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Meet the runners: Seb

Seb is the 2016 British 400m champion and has represented England/UK 12x, including at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is also the Sussex 400m and decathlon record holder. Training 6 times a week, Seb incorporates a variety of track, weights and bike workouts into his regime. A typical weak of training for Seb looks like this:  Monday - long warm up, hurdle walk overs, acceleration runs, sprint session, cool down. Tuesday - Bike, weight session, circuits, Bike Wednesday - warm up, 400m hurdle session, hurdle walk over, cool down Thursday - recovery day, grass runs, stretching, physio  Friday - bike, warm up, running drills, speed endurance session, hurdle walk overs, medicine ball throws Saturday - bike, weight session, 20 minute...

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Meet the runners: Jess

Meet Jess, a 100/60m hurdler we chose to showcase our new collection. Jess is the 2018 England 100m champion, she is ranked 5th in UK and has represented England 5 times. Achieving such feats requires 5-6 training sessions a week: 3 on the track and the remainder in the gym. Being a sprinter, training sessions are largely focused on working on explosive and high intensity training. Jess is also currently studying for a sports therapy degree and hopes to go on to complete a masters in osteopathy.  With such a packed schedule finding time to unwind is obviously important. For Jess this comes in the form of yoga, meditation and when she has the time a nice long walk.     ...

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JON O’HANLON: ADVENTURES ACROSS THE NAMIB PART 5 - Success and Performance

A quick note to add about the thinking and mental approach of all athletes from the pros to the first time runners entering their first half marathon.  People talk about success and performance and for each of these words you can find a number of different definitions. My favourite quotation on success comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, a reasonably long definition ends with the words, “… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded.” Performance does not necessarily relate to speed or position in the pack.  In the Namib Desert Challenge there were a number of participants who walked the entire way.  Was my performance any better than theirs because I...

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JON O’HANLON: ADVENTURES ACROSS THE NAMIB PART 4 - Preparation

I find that many people forget to do proper preparation and planning when they feel that their event is quite small, or when they are too familiar with what they do. When I coach people (life, leadership, and executive coaching) I take them through what I call a Life Sphere of all the ‘touch points’ that they have in their life.  There are 12 of these which apply pretty much to everyone, such as Living Conditions, Financial Status, and Health & Fitness. Some of the people that I coach are professional athletes and for them I have an additional 12 points that I work on with them. These points cover an athlete’s overall preparation for the event, their sport, and...

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Fiona English - How to start running

When my Mum was younger she would do anything to get out of playing sports. When I came along and turned out to be an outdoor loving runner my Mum used to describe my love of the outdoors as ‘the greatest failing in my upbringing’. Really the woman hated the idea of sport.  Then last year my mum, who has severe rheumatoid arthritis, got a diagnosis of scoliosis (a twisted spine) and got told that the only way to manage her condition was to do physio exercises and get herself fitter. On the road to recovery, my mum discovered that she quite liked exercise - after over 60 years of avoiding it - and last week she completed her 50th parkrun. ...

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