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The optimum marathon training plan duration

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Training plans can last anywhere from 14 to 30 weeks. Coach Jenny explains how many weeks you really need to improve performance.

I’m training for my second marathon and shopping training plans, and I wondered about the best length of time for marathon training. I want to improve my time, and I’ve seen plans that last anywhere from 14-30 weeks. What are your thoughts? Thank you!! Catie There are a lot of plans ... 

Diary of an injured runner #1

By Annie Rice on in Training
Being on crutches for six weeks has given Annie Rice a whole new perspective on being an injured runner, read about the journey so far.

Background story Six weeks ago my marathon ended abruptly at mile 24.6 (to be precise) with excruciating pain in my knee and an inability to stand or walk any longer. I didn’t finish the race. The tale of woe was all the more woeful as I was on for a 30 ... 

Review: Lizard Trail Running Holiday

By Ben Hobson on in Training
Running holidays are becoming more prevalent, so we spent 3 days trail running in Spain to see what the fuss was about

After a winter defined by dramatic amounts of rain, flooding and general wetness, the prospect of escaping to warmer climates to run around the dusty farm tracks of olive and almond groves in Spain sounded like the perfect tonic for some winter running blues. Approached by Rob and Lizard Trail ... 

Time for Chi (Running)

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Training
Can Chi Running improve your technique and reignite your run mojo in the process? Rhalou Allerhand investigates.

With a dozen halves, a few wholes and even a little ultra marathon under my belt, I’m technically a seasoned runner. But after tearing a muscle during a race last year, my running took a real nosedive. Despite countless physio visits and soul-crushingly painful massages that eventually got my wonky ... 

Race day dos and don’ts

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Training
Here's our guide what to do (and what not to do) on marathon day to ensure your race goes smoothly.

The will to prepare On the morning of your race, you don’t want to waste a single moment worrying about what to wear or how to get there. Plan your race day strategy to a T in advance and you’ll be considerably more relaxed in the run up to race day. ... 

How to avoid the top four tapering mistakes

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Coach Jenny tells you how to combat taper fear and master the art of winding down for race day

I’m training for my fifth marathon and looking to improve my performance. I need help on my tapering phase. I typically go into the race with a one-week taper, and it caught up with me in my last marathon. I ran a personal worst and had a hard time finishing. ... 

Lizard trail running - day 3

By Ben Hobson on in Training
The final and toughest day of our trail running trip in Spain

Today was the toughest day. This was no surprise. As we ate another delicious meal at the end of day two, conversation turned to what the next day entailed and it was looking challenging. There were already two runs planned out; one taking in a local peak that was less ... 

Lizard trail running - day 2

By Ben Hobson on in Training
A full day of trail running and strength training

Day two started with a breakfast that could only suggest we were going to be working hard. After letting our porridge, freshly squeezed juice from locally grown oranges, fruit salad and toast settle we took off into the surrounding canyons, tracks and ramblers (drainage routes for water, not pole wielding ... 

Lizard trail running - day 1

By Ben Hobson on in Training
Based in South East Spain, our home for three days offers some amazing views and incredible trail running

Even before I've laced up my trainers, I get a taste of what's to come. Driving to Almond House (our home for the next three days), we leave the tarmac road in the local village and the rest of the journey to takes place on a dried out river bed, ... 

Perfect your protein timing

By News on in Training
The three key windows to refuel the runner.

It's critical for runners to keep track of how much protein is in their diets, but it's also important to eat it at the appropriate times to maximise performance benefits. Time this key nutrient for muscle recovery right and become a stronger runner. Rise and shine, protein time Start your day with ... 

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