Tag: training

Marathon Swims 2019 (1km swim)

Medals that made me: Katie Wright

GRTW swim strength coach, Katie Wright shares the lessons she has learned from her race experiences…including learning that swimming open water without a wetsuit is COLD… National Aquathlon Championships 2019 Lesson learned: Practise in race conditions and being good at one discipline does not translate to multi-discipline events are I entered this event off the back of three swimming pool-based events, the first of which I learned the hard way that you can’t – and most definitely should not, compete in an aquathlon wearing just a swimsuit; the run was a painful experience. So, turning up to the National Aquathlon

Continue reading

Four Ways to Stay Focused and Motivated

With shorter daylight hours, colder weather and no races, lockdown 2.0 is different from the first. Read our guide on how to stay fit, focused and kickass during lockdown and beyond Progressing and working towards a goal that matters is a hugely positive force. It is what helps us to get out of a warm bed to run on a dark morning, that keeps us on a horrible turbo session when our legs are screaming, and which helps us to push into an uncomfortable training zone, when it would be much easier to jog and watch the sun set. But

Continue reading
Menopause and running

Menopause and Performance: Navigating Hormonal Changes

Age doesn’t have to be a barrier to success in endurance sport. As women hit their forties and beyond, hormone changes during the peri-menopause and menopause can affect our body shape, performance, mind and soul – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Female athletes can achieve amazing performances in their forties plus, this October for World Menopause month we’ll show you how. Last year, Joan Benoit Samuelson 40 years after her record-setting 2:35:15 at the Boston Marathon took on the course again with the hope of finishing within 40 minutes of her original time. She succeeded, with a

Continue reading

Four Tips to Avoid Burnout and Ensure Training and Race Day Success

Autumn is often a time when we reset after a busy summer and set ourselves new race goals. But read this before you enter anything to ensure race day happiness Six months of lockdown, working from home (some with kids in tow), no holiday abroad and races cancelled, this September has seen an explosion in race sign ups in a bid to escape the inertia. In the desire to get out in the fresh air, have a target after being so long without a training motivation, thousands of us have entered endurance events that leave us little time to train.

Continue reading
Women on running track

3 Ways to Boost Your Motivation to Train

We all know that we should be training, but sometimes it can be hard to find the time or the motivation. If you’ve found yourself in a rut here are three easy ways to help you get back out there and reaching your goals. Many of us couldn’t wait to get out there and train post-lockdown, then suddenly autumn hit and we’re busier than ever. Whether you’ve been preparing for the kids going back to school or just coping with returning to semi-normal life it can leave us feeling unmotivated. 3 Tips to Get Motivated to Train: Get enough sleep Making

Continue reading

FAQ: V Ultra Alps

Entered our monthly or weekly challenge? Here’s the answers to the most regularly asked questions… Can I still register after August 1? Registration remains open until August 10th, so you can sign up for the monthly challenge or the weekly race which takes place between August 10-16th. Why is this event and training course free? We are doing this to raise money for Refuge and to increase women’s participation in trail running, along with boosting diversity. As such, we would rather participants shared their experiences with the hashtag #grtwrunhigh #grtwdiversity to inspire others. Do I have to track elevation? Monthly

Continue reading

Cycling through grief to adventure

Danielle Payton, 27, a teacher from Norfolk discovered cycling after losing her friend, Harry Uzoka to a senseless knife attack in 2018. Here she shares her adventure of cycling across five countries in five days. If someone had told me that at the age of 27, I’d be cycling across five countries in five days with only a spare change of shorts and an old pair of Converse for a change of clothes, having previously worked in high end fashion, I would have laughed. Yet, that is exactly what I decided to do last summer of 2019. Just 11 months

Continue reading

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

Continue reading
Orta San Guilio

GRTW Runderlust – our top travel bucket list races

Of course, the big Daddy of events in terms of marathon and race destinations this weekend is the New York marathon. But these less obvious events are just as incredible, if not more so as amazing places to visit Lake Maggiore Marathon, Half & 10k We’re big fans of events that offer a variety of distances, which means it’s suitable for a big group of different friends taking part. We are also rather partial to any events in destinations where the food is GREAT. The Italian Lakes offer so much, particularly Lake Maggiore, with its stunning little villages that hug

Continue reading

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

Continue reading