Category: THINK

News Release: Who are the fastest women in the UK?

On 30th May, we challenged over 1800 women to race for Team North or South over 5km and see who was the fastest… For thirty days, 1766 women challenged themselves to improve their running technique, efficiency and speed over 5km with the Girls Run the World 30 Day Race Shape Challenge (usually £50, it was free during Covid to help raise money for Refuge). A further 89 women signed up for the final showdown, Queens of Speed North vs South virtual 5k challenge on 30th May. 40.2% ran for Team North, 59.8% for Team South. And the winners were… Team South, with an

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Letting go of event goals during Covid-19

Leanne Fullwood, 32, a critical care nurse from Birmingham explains how she has coped with letting go of training and endurance fitness during Covid-19 I’ve been a runner since university and a triathlete for five years, having done a full Ironman in 2018 and seven half distance triathlons of 70.3 distances. I love it but juggling three sports, rather than just running is tricky at the best of times. With the restrictions on exercise during Covid-19, adding to my role in nursing, I’ve had to learn to adapt and let go of worrying about loss of fitness and the disappointment

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11 life positive tips for getting through Covid-19

Feeling anxious and out of control due to the corona pandemic? Katherine O’Hara, 43, life coach, mum of two and former professional Ironman athlete, gives her tips on how to survive the uncertainty positively Having never experienced a pandemic like the Corona virus in my lifetime, all I know is that, much like an endurance event we are going to have to pace ourselves and break it down into steps that we know that we can achieve. The only difference is, we do not know where the finish line will be and that line keeps moving. The challenge is different

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Julie Carter, has now been running for over 1500 days without a break

How does a running addict survive Covid-19 in France?

Bad enough not to be able to run, when you’ve been on a running streak for five years. Here, Julie Carter, tells us how she is coping with the restrictions lockdown in France. As told to Saffi Leigh. How does a run addict survive COVID-19?? My name is Julie, and I’m an addict… A running addict. If someone had approached me and told me that I had an addiction, I would have laughed in their face. Me an addict? Don’t be silly. Like every addict I was still in the self-denial phase. It has taken COVID-19 to make me wake

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How to keep strong and motivated during Covid-19

With events being cancelled and talk of gym closures, it can be easy to lose perspective. Here’s our guide to staying strong, mentally and physically with online training options during the coming weeks and months of uncertainty Change your target event From London to Paris, Manchester to Madrid, the big name road races have all been cancelled, along with many Ironman 70.3 races. We’re sure more will follow suit, but that doesn’t mean you have to panic. We all like to have goals to keep ourselves motivated, and we’ve been working hard with our remote clients across the UK and

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Poor recovery strategies could sap your will power?

Countless studies have suggested that the harder we train without sufficient recovery, the more it saps our will power, leading to us choosing immediate reward rather than delaying it. A recent study published by French researchers in the the journal, Biology Letters studied 37 serious triathletes, half of whom increased their training load by 40 percent for a three-week period. At the end of this, they completed a series of decision-making tasks in a brain scanner. The overtrained athletes all chose immediate rewards – for instance £10 now rather than £50 in six months. ‘What does this have to do

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Are you a mind or soul athlete?

Being aware of what drives you, will help you to plan and choose which are the right types of events to enter and the best way to train for them If you were to think of well known athletes, who would you think of who is someone who is a mind athlete, someone who pushes through using the power of the mind, who is probably always breaking down the numbers in their head, driven by the statistics? And on the flip-side, who looks like they do it for the heart-pumping, lung-burning joy of it? Paula Radcliffe and Chrissie Wellington are

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5 Ways to Build Bulletproof Good Habits

When it comes to embracing a life of healthy habits, forget willpower or having to ‘stick’ to anything. It’s all about finding your why…and rigging your environment! Discover your trigger, behaviour and reward Figure out these three things, and then set your home or work space up, so that your trigger is always visible if it is a positive thing, or hidden if it’s for negative behaviour such as eating lots of biscuits in the afternoon. For instance, when it comes to running, or working out regularly, your trigger could be a training plan pasted to your fridge door, or

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Lou Read recovering from a stroke out on a london marathon training run

My stroke anniversary hit me hard

Last October, Lou Read, 37, a laywer and mum of two suffered a stroke that left her unable to walk or talk. This is the second of her monthly updates exclusive for Girls Run the World about training for the London Marathon 2020 They say getting to the start line mentally and physically ready for a marathon is bigger than actually doing it. This I know is true, and it’s going to ring truer than ever for me this time as I train for the London Marathon. (Listen to our podcast with Lou about how a stroke transformed her life).

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Join us in inspiring your girls to be unstoppable this International Day of the Girl Child

October 11th marks International Day of the Girl Child. Join us this year in highlighting awareness of the day with #grtwunstoppable  October 11th marks International Day of the Girl , an initiative started  by Plan International, seven years ago to raise awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally.  It’s an initiative now supported by organisations around the globe, who call for a world where every girl can realise basic humans rights, such as to live free from violence, to attend and complete school, to choose when and whom she marries, and to earn equal pay for equal work.  Progress has been made but

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