgin London Marathon ballot – is it fair?

I find myself in the position this week that my twitter feed is full of people celebrating getting into the Virgin London Marathon ballot, commiserating with those who failed to get in, or moaning about the whole process; while I am away from home and so currently have no idea whether I got in or not. This seems to me …

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