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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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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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