Tag: marathon

Virtual London Marathon

Race Review: Virtual London Marathon

For the first time in its history, the London Marathon invited participants to run the marathon their way, running virtually alongside 45,000 runners up and down the UK – and across the world. Jennifer Glass, 52, shares her experience of this historic event with us. The event was like nothing else I’ve ever done! The race required you to plan your own route, decide your own start time and organise all the logistics involved in running 26.2 miles that are usually handled for you. There was no expo but equally, there wasn’t a portaloo queue! I found comfort in being

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We celebrate the women who inspire us

On this International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the trail blazers across running and triathlon, and pledge to work towards bringing gender parity in race participation and coaching In 1967, Katherine Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Her coach at that time said women were ‘too fragile’ to run marathons, while a race official tried to bundle her off the course. Katherine not only finished the race, but many more subsequent races and paved the way for many other women to compete too. Katherine has since set up 261 Fearless to encourage more women in running.

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Join our global women’s running challenge this January

Join our global running fitness challenge this January 2020 to empower women worldwide – and boost your health, fitness and running mojo while you are at it! You know January is usually a time when you feel a bit, ‘meh.’ You’ve probably overindulged, the twinkling festive fairy lights have been taken down, and you often feel unmotivated, unfit and definitely not on your game! #GRTWRunuary2020 will prevent all of those feelings, leaving you filled with positive energy. Our January running challenge for all women inspires and motivates you to get moving every day of the month. It doesn’t matter if

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GRTW Runderlust – this weekend’s bucket list races

Exploring the world and the people who live in it through running is a great way to travel. Here’s our pick of this weekend’s inspirational destinations Valencia Marathon There are few places where you can enjoy amazing food, a great city to explore, great weather and a PB worthy course as Valencia. We are big fans of this Spanish city with incredible restaurants and trendy cafes in the funky neighbourhood of Rusafa, as a running destination. In 2020, we will be again taking a trip there and running a special Project Marathon training group for this winter race (view our

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Transform your running tech with one simple tip

Want to avoid injury and improve your running speed and efficiency? Just follow this one simple tip… and it has nothing to do with doing speed sessions!  There is so much written on the internet, discussed on long, boring podcasts and ruminated over in research papers and magazines about running technique. But try this one simple tip and it will transform your running. The secret? Run silently Take out your headphones and start tuning into the sound of your feet as they hit the pavement, road or trail. If you can hear them, change it. Stride so quietly and carefully

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What to do if you didn’t get a London Marathon ballot entry

Have you been disappointed in not getting an entry to the 2020 London marathon for the first/fifth/tenth time? If you want to increase your chances of getting into London 2021 WITHOUT having to enter the ballot or get a charity place, read on our advice about how to go about it… Get a good for age marathon place WAIT! Before you dismiss this out of hand as ludicrous, reflect on this; one of our coaches here, Tara, ran her first marathon at 4 hours 48 minutes, no where near a good for age place.  She also had no history of

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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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Ever heard of competitive stranger syndrome?

Thud, thud. Huff, puff, Thud, thud, Grunt. Many of us have experienced it – the unwelcome sound of footsteps gaining on you, then that sideways ‘Beat you!’ glance as they pass. As you resist the urge to proclaim; ‘Hang on buster, I’m on a training run! (or a treadmill!) – this isn’t a race! And by the way, I’ve just run xx sodding miles!’,  you might wonder what has got this guy or gal’s goat. The usual suspect is, more often than not, a relatively new runner or weekend warrior, whose ego is disproportionately tied up with running as fast

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3 reasons why you should use a kettlebell if you’re a female runner/triathlete

Nowadays, most female runners and triathletes understand the importance of strength training.  When it comes to kettlebells though, many baulk, anxious about it’s look, the movement pattern and potential impact on the back, along with not quite knowing what to do with it. But put that all to one side, because the kettlebell is the best bit of kit for women training for endurance running and triathlon, not just for the huge benefits it brings but for the fact that it saves SO much time.  In brief, a proper swing involves holding the kettlebell by its handle in both hands

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#grtwproject26.2 ‘Having a virtual coach keeps me accountable – and running even when I don’t feel like it’

The final of our four winners of #grtwproject26.2 winners, Rachel Sparkhall, 43  reveals how accountability and b-run-ches have been so important for the first four week block of her Paris Marathon training… Race: Schneider Paris Marathon Target: 3  hours, 59 minutes I read a quote this week, ‘the marathon is the victory lap’ and this struck a chord – it will be the culmination of 14 + weeks of not only running an amazing amount of miles but also the thinking time and juggling of work/life as well – I think the mantra ‘this is the victory lap, enjoy it’

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