Goal setting for 2021- challenging yourself during challenging times

2020 has been a tough year for us all. For many, just navigating our way through all the uncertainty has been a priority and any running, swimming, cycling or fitness goals we might have had, have been forced to take a backseat as we adjusted to a new normal. If like me, you’re really feeling ready to bid farewell to 2020 and looking ahead to 2021 you might be thinking about goals and what to aim for. It is likely 2021 will be another challenging year and goal setting might look a little different. … More Goal setting for 2021- challenging yourself during challenging times

Some running ‘session’ terminology explained

Whether you’re new to running or a more seasoned runner, the idea of running sessions and the terminology around these can be a little alien and often somewhat confusing. From tempo runs to strides, to base runs to jeffing- there is a lot of jargon out there and navigating through it is sometimes a little baffling. There is nothing scary about ‘sessions’ and they aren’t something reserved for elite or ‘fast’ runners, we can all do them and we can all benefit from them- they are simply a way of categorising runs within your training based on their purpose, intensity or duration. One of the biggest advantages of doing different running sessions is the variety it can bring to your running. This in turn helps you develop as a runner, strengthens your cardiovascular system and muscles, avoids repetition- which can keep boredom and injuries at bay and gives you a chance to find what aspects of running you enjoy. Whether you do or don’t embrace a variety of running techniques, it doesn’t determine your ‘worth’ as a runner- remember we are all runners no matter how far or fast. But if you’re curious, read on- at least then you’ll be able to hear the word fartlek and not uncontrollably laugh. … More Some running ‘session’ terminology explained

Timesaving hacks when juggling a hectic training schedule

One thing I’m frequently asked is how I balance training for multisports- so swimming, cycling, running, strength training and finding time to rehab, alongside working a 40 hour week, commuting (pre-COVID) and being a functioning human being. The answer is training smart, but also checking in on yourself and making sure that whilst you may be trying to cram it all in, you’re realistic and remember to give yourself a break. Here are some timesaving hacks and essential things to consider when trying to juggle a hectic training schedule … More Timesaving hacks when juggling a hectic training schedule

Top tips for new runners

2020 has seen a boom in people taking up running- largely due to periodic lockdowns and closures to gyms and fitness classes. Running has many excellent health benefits, both physical and mental. Physically, running can improve your cardio-vascular fitness, strengthen muscles, help maintain a healthy weight and also build strong bones. Running also helps improve our mental health, and for many is used as a way to de-stress, experience nature and the great outdoors and provide resilient coping mechanisms which are vital during this uncertain period. But where on earth do you begin? Especially when usual entry networks such as parkrun and running clubs are suspended? Here are my top tips for newbie runners … More Top tips for new runners

5 ways in which time outdoors can improve mental wellbeing

The benefits of exercising or spending time outdoors are apparent in a wide range of literature and pages on the internet, but why is being outside associated with wellbeing? Exposure to greenspace can promote reduced risks of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, but greenspaces are becoming increasingly associated with mental health benefits and advantages to our greater wellbeing. Here I share 5 ways in which time outdoors can improve mental wellbeing. Please note this is a discussion piece and not here to replace advice from medical professionals. … More 5 ways in which time outdoors can improve mental wellbeing

Safety tips for winter running

Winter running throws up many challenges, gone are the long summer days and for many this means training after dark. Sometimes I feel frustrated that I have to think about (or in this case write) about staying safe when running in the dark, we should be able to run and be safe, but the sad reality is that safety is paramount, especially as the days get shorter. This winter will bring extra challenges of balancing social distancing and safety. So if you’re already thinking ahead to winter running here are some of my top tips … More Safety tips for winter running

Fuelling your summer training and adventures

As warmer weather approaches fuelling becomes an even more critical part of our running and sporting lives. It is important to ensure we are still maintain an adequate supply of carbohydrates to fuel our summer training adventures and stay hydrated too. With this in mind, I have teamed up with NHS Dietitian and good friend Livvy Mason to share some of her top summer nutrition tips. … More Fuelling your summer training and adventures

Uploading your Garmin runs to Strava in 5 easy steps (Windows and macOS)

Garmin users worldwide are facing the existential crisis of, ‘if it’s not on Strava did it really happen?’ as the popular Garmin Connect interface has been down for maintenance since late last week. Whilst many of us will be satisfied with checking stats on the watch itself (or not checking at all) for the Strava junkies here are 5 easy steps for manually uploading data without Garmin Connect. … More Uploading your Garmin runs to Strava in 5 easy steps (Windows and macOS)