Runderlust Marathon Inspiration

Every weekend, we bring you details of some of the most runderlust races around the world  If you live in the UK, it can sometimes seem like marathon races all but stop in the summer. But this is when some of the most interesting races begin to happen elsewhere in the world.  If you’re a true girl that runs the world, and love travelling as much as you love running or triathlon, then here’s some races to whet your appetite. They’re all part of the accredited Association of International Marathons Association, so they’re good races, well organised.  Fancy somewhere in

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How to get a place at the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc

This weekend is the grand dame of ultra racing, the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, a 170km race which in over 10,000 metres of climbing, starting in the beautiful French ski resort of Chamonix.  Why do it? For the sheer beauty of the event, the incredible atmosphere and the challenge that sees you going from tiny mountain villages and high altitude passes where snow still clings to the rocks and supporters cheer you on, to rocky trails under a starlit sky where there is nothing but your own tired mind willing you to carry on and finish the race. The fastest

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Four Ways to Improve your Running Technique

Here at Girls Run the World, we really love the NowTV show, Little Big Lies.  And it’s great that we see the three main female leads, played by Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Jane Chapman running, particularly the scene in Series One where they all run down the beach together. It illustrates the solidarity, support and mental space that running brings, particularly when you go out for a run with friends. But…and we hate to say it, you can also learn a lot from this clip about how NOT to run if you want to move with good technique.  

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Find out how YOU could get a London GFA place

This week, Virgin London Marathon announced that a record number of applicants, 457,861 had registered for a place in the 2020 event. This is a 10.5 % increase on last year’s record. Yet with just 17,5000 places available (approximately), that’s going to be mean a lot of disappointed runners who be even less likely to get a ballot place than last year. But here at Girls Run the World, we could help you secure a good for age place with the right training*. Want to know whether you’re in with a chance, and if not, how you could be? All

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#grtwproject26.2 ‘It hurt but would I do it again? Yes!’

With less than a week before the London marathon, our #grtwproject26.2 runner, Rachel Sparkhall, who we coached for the Paris Marathon has these thoughts to share for those about to run their first marathon in London…   I sit here typing this as a marathon runner, feeling proud as punch even though the Paris marathon didn’t go quite according to plan.  Right from the start, my pace was off target but I kept calm because the training that I’ve done with Tara of Girls Run the World has taught me to hold a little back at the start and aim

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5 Ways to Tackle the Post marathon blues

You feel so fantastic after crossing that finish line of the marathon, and it tides you right through  to …ooh, about 24 hours later. Then the blues hit. Here’s our guide on how to avoid it –  After spending 12 to even 20 weeks training for a marathon, and pretty much the last fortnight leading up to the marathon obsessing over every little detail, it’s small wonder that the majority of runners spend the next week feeling really down. It’s partly because you are left with a huge vacuum where all that training and obsessing used to sit in your diary

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#grtwproject26.2 ‘I said never again but….’

With just two weeks to go before the Virgin Money London Marathon, our project26.2 first time marathon runner, Catriona Ward Sell reflects on the unexpected discoveries she’s made on her marathon training journey….   Easy running is difficult! Tara, my coach at GRTW, has probably found my tendency to run too fast concerning. Maybe I can contain my pace on the day – but maybe I can’t. I know she’s right, though; blowing out on pace early on at London will mean disaster. I take encouragement from the fact that I managed my pace well in the Oundle 20 miler

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#grtwproject26.2 ‘Five things that have helped me through the taper terrors.’

If you’ve still got a few weeks before your marathon, read about how our #grtwproject26.2 runner, Marie Knight coped with her first experience of marathon tapering Reviewing all that I’ve achieved Looking back at my training plan on Training Peaks, which GRTW use for virtual coaching, along with my weekly updates on  Instagram has helped reinforce how prepared I am for this race…and how far I’ve come in 13 weeks. Six miles felt like a Long Run in the week after Xmas and soon I will be running 26.2 miles Yin Yoga Despite my doubts about this yin yoga at

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#grtwproject26.2 ‘I’ve gone vegan while marathon training.’

In this month’s blog, #grtwproject26.2 runner, Catriona Ward-Sell, explains how changing her running technique is helping her run..and the big change to her nutrition When training for a marathon, it’s easy to let an obsession with stats and goals touch every part of your life. ‘Will I finish work in time to get my long run in? Will these biscuits I’m eating fuel or hinder tomorrow’s paces? Should I take my foam roller to the cinema with me?’  I have also been thinking about how my running fits into the bigger picture of my life, health, and the world around me.

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