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My Winter Training 2019

Winter Training 2019

Goals of Winter Training Winter training is crucial for runners of all abilities. Generally, this period is a time to build an aerobic base, without the pressure of running hard. Thankfully (for some), the early months of the year are not packed with road races for recreational runners. After 2018, which saw me suffer intermittently…
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27/03/2019 1
My 2019 Running Goals - Grounded Runner

My 2019 Running Goals

My focus for 2019 is consistent, progressive, endurance-based and injury-free running.


02/01/2019 0
Endure by Alex Hutchinson - Grounded Runner

6 Elements to Improve Endurance Running

Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance (2018) by Alex Hutchinson Theory A traditional view of endurance is that the body is a ‘machine’, limited by the muscles’ ability to use energy and oxygen. However, more recently, researchers such as Tim Noakes and Samuele Marcora have asserted that human limits are defined…
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19/12/2018 0
Cycling Longer

Extending Time on the Saddle

A summary of the second 4-day block of my turbo training,


26/09/2018 1
Lee Grantham

3 Training Principles from Ultramarathoner Lee Grantham

Read Lee Grantham’s 3 training features of his ultramarathon success.


25/09/2018 0
Training Tyre

Easy Workout with New Tyre

A new tyre and a relatively comfortable workout to end a four-day indoor cycling streak.


21/09/2018 0
Hard Cycling Test

First Test Cycling Hard

A more confidence-boosting test of how fast a pace I can maintain on my new turbo trainer.


20/09/2018 0
Injured and Cycling

Suspected Stress Fractures Reduces my Training

An unexpectedly low mileage week, and an alternative plan for my training.


10/09/2018 2
Birthday Run

18 Miles to Celebrate my Birthday

The stats and images from my first week of training for the Chelmsford Marathon 2018 (and my eighth marathon), which ended with a strong 18-mile, long run on my birthday.


03/09/2018 1
Jakob Ingebrigtsen

5 Secrets to Young Success of Jakob Ingebrigtsen

Read the 5 main components of Jakob Ingebrigtsen’s rising success at middle-distance races.


30/08/2018 3

Reducing my Running Load

The stats and images from my ninth week of training for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018. I successfully reduced my running load.


15/08/2018 0
Running in Fields

Running Longer

The stats and stories from my eighth week of training for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018. I successfully ran longer and further.


06/08/2018 2
Reducing my Training Load

Returning to my Running Club

The stats and stories from my seventh week of training for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018. I successfully focused on reducing my training load.


30/07/2018 0
Building My Endurance, Injury-Free

Week of Building Endurance

The stats and stories from my sixth week of training for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018. I successfully focused on increasing my mileage.


23/07/2018 1
Tempo Intervals, Injury-Free

Quality Running, Injury-Free

The stats and stories from my fifth week of running training for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018 after staying injury-free.


17/07/2018 0
Running Injury-Free

Running Injury-Free Again

The stats and stories from my fourth week of running training for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018 after a period of cross-training.


09/07/2018 3
New Vivobarefoot Shoes

Enjoying Cross-Training

My ongoing workouts to deal with my stubborn shin injury in only my third week of preparations for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018.


11/06/2018 3
Gym Selfie

Accepting a Recurring Injury

The story behind an unexpected injury that forced me to adjust my training in only my second week of preparations for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018.


04/06/2018 5
Week 1 of Clacton Half Marathon 2018

Starting a New Strategy

The stats and stories from my first week training for the Clacton Half Marathon 2018.


28/05/2018 0
Aiming to Win the Clacton Half Marathon 2018

Aiming to Win a Race

Discover the race I have identified as my best chance to win, and how I will tackle the challenge.


20/05/2018 11

Staying Patient (Week 4)

Two humbling running lessons I learnt in my last week of training for my local 10 mile race.


30/04/2018 2

Building Mileage (Week 3)

Two more important running lessons I learnt in preparation for my local 10 mile race.


23/04/2018 1

Reducing Training Stress (Week 2)

I learnt another two valuable lessons in my second week of my 10-mile training plan.


16/04/2018 0

Two Reflections on Transitioning to Endurance Training (Week 1)

I learnt two valuable lessons in my first week of my 10-mile training plan.


09/04/2018 1

Snow Disrupts my Training

Read about how I dealt with running in the snow and the benefits of taking a break from faster workouts.


05/03/2018 0

Demonstrating Maximum Speed

Read about the stories behind my performances this week, achieving a lifetime personal record of maximum speed.


26/02/2018 0

Increasing My Mileage

My week of fast workouts to get back on track for my One Mile Challenge.


19/02/2018 2

Resting to Recharge

My fatiguing workouts and my much needed rest days during a pivotal week in my One Mile Challenge.


12/02/2018 2
My 2 Mile Time-Trial

Struggling for Speed Consistency

My challenges to maintain my speed during another intense week of interval training.


05/02/2018 0
Running Science: Optimising Training and Performance

Advice to Optimise Your Running

The best advice from the book ‘Running Science’ edited by John Brewer.


27/01/2018 0

Overcoming An Early Injury

The challenges I faced during the third week of training for my One Mile Challenge.


22/01/2018 1

First Complications of My Fast Training

The stories and workouts from the second week of training for my One Mile Challenge.


15/01/2018 0

My New 2018 Fast Workouts

The stories and workouts from the first week of training for my One Mile Challenge.


08/01/2018 1
Why I Became a Club Runner

Why I Became a Club Runner

Discover the reasons I joined my local running club in December 2017 and the benefits I have experienced.


27/12/2017 5
Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel (2013) by Jason Robillard

Mitigating the Challenges of Ultramarathons

Read my book review of Jason Robillard’s unorthodox ultramarathon guide ‘Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel’.


13/12/2017 1
Finding Ultra (audiobook) by Rich Roll

An Ultra Transformation

Discover Rich Roll’s remarkable journey from chronic alcoholic and overweight lawyer to one of the fittest men alive.


09/12/2017 0
3 Advantages of Walking for Runners

Walk to Assist your Running

Walking is an act most of us take for granted. But every runner can use walking to their advantage.


20/11/2017 3

How I Trained for my Quickest Marathon

Discover the flexible 24-week training plan I followed to run my fastest marathon to date in late 2017.


13/11/2017 2

How I Improved from my First Marathon

Read my race report from my second marathon, where I rectified many of the mistakes I made in my first.


06/11/2017 1

How to Squat to Improve Running

Find out how squats support your running, the correct technique and my personal records.


28/08/2017 1

4 Reasons to Record Running Data

Discover the four essential reasons every runner should use data to record their running.


09/08/2017 0

Sit-up Training

Learn why sit-ups help your running, how to perform them correctly and my personal records.


07/08/2017 1

Press-up Training

Know how press-ups support your running, how to perform them safely and my personal records.


12/07/2017 2