This week, a running client shared her frustrations at feeling used by her friend (a stronger runner) as a yardstick. They always seemed to go one better, to run a bit further or a bit faster. It got me thinking about how we think about ourselves in relation to other runners… You can’t change how […]Read More Ever felt like just a yardstick for someone else’s progress?
The current lockdown restrictions have got us all rethinking the way we live. As an ultra-runner and an ultra coach with XNRG, I’m keen to apply an ‘endurance mindset’ to life’s challenges, and this is no different. It’s got me mulling over how runners – of all levels, speeds and distances – can use this […]Read More Lockdown, cross-training and ultra-running: using this time as a runner
With spring and summer marathons cancelled, it’s given us all more time to reflect on training for distance races – so here’s what I’ve learnt from running marathons (and beyond into ultras). My first marathon was the Marathon du Mont St Michel some 20 years ago. At the time, I would have described myself as […]Read More Marathon to ultra – is it all about distance training?
Like many of you, I have had to refocus my running goals as summer races are postponed or cancelled. It’s got me thinking: how do we keep the momentum going on training when goal events go out the window? Rewind to the last time things didn’t go to plan Let’s go back to 19th December […]Read More Beyond the medal
Late in February, I spent half an hour over a coffee mapping out when I could run this month. It’s an approach I also take with my coaching clients. It doesn’t take long; we’re talking broad brush stuff. It should form a rough plan that can then flex slightly when other things need to take […]Read More How to plan a monthly ultra training schedule you can stick to
One in five people in the UK has low vitamin D levels, according to the NHS. It’s essentially a national condition during the winter, when a lot of us aren’t getting enough of the vital vitamin from sunlight. It’s something I’ve only become aware of through regular blood tests as part of measuring my training […]Read More Winter training: Vitamin D and ultra-running
Niggling injuries are not a runner’s best friend, but they can be your constant companion. And, with age comes the greater risk of injuries rearing their heads. It can be a headache in training, as I found out just before Christmas… A trip too far Let’s go back a few weeks to mid-December. It was […]Read More Dealing with a recurring historic injury
Ready to step up from a marathon to an ultra this year, or looking to build on your ultra experiences? Now’s the time to book events for later this year. I like to have goals that give me a reason to get up each morning even when I’m not ‘feeling the love’, and to structure […]Read More Summer races to add to your list
New to ultra-running? The array of tech – watches, straps, torches, and more – can feel almost as daunting as stepping up to that start line. I remember being overawed by the massive choice of potential tech you can buy, combined with the fear of investing serious money in something that might not deliver when […]Read More Best tech for new ultra-runners
When I first met my wife, she noticed that my mood fell with the autumnal shorter days, only picking up for Christmas and as the seasons turned to spring. That seemed to change when I started running in my mid-thirties. I’m now someone who has consistently ‘high’ mood and energy levels, all year round. Here […]Read More Super Fit at 50: SAD, running and the changing seasons