The Frustration of Injury – Dealing With Running Setbacks

The Frustration of Injury – Dealing With Running Setbacks

The Frustration of Injury in your Running Plan They say that it only takes three weeks (or 21 days) to form a new habit. I completely agree with this, in fact I was going to write a blog about it I’m so convinced with its power. But what about when life throws a stick in your spokes just as you had built up some wonderful momentum? It’s incredibly annoying right? I’m going to talk about the frustration of injury in…

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Best Headlamp for Trail Running – Six Factors to Consider

Best Headlamp for Trail Running – Six Factors to Consider

  Trail Running Headlamp Review Getting out on the trail early, late evening or going for an ultra distance can mean you are going to run into darkness at some point. When road running in and around built up areas,  you generally have street lights to guide you. When you venture out onto a dark trail, you will need the help of a headlamp to guide you safely and make your run enjoyable. When deciding what type of lamp is…

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Exercises to Improve Running Form

Exercises to Improve Running Form

Why Are Exercises to Improve Running Form Important? Every runner that is serious about running faster, more efficiently and injury free should have some set run specific exercises in their weekly training schedule. The benefits of performing exercises that improve running form is that they target muscles that may be underdeveloped or weak.  This is imperative to becoming a well rounded runner. Not to mention hugely decreasing the chance of any niggling injuries arising due to these weaker areas. When…

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Energy Gels for Runners – What is the Best Running Fuel?

Energy Gels for Runners – What is the Best Running Fuel?

What is the best running fuel? We all know that your body needs energy to run.  But what type of energy do you need for the distance that you are planning on doing?  And how much? And how often? We are going to have a look at some of the energy gels for runners and look into what is the best running fuel, especially over longer time and distance. Finding out what energy source works best for you is something…

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Best Salt Tablets For Runners

Best Salt Tablets For Runners

In this article I’m going to have a look at some of the best salt tablets for runners and why you may need to be using them. We are taught from a very young age that too much salt is bad for us. This is true as too much daily salt has been linked to high blood pressure and putting extra strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys and brain (which leads to a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and…

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Trail Running Training – Week 12

Trail Running Training – Week 12

Week 12 is done with another high mileage week in the bank. No swimming again this week, just the morning dips in the ocean after my morning runs. My upper back is still a little stiff for some reason, not sure why. It’s not affecting my running at all, I just want it to be gone before doing any swimming . Like the week before I managed to do some good longer runs to help build up my endurance ready…

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Training for Trail Running – Week 11

Training for Trail Running – Week 11

  With my foot better from the weever fish sting, I was ready to have a good week of training. My back muscle, although much better was still not 100%, so I opted not to swim this week but still went in for a dip in the cold Atlantic Ocean for some cold water therapy. In the oncoming weeks I will be looking to increase the kilometers and elevation gain. I will possibly be having some lighter weeks maybe every…

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Trail Running – What is Your Why?

Trail Running – What is Your Why?

Why do you trail run or WHY SHOULD you? Trail running has become an incredibly popular sport over the last ten years with no sign of it slowing down. People are drawn to trail running for the chance to get outside, the adventure, the fitness, the fresh air and an opportunity to reconnect with nature. So what is it about this sport that is drawing people in droves? If you are one of the many who has already discovered the…

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Chafing – Prevention and Treatment

Chafing – Prevention and Treatment

Why Chafing Happens and How to Prevent It It’s an annoying little problem that happens to many runners and athletes who enjoy a number of sports. Let’s talk about why chafing happens and more importantly how to prevent it so we can get on with the business of enjoying being out on the trail. A Fraction Too Much Friction It all comes down to friction, whether it be skin-on-skin friction or fabric-on-skin friction. Common areas include the thighs, the groin,…

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Training for Trail Running – Week 10

Training for Trail Running – Week 10

More Rest Than I Anticipated. Well week 10 was an eventful week, but not in the sense of training. First off on the training side of things, I had a very light week as I planned. I only ran 2 of the 7 days so I have had a straight 5-day rest. It was lighter than I initially planned but after finishing a 10-week solid block with everything going quite smoothly, I was more than happy. Wednesday of this week…

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