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Benjamin Parkes
Hill Repeats - Intervals in disguise.. My quick guide to this amazing workout!

Hill Repeats - Intervals in disguise.. My quick guide to this amazing workout!

Hello Runners!  I hope everyone is having a good week, the weekend is nearly here.. and for most that means even more time we can spend out running!  So with that happy thought in your head.. For this weeks quick read, I wanted to have a chat about.. hills! Love them or hate them, they are such a great benefit to any training plan, whether your goal race is hilly or flat. So here’s a quick Q&A on hills, answering some of the regular questions I get asked. Why should we be running hills?  There are loads of reasons! Doing hill repeats will help build...

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Benjamin Parkes
Fuel for Long Runs - Feeling good all the way to the end!

Fuel for Long Runs - Feeling good all the way to the end!

Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve all had a great weekend training and everything is going to plan, let me know how it’s all going? Are you getting excited yet?   This week I wanted to talk about fuel for your longer training runs.. by that I mean anything over 90 minutes.  How to go about it, ideas of things you can take, things you might want to avoid and also let you know what I tend to do.  From the outset I’d just like to say there certainly isn’t a right or wrong answer here and every person is different,...

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Race day preparation.. starts months before race day!

Race day preparation.. starts months before race day!

Hello Runners! With so many of us battling extreme temperatures at the moment, I thought it would be good to fast forward a few months to think about the big day... RACE DAY! Where hopefully we'll all be treated to a calm, sunny day with perfect running temperatures.. I can't wait. So for this week's quick read.. let’s talk about race day research. It always amazes me how many runners wake up on race day and don't even know how to get to the start line, let alone knowing the route or where the water stations are. So with around two to three...

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Benjamin Parkes
Injured? Sick? Commitments? Holidays? Life happens! So here’s my guide to get you back on track!

Injured? Sick? Commitments? Holidays? Life happens! So here’s my guide to get you back on track!

Hello Runners! How is your week ahead looking? As we move closer to the big day, the training is growing, the possibility of missing a few runs grows. So this week we are talking about how to get back on track if that happens. I’d happily make a guess that no runner has ever followed a training plan perfectly, there are just so many variables that can get in the way. People pick up niggles, get sidelined, winter training usually means battling colds and the flu, sometimes we just don’t fancy it and of course there’s family time, work deadlines and holidays.....

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