Morning Run Motivation

Morning Run Motivation

When starting on your running journey or any exercise journey it is always best to work out a schedule for when you are going to perform these running sessions. Finding your morning run motivation can be a big factor holding you back. Although I generally do my harder training session in the evening, I like to get up early and do a run followed by a swim in the ocean. I find when starting out the day with this ritual…

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Training for Trail Running – Week Five Progress

Training for Trail Running – Week Five Progress

Easy Week/Rest Week Week five was a week spent with my daughter who is visiting from Australia.  It is important to have family time when it is presented and the body enjoys some rest and recovery time. While only having four running days this week my elevation gains did suffer, only recording 1317m.  I did however manage to reach my total kilometer goal for the week of 90km in four straight days. Week five went as follows: DAY TRAINING DISTANCE…

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Running Training Schedule

Running Training Schedule

Variety is Key If you are looking for a well-rounded training regime you need to know that you are ticking all the boxes in your weekly running training schedule. Simply going out and doing a 5,10 or 15km run each day at the same pace is not going to unlock your full running potential. It will likely get you over the line but if you are looking at stepping it up a notch or two you need to change things…

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A Few Bumps in the Road – Falling off the Fitness Wagon

A Few Bumps in the Road – Falling off the Fitness Wagon

Just When Things Were Going Well… So you were going along really well and had finally made some good breakthroughs in your fitness. And then suddenly a few hiccups, a few bumps in the road and you’re off the fitness “wagon”. I think it’s amazing how quickly we can become unstuck. This is where I’ve found myself this week after several late nights, increased alcohol and many poor food choices. All these adverse health choices have had a domino effect…

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Training for Trail Running – Week Four Progress

Training for Trail Running – Week Four Progress

Week four is done with a little bit of a mixture this week.  Having done some longer tempo runs along with some walking to rest the legs in between these key runs. The last run of the week was the toughest being only 10.7km in distance but had just under 700m of elevation gain. This was a good test to see where the legs were at. After the last climb on this run my legs were cooked, especially as I…

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Trail Running Vacations – Do I Need to Book a Runcation?

Trail Running Vacations – Do I Need to Book a Runcation?

  Runcation: Run + Vacation Runcations have become increasingly popular in the last few years and for good reason. But do we actually need to book a specific “runcation” or can we just be spontaneous and throw the shoes in before we leave? While the idea of a “runcation” is very appealing, it has also occurred to me that pretty much every holiday I’ve ever been on has included at least some running. As I like to run for fitness…

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The A to Z Glossary – Trail Running Terms

The A to Z Glossary – Trail Running Terms

Below we have gathered together a comprehensive list of terms you may encounter in the trail and running world.  We had a lot of fun putting the A to Z Glossary of Trail Running Terms together, even learning a couple of new ones ourselves (plogging?! love it!). If there are any we have missed please leave a comment below! A Aid Station: Areas set up on the running course that have hydration and nutrition ready for competitors. How many aid…

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Training for Trail Running – Week Three Progress

Training for Trail Running – Week Three Progress

Feeling Good Week three is done and dusted with the targets accomplished. The muscle soreness from the week before was not a factor this week. The muscles have adapted to the new/extra workload that I have put on them and are now noticeably a little stronger. I will look at increasing the elevation over the oncoming weeks along with the leg and buttock strength exercises. The week went as follows: DAY TRAINING DISTANCE ELEVATION Monday AM Easy run Ocean swim…

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Blister Prevention For Running

Blister Prevention For Running

Blisters are those annoying little discomforts that can put a dampener on our running enjoyment. While generally not big enough of a problem to require our full attention, if not treated correctly they have the ability to side-line us altogether. The following article covers causes, treatment and blister prevention for running. CAUSES Blisters occur for three main reasons: Friction Heat Moisture This can be further exacerbated by foot abnormalities such as bunions, heel spurs and hammertoes. Heat and moisture contribute…

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Running After Forty – Am I Too Old to Start Running?

Running After Forty – Am I Too Old to Start Running?

Is It Too Late to Start? It is generally reognised that after forty years of age we start to see the initial signs of ageing or slowing down. If you have never run before, or if you haven’t run for years, you might be asking yourself if it is the most advisable thing to take up. Can my body withstand the demands of this activity, is it even safe to do so? Am I too old to start running? Running…

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