6 of the best virtual running events in 2020

Thanks to the rise in virtual running events, it’s now possible to take part in some of the world’s biggest running challenges online. In this blog I’d like to highlight some of the best virtual running events in 2020. If your race has been cancelled and you’re trying to isolate yourself, then a virtual running challenge like the ones listed below are made for you. All you need is a...

How to run your first 5k

Knowing how to run your first 5k is instinctive for a lot of people, but what if you have a 5k as your goal in the next few months? What do you need to know? I felt so incredibly proud of myself when I ran my first 5k all those years ago. All those months of runs and training had all paid off! I remember starting running back in 2008...

6 surprising ways to make running easier

how to make running easier

I often get asked how to make running easier. If you’ve just started out on your running journey and you’re wondering if it will ever get easier, then my advice to you would be to stick with it!  When you start out, it will likely feel like a struggle because you’re yet to build your aerobic endurance, stamina, strength and speed.  As with anything, running takes practice and more importantly...

Running on a treadmill: How to run on a treadmill without falling

running on a treadmill

Not every runner is a fan of running on a treadmill. Despite its reputation, running on a treadmill can actually be really beneficial your training.  If you can’t always get outside to go for a run, or if you prefer running in a gym for safety reasons, then running on a treadmill is a great alternative. It can be scary though if you’re used to running on a treadmill.  From...

8 safety tips for running in the dark

running in the dark

It’s that time of the year again – the seasons are changing and the days are unfortunately getting shorter. Which means more running in the dark! Your morning or evening run, once done in the sparkling sunshine, is now shrouded in darkness. If you’re lucky, you get the remnants of the day in the form of a beautiful purple sky – one of the best things about running in Autumn...

What to do after Couch to 5k

Couch to 5k is a fantastic programme that helps you run a 5k in less than 10 weeks. For many runners, it’s their first taste of running.  What makes the Couch to 5k programme so great is that it gradually eases you into running and gets you used to running longer distances as the programme progresses. Many runners fall in love with the programme because there’s absolutely no pressure to...

How to fit a run into a busy schedule

run busy schedule

One of the biggest challenges for a lot of runners is fitting a run into a busy schedule. Between working a full time job, looking after a young family and other commitments, finding time to run almost seems impossible.  Not having enough time to run is one of the most common complaints I hear from my clients and prospective clients. Here’s the thing. We always have time for something that’s important...

Find your ‘why’: How to run with purpose and get the most out of your training

Everyone has their ‘why’ that inspires them to do something time and time again. Purpose and action go hand in hand to create something meaningful.   In order to become a better runner and get the most out of your training, it’s important to understand your ‘why’.  Many people battle against themselves to establish healthy habits or achieve their goals. Inner conflict can be largely avoided if you work with, rather than...

How to run a 5k in 25 minutes or less

Being able to run a 5k in 25 minutes or less is a common running goal for a lot of runners who have a few races under their belt. There’s a decent amount of training that needs to go into your training plan in order to get you where you want to be. When I first started running all those years ago, 5k was a distance that I enjoyed building...

Thoughts while running: 45 thoughts every runner has while out for a run

I have many thoughts while running. After all, it’s just you and your mind for well over half an hour. Running offers you that much needed peace and quiet, away from our modern lifestyles. Wow, what a beautiful day for a run. Oh my gaaadddd I’ve been running for less than 1 minute and I already feel out of breath. This feels awful! My body just doesn’t want to run...