We're about to start week 4 of the runbritain marathon training programmes and there are 13 weeks to go until 36,000 runners get together on Blackheath to set off on that 26.2 mile journey. I have been watching and listening to those at my club who are resolutely following their programmes, logging the miles in their diaries and, in general, loving every minute of it. London fever has hit the group as they run together, compare notes and tick off the key sessions and races during their build up. I'm jealous! For many years my running focused around the London Marathon and so January to April was all about preparing for that one day and those 42 kilometres. On a trip down memory lane I dug out my old training diaries.
This article came out of a casual discussion with an athletics coach about the thought processes and behaviours exhibited and applied (or not!) by her athletes when ill or injured writes Oliver Johnston, personal trainer at OWJ Health and Fitness.
My Christmas Day run was one of the best of the whole year. For a start, the weather was positively balmy. (I'm so glad that I got out when I did as it's raining cats and dogs now!)
Hosting running races on roads, which remain partially open to traffic, are a challenge for race organisers to ensure the safety of all concerned with the race as well as those, such as other road users, who are not party to the event writes John Skevington of the runbritain Technical Group - Representing Clubs.
Yesterday was one of the most important dates on the cross country calendar for so many. Not only was it the trial for the European Championships for the high-performing athletes but it also incorporated the Mid Lancs League and the Liverpool and District League for club runners and all of the Primary Schools in Liverpool received a letter inviting them to take their young runners and introduce them to cross country.