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Benjamin Parkes
The mental side of dealing with injury.

The mental side of dealing with injury.

(reposted from 31st August 2017)   We all get injured, runners especially. The full weight baring nature of the sport means it’s inevitable that something will break down eventually, obviously sometimes you can be out for just a few days but at times it can be months or even longer. In my case I was having a fantastic year, during the first four months I’d averaged about 140km a week and hit the Spring marathon season pumped and ready to go. I had five marathons and a 100 mile ultra to do in 7 weeks and came out the other...

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Benjamin Parkes
Recovery Tips and Tricks

Recovery Tips and Tricks

Hello Everyone! I’ve made a quick fire list of some of the most common recovery options, some of these things I do, some I don’t.. however the aim is to give you some ideas for extra things you can build into your routine. I've listed the products I've mentioned here on Amazon (affiliate link, that helps support the site, at no extra cost)In no particular order, let’s go! Recovery Food Try to have something within 30 minutes of finishing your run, especially if you aren’t planning on eating a full meal for a few hours. Of course there are loads...

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Benjamin Parkes
Running in the HEAT!

Running in the HEAT!

The weather has been glorious in the UK recently and it's been lovely to get out in short sleeves and shorts for all those training miles. With some record breaking temperatures on the way, I thought I'd write a piece about running in hotter temperatures, staying safe and racing well. You might have an autumn marathon planned, meaning training through the summer. You might be heading off on a summer holiday soon, but still want to run when you're there, or simply have some summer races where you want to do well. So let's go! - In training run by effort,...

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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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