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Benjamin Parkes
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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Benjamin Parkes
Spotting signs of Over Training and what to do about it!

Spotting signs of Over Training and what to do about it!

Hi Everyone,  What I wanted to touch on this week is overtraining. Could you be doing too much training? Are you feeling stressed out? Are you picking up injuries? Would you know how to spot the signs of overtraining? I don’t want this to be doom and gloom, but it’s important to know the symptoms, take necessary actions and then that way we can keep more people running happy and enjoying the sport!   Always a hot topic, so let’s get going! Overtraining, or doing too much running / exercise / strength etc, can actually lead to a loss of fitness as well...

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Benjamin Parkes
TAPERING ADVICE AND GETTING YOUR FINAL 3 WEEKS OF TRAINING RIGHT!

TAPERING ADVICE AND GETTING YOUR FINAL 3 WEEKS OF TRAINING RIGHT!

Hi Everyone! Tapering.. it's a word I'm sure most people have heard of, but what does it actually mean? We are now just 4 weeks out from the first of the major Spring marathons, so naturally I'm getting a lot of questions about the process, so here's my take on it and how to go about optimising your time between now and the big day! WHY TAPER? Quite simply, the aim of the taper is to reduce the accumulated fatigue in your body, while maintaining the fitness you've built up over your training cycle. It allows you to arrive on the start line...

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