My God, My Calves!

As mentioned in a previous blog – and indeed in our last newsletter (sign up here if you didn’t get it), we really are into spring marathon training time now. 10ks and half marathons have been run as build up races, training distances will be getting longer, and time on feet will be increasing as the big day beckons. From about mid-February onwards we get calls from runners from all distances – from those just starting out on parkruns to experienced and dedicated racers, and to cut a long story short, the basic content of these calls boils down to … Continue reading

Marathon time

Ah – February. Marathon training schedules rule the roost. People counting miles, gradually building up the distance. Niggles appear, cold and flu rear their ugly heads, they get ignored, sometimes they disappear, but sometimes they grow more and more insistent. Occasional days get missed, sometimes a week but still the schedule grinds on. Some people, having not got on the bandwagon a month ago are now looking to start an “accelerated” marathon programme- get fit for 26 miles in less than 3 months. Yes. It’s February. Soon enough it will be March, the mornings are slowly getting brighter, runs will … Continue reading

Worst day of the year?

I read something a while ago that January 17th is the worst day of the year. Now bear with me on this… it was based on a formula dreamt up by a mathematician (which doesn’t fill me with confidence) that took into account various parameters and variables. Whether or not January 17th is in fact the worst day of the year isn’t really the point – it might be the 22nd, or the 19th, or it might be at some other time depending on personal circumstances – however, I quite liked the reasoning – and it went a bit like … Continue reading

Personal Training Testimonial

We have been carrying out a little research into why people train with us and what they are gaining from their personal training sessions. Here’s what Karolina had to say: Why did you choose to start on your personal training journey?  I have suffered from joint and back pain for a long time and tried various types of exercise but nothing helped (if anything, the pain and discomfort got worse). I found out it could be due to suspected hypermobile joint syndrome. I wanted to get fitter and stronger but also to be able to exercise without the risk of … Continue reading

Is it possible to avoid running injuries?

Global Therapies: Tim during the Coniston fell race

I was having a chat with another runner recently about running, injuries and the prevalence of injuries to runners of all types. The conversation mostly focused around chronic injuries rather than acute- “ow, I’ve run into a tree” type injuries. I did a bit of digging and a bit of thinking and ended up with something that turned into this blog. Interesting stat: The biggest predictor of being injured as a runner is not to do with mileage, climb, time on feet, running surface, shoe type or anything like that; it is the answer to the question “have you been … Continue reading

Breathing Troubles – Asthma flare up

Way back in around 1996 I was diagnosed with asthma. It wasn’t terribly bad, I used daily steroids for a while and the blue salbutamol inhaler occasionally. My reference point for how bad asthma could be was very high – a girl I was at junior school with would be regularly hospitalised because of her asthma. The effect on me was minor issue in comparison, it barely bothered me. Over the last seven years I’ve been a regular runner, taken part in various races from 1.2 mile fell races through to marathons and 55km ultras. I can run pretty well, … Continue reading