As we approach London Marathon on the 22 April 2018, Keith Park reflects on running the race in 2016.
Only after becoming injured and unable to run for 3 months did I gain a glimpse of what truly lies at the heart of parkrun. It is so much more than obsessing over how many regional parkruns you have visited, compiling pie charts of your running statistics, shaving precious seconds off your best times or the urge to beat that smug runner who always manages to pip you at the finish line. It’s all about the magic that goes on behind the scenes to make parkrun the global phenomenon that it has become today.
Being an injured runner has given me A LOT of time to think. I have been thinking about how ignoring my body exacerbated the problem and how the little voice inside our heads can both help and hinder us as runners. That little voice is what motivates us and potentially what holds us back.
I have been a runner for over a decade. In all those years, I have never been unable to run due to injury. I have taken breaks to have my children and I have had periods where I lost my mojo and just didn’t feel like it. This is the first time I have been told not to run.
On a typical off-road run you might find yourself crossing fields, climbing over stiles, leaping over tree roots, scrambling up steep hills and negotiating uneven paths through the woods. This is different to the type of running we do over the winter months and can sometimes be daunting to beginners. Here are a few things to bear in mind that might help with off-road training sessions.
Philip Ramsden shares his thoughts on the practicalities of marathon training after his latest marathon effort at Windermere (Brathay).
Ian Taylor looks at the pros and cons of taking on a marathon and shares his personal insights.
Every runner - from beginner to veteran experiences a feeling of dread when they hear the word "hills". The trick with hill running is to feel strong and confident; not just about running up them, but coming down them too.
Track sessions are a fantastic way of introducing variety into your weekly schedule. There is no other environment that is better suited to the high-intensity interval workouts that are an essential part of every runner's training. Track training is undeniably one of the most effective ways to improve your running performance.
As a new runner, it can often be hard to motivate yourself to stick with it, especially if you have missed a few sessions or you feel like you’re not making enough progress. Here are a few tips that might help…