How to carb load for a marathon – the latest research

I know this is a bit late for most people (as I write the New York marathon is a few days away) because the long autumn marathon season has all but finished. I’ll revisit the topic next spring.

The nutitional zeitgeist at the moment seems to be directing us towards eating fewer carbs and more protein so that our carb: protein:fat ratio is 40:30:30. 

Recovery: why does it take so long? Part 1

Massage clients and members of WADAC (Winchester & District AC, where I’m a coach) will know that I’m very keen on recovery – enough of it and the right kind.

Many a WADAC runner has been told off (sorry chaps!) for turning up to a club track session too soon after running a race hard. 

Ironman nutrition update: I might have got it right at last

A huge part of ironman racing – or any ultra endurance event – is nutrition.  If you can’t fuel yourself properly during the race either you won’t complete it or you’ll be in a bad way once you do finish.  Unfortunately, despite doing all the ‘right’ things during training for all three of the iron distance events I’ve done, 

Marathon Talk: a great running podcast

When I do my long runs I tend to listen to podcasts or audio books rather than music.  And since I discovered Marathon Talk, presented by Martin Yelling (husband of Liz) and Tom Williams, I actually look forward to long runs more, because I can listen to their weekly updates and chatter. Sad, but true!

Countdown to a spring marathon – ten ways to keep on the right side of injury

Spring marathon season is upon us.  As I write it’s Rome tomorrow, four weeks Paris and Rotterdam, five weeks from London and six from Manchester.

Judging by the legs and the stories of a  few of my massage clients recently, people are definitely at the tricky stage of marathon training when you’re on that knife edge between being in the form of your life…

More lessons from Lanzarote – peaking and getting greedy

On the training camp we had a couple of lecture/Q&A sessions. One focussed on periodisation and peaking properly for a handful of specific targetted races during the year rather than bumbling along without any focus, never really switching off the effort but also never really giving one or two races your full attention to get a really cracking result.

Calling all runners in Winchester!

Just in case you’re reading this and you live in or around Winchester, you might be interested in this.

I’m an endurance running coach at Winchester & District AC (WADAC) and we’re about to make a real effort to attract a broader range of runners to the club. We want to make sure everyone feels they have a place there –

Cramp – youch

I’m still smarting from another failed attempt at going sub 4 at the Amsterdam marathon last month.

Conditions were perfect.  I was uninjured, had dropped about half a stone, had been strength training at the gym once a week, doing weekly pilates for that essential core strength and had had a great training period hitting all my target paces.

The wonders of ice

Am tiptoeing round my niggly knee at the moment. I’ve officially started my Amsterdam Marathon training programme – but have started it with a dodgy knee which isn’t great.  I’ve put the problem down to stomping round a conference last week for a day… wearing heels.  Not very high heels, but by the end of the day a perfectly good knee was feeling fragile.