Home workouts for runners: Exercises you can do in your living room 

No access to the gym? If you’re stuck at home but would like to keep up with your strength training routine, the good news is there are many exercises you can do in your living room.  Running is so much more than just running. In order to become a better runner, run faster and stronger for longer, you need to be dabbling in ancillary work like strength training.  Strength training...

5 essential hip flexor stretches for runners

Hip flexor stretches for runners are important to keep you running strong. Your hip flexors can often become tight, so it’s important you include a stretching routine as part of your training plan. What are your hip flexors important when running? Hip flexors help contract and pull the thigh towards the torso, allowing you to bring your knee towards your chest as you run.  When you run, you regularly shorten...

5 best home gym equipment essentials for runners

If you struggle to go to the gym, then the easiest way to strength train is from the comfort of your own home. The pieces of kit in this blog are considered the best home gym equipment essentials for runners. If you’re new to strength training, check out my essential strength training guide for runners.  Strength training is essential for becoming and staying a stronger and less injury-prone runner.  It...

How to avoid a side stitch when running

You know the feeling, you’re out for a run and everything feels great. You’ve completed your warm up, the weather is perfect for running, you feel good. And then you get a side stitch. A side stitch when running can be very unpleasant.  The stabbing pain beneath your ribs is probably not unfamiliar to you.  Although a side stitch is harmless, it can be enough to slow you down or...

Strength training: A complete guide for runners

strength training for runners

Strength training for runners is essential for anyone looking to run faster and get stronger. Once you feel like you’re ready to step up your training and you’d really like to achieve a PB in your next race, consider adding strength training into your training routine. But what exactly is strength training? In this post, I’d like to explain a few key points when it comes to strength training for...

The best cool down stretches to do after a run

A proper cool down is essential to help you stay injury free. But what are the best cool down stretches after a run? When you finish a run the temptation is to just end it and sit down and rest. While sitting down on the sofa and glugging down a big glass of water sounds ideal after your run, skipping a proper cool down could end up making you feel...

6 injury prevention strategies for pain free running 

There’s nothing more annoying and disheartening for a runner than pain. Pain can stop you in your tracks or it can be chronic – starting small and gradually getting worse over time.  The last thing a runner wants or needs is an injury. But with these injury prevention strategies you can learn how to stop injuries in the first place and have more pain free running.  There are many common,...

5 recovery tips after a long run

recovery tips after a long run

Running can be hard on the body, especially if you’re running for more than an hour.  However, long runs don’t have to take a toll on your body if you take the necessary steps to rest and recover after your run. Here are my top 5 recovery tips after a long run. Cool down A proper cool down after a run is just as important as a warm up. Whilst...

Proper arm swing while running and ways to improve it

Your arm swing is incredibly important when it comes to running. Proper arm swing for runners help to stabilise and balance your body and help to dictate your pace and overall rhythm.  Think about it. Have you ever tried running with your arms straight down by your sides. Feels weird right?  Equally, try sprinting on the spot but keep your arms swinging at a slow pace. It just doesn’t feel right. ...

HIIT: The complete guide for runners

HIIT is by far one of my favourite types of workouts. There are many HIIT workouts for runners out there which are fun, versatile and challenging! Even better, they can be done anywhere! It can take as little as 15 minutes to complete a workout so it’s great if you lead a busy lifestyle. But what exactly is HIIT?  You’ve probably heard the term banded around the fitness world over the...