Tag: coaching

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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Girls Run the World Project Marathon?

Are you running London, Brighton, Paris or Manchester in Spring 2020? We are opening a limited number of slots on Girls Run the World Project Marathon, our online community coaching scheme that provides a 16 week training plan, and ongoing access to founder Rachael Woolston and head coach Tara Shannahan Crossing the finish line of a marathon is a journey that doesn’t begin on the start line, it begins right back when you start training in December. And it should be a rewarding experience where you learn more about your capabilities and develop, week by week. But all too often

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My marathon journey: from stroke to finish line

Lou Read, 36, a lawyer and mum of two, from Notts was a sub 20 minute Parkrun runner until she suffered a stroke last October which left her unable to walk or even talk. Almost a year on from the anniversary of her stoke, she shares the first of her monthly blog posts for Girls Run the World, charting her training and return to the London Marathon in April 2020.  The marathon and I have unfinished business. After dropping from a time of 3hrs, 26minutes to 3hours, 13minutes between 2016 and 2017, I gave training for the London Marathon 2018

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Knee pain explained – and three ways to train your way out of pain

Knee pain can take many women out of action, from beginners to seasoned female athletes. Here’s what causes it and what you can do to prevent – or recover from it…. All too often, we push through knee pain, pushing it away thinking that it will go away or that the pain is just in our head. But when it turns into a persistent, dull nagging ache, sharp pain or even feels like ground glass under the kneecap, you know that the situation is going to need more than just taking ibuprofen.  Here we explain the mechanisms behind knee pain and

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Run Foraging: The ultimate mind switch off

Autumn is one of the best times for foraging runs, where you can head off around your city or up on the trails with a backpack and return laden with this season’s fantastic fruits. From crab apples to the sweet, tart taste of an English apple, and from blackberries to figs, mushrooms to sloe berries, it is amazing what you can find once you look out for them. And that’s true whether you live in the city or the country. In fact, a great resource to find things in London are the Fallen Fruit maps, created by Californian based artists,

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5 Ways to Return to Running Fitness Successfully

After the long hazy days of summer with no training structure, it can be tempting to rush back to running and overdo it. STOP! First, read our guide to getting back to race sharpness swiftly, safely and without adding stress to an already busy life. Words & Pictures: Sarah Shaw As we dash around, dusting off our work-life juggling skills, getting kids sorted for school while attempting to relocate our hole-free work tights from the back of drawers, it will hit many of us how much we’ve let our running fitness go. But there’s no need to panic, as the new season is a

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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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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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