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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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Benjamin Parkes
TRAINING HASN’T GONE EXACTLY TO PLAN?? HERE’S MY TAKE ON WHAT TO DO NOW..

TRAINING HASN’T GONE EXACTLY TO PLAN?? HERE’S MY TAKE ON WHAT TO DO NOW..

My inbox is getting very full with questions from runners who have had various issues during their training and are now worried they won’t hit their goal time for the race. Injuries, missed runs, motivation, lack of time.. there’s lots of reasons why.. but it doesn't have to be doom and gloom and you can still have a great race! So if you feel you're training hasn't quite gone to plan, here’s my take on what to do between now and race day. - Firstly you are not alone! I guarantee there won't be a single person in the club, or...

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Strength Work for when we have no time.. Sprint Read!

Strength Work for when we have no time.. Sprint Read!

Hello Everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week of training and that you’re looking forward to a nice weekend long run! Plus maybe a Parkrun in the mix tomorrow? Next Monday I have an article all about motivation, with some tips and tricks for what to do if you’re struggling to get out the door.. which believe me happens to everyone! So stay tuned for that.  For this weeks sprint read I wanted to talk about a few ways of working on your strength routine. These are just some simple basic exercises which can be done from the comfort of your own...

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How fast can you run the marathon? How do you predict your race time? My quick guide..

How fast can you run the marathon? How do you predict your race time? My quick guide..

I hope everyone is having a great week of training! Half marathon season is nearly here, so lots of us will be racing and practicing for the big marathon day coming up. Good luck! I'll be at the Big Half next week, so come and say hi! For this weeks sprint read I wanted to have a quick chat about working out your goal pace. How do you know how fast you might be able to run on the day and what pace to set off at. Unless you are a complete new runner, you’ll likely have some race times, even if...

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