Running up that hill

I have often thought I need to do more hill training, I live in a fairly flat area and go out hunting for hills but it never seems enough when running up the hills during a race. What I miss is the way  hill sessions improve not only your leg strength but also your...

Exercise after pregnancy

Once you have had your baby you are probably raring to get back to fitness and into your jeans but as with pregnancy it is important to stay focused on you and your baby.  Many hormones are still present in your body.  Your pelvic floor may also be weakened.  How you...

The benefits of a Tempo run

Let’s start with the experts definition of a Tempo run; “A tempo run is nothing more than 20 minutes of steady running at threshold pace.” This definition comes from Jack Daniels, Ph.D who promoted the tempo run in the 1980’s.  In his opinion...

Exercise and pregnancy

We often feel the pressure to have the body beautiful even when pregnant, magazines show perfect bumps, women who seemingly haven’t put on a gram of maternal fat.  This can lead to poor nutrition and undertaking exercise that is not suitable and potentially...

What the Fartlek!

Fartlek, is a Swedish term that means “speed play,” and is a form of interval or speed training that can be effective in improving your pace and endurance.   As with all interval training, Fartleks put a little extra stress on your system to which your...

Innov8 Terraclaw 220 review

I recently bought the Terraclaw 220 as a replacement for my Innov8 243’s that were discontinued.  I needed a pair of off road shoes that could handle mud, trail and fields and I wanted them to be light weight yet durable.  I run mostly off road, anywhere between...

New Year Resolutions

It’s that time of year when resolutions are made or not made, kept or not kept.  Some are private and some are shared, some are new and some are repeated every year.  Whether you think that they are a good idea or not people all over have made them in 2017....

I’m only a slow runner

“I’m only a slow runner”. When I hear people say this my heart sinks, my response is always ‘you’re a runner, speed is irrelevant, do you enjoy it?’  For me the act of getting out running is what matters, getting your heart and...

A healthy alternative for World Health Day

Being healthy isn’t just about exercise, food is key.  Today it is World Health Day and Twitter is full of lovely healthy eating recipes.  Here is my really simple cauliflower cous cous, it is a great alternative to rice, pasta etc… and goes with...

Fun Exercise not formal

I recently heard an informative, interesting and thought provoking presentation from Dr William Bird. He discussed how our origins of hunter gatherers causes many of today’s health issues. We are already aware of the impact of being sedentary but how about the...