The Road to Berlin… 
Had my first coached track session ever today with Fit.as. Practised warm up and technical drills followed by some benchmark speed 30m and 300m runs. Did the 300m in 46 seconds. 

 #running #runspiration #runblr #marathon #fitness

The Road to Berlin…
Had my first coached track session ever today with Fit.as. Practised warm up and technical drills followed by some benchmark speed 30m and 300m runs. Did the 300m in 46 seconds.

#running #runspiration #runblr #marathon #fitness

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What It’s Like to Run 242 Miles in 48 Hours on a 413m Track

This is quite simply incredible. Watch Traci Falbo set the world record, running 242.093 miles in 48 hours. Around a 413m indoor track.

That’s right, she ran around a running track for 2,880 minutes, completing more than 972 laps. If my sums are right , that’s around the 12 minute mile pace for two whole days.

Not one nice outdoors running track with stunning views like one of these either. It was in a dome.

It’s inspiring stuff albeit with a slightly chilling ending.

The fact that she’s overtaking people on her last lap is mind boggling. In fact after passing the 200 mile mark she apparently upped her pace, smashing out laps as fast as 2:06.

I’m not sure if that bell you hear is a last lap bell. But after all that exertion, you can only begin to imagine the emotion she’s feeling on that track as the guys try to encourage her to push on round for the last four minutes.

Next time I’m getting all whiney feeling the burn on a fast 10km, I’m going to have to ask myself some serious questions.

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fatgirlgetsfitatlast replied to your photo “Dear Tumblr, Please make it so that I can reply in stream or at least…”

Not sure about ‘in stream’ but you can reply to comments with xkit from the activity page…

So this is me using X-Kit to reply from the activity page on my dash but it still makes an entire new post on the blog. Makes it hard to reply without filling up people’s dashboards with replies. Most of the time you just want to be able to acknowledge people’s comments, dare I say it, a bit like Facebook or even the dreaded Twitter Favourite.

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whitneyrunson replied to your photo “A Silver NutriBullet for All Your Running Fuel Needs? The George…”

Forget the nutribullet. I’m more interested in the champagne/wine stash going on there.

Ha ha, might have given away too much there. Must be more careful where I snap the photos. Best champagne Nutribullet recipes anyone?

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runningonawhim replied to your post “The World’s Best Running Tracks”

The last one looks like Brigham Young University. Am I right?

I think you’re right looking. Cheers for the tip off.

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therunningevangelist:

Mo Farah:

Just keep running, running, running…
and sometimes it’s hard, but I wanna be a champion!

(via terrietanaka | Mo Farah for Nike Running - JUST DO IT)

Eat, sleep, run.

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The World’s Best Running Tracks

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1. Adidas HQ, Herzo, Germany

Watched from the stands by Adidas founder Adi Dassler himself, the track at the Adidas headquarters in Herzo is pristine. As you circle the track you can’t help feel like this statue sitting in the second row is assessing your every step. There’s no place to hide even when you’re training alone.

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2. Chamonix Athletics Track

Surrounded by the stunning trails of in the foothills of Mont Blanc, this running track has a lot of competition. Dragging people down from the hills is no easy feat but then how many running tracks can boast a glacier to stare at as you head down the back straight?

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3. Michael Johnson Track at the Nike HQ in Beaverton, Oregon

Possibly the most famous training track on the planet, the Michael Johnson track is unique, cutting through green forests it’s got trail run woodlands with the comforting familiarity of that running track surface under foot. It’s no suprise that Mo Farrah and Co love to train here.

(Source: HoorayRun)

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4. Brigham Young University, Utah

With snow capped mountains, big open skies and the brightest blue track this must be the closest you can get to the feeling you’re running on water. But does anyone know where this is?

(Source: thirtytwohundred, via runningismyboyfriend)

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A Silver NutriBullet for All Your Running Fuel Needs?
The George Foreman Grill, BulletProof coffee, the Cronut, there are some things everyone raves about so much that at some point you’ve just got to try them for yourself. The NutriBullet is one of these things.
Three months ago I’d never heard the word NutriBullet, next thing I know it’s coming up in conversations down the pub, TV slebs are referencing it all over the shop and even my sister has one to help sneak nutritious stuff into my nephew without him knowing.
So I decided it’s time for me to, ahem, bite the bullet. Or at last sip it’s green output slowly and see if it can help fuel my runs and recovery.
What’s So Good About the NutriBullet?
There are loads of food blenders and smoothie makers on the market but the Nutribullet is supposed to be better than most at “pulverising and emulsifying foods to access the hidden nutrition inside.”
According to the sales spiel it’s 600 watt motor combines with a unique cyclonic aciton to, “bust open seeds, crack through stems, shed tough skins and break down even the toughest ingredients.”
If that’s not enough it’s supposed to be three kitchen gadgets in one (say goodbye to your juicer, blender and food processor apparentyl) and it’s easier to clean. 
These are all pretty big claims that I’m looking forward to putting to the test.
But I Won’t Be Juicing Fruit
I’m not interested in the sugar hit of blitzed fruit juice, natural or not.
I am, however, intrigued by what it can do for my veg though, particulalry kale, broccoli and the like. A green ‘juice’ might well become part of my regular intake and I’m also looking forward to getting stuck into making soups when England turns all wintery.
It’ll also deal with nuts, seeds and avocados. I’m thinking this might be best way to get easy to digest natural, high protein post run goodness into my body as I train for the Marathon Des Sables (via the Berlin Marathon and the TCS New York Marathon).
So let’s give it a go. I’ll let you know if it ends up going the same way as the George Foreman, sitting in the back of the cupboard with a sad look on it’s grill.

A Silver NutriBullet for All Your Running Fuel Needs?

The George Foreman Grill, BulletProof coffee, the Cronut, there are some things everyone raves about so much that at some point you’ve just got to try them for yourself. The NutriBullet is one of these things.

Three months ago I’d never heard the word NutriBullet, next thing I know it’s coming up in conversations down the pub, TV slebs are referencing it all over the shop and even my sister has one to help sneak nutritious stuff into my nephew without him knowing.

So I decided it’s time for me to, ahem, bite the bullet. Or at last sip it’s green output slowly and see if it can help fuel my runs and recovery.

What’s So Good About the NutriBullet?

There are loads of food blenders and smoothie makers on the market but the Nutribullet is supposed to be better than most at “pulverising and emulsifying foods to access the hidden nutrition inside.”

According to the sales spiel it’s 600 watt motor combines with a unique cyclonic aciton to, “bust open seeds, crack through stems, shed tough skins and break down even the toughest ingredients.”

If that’s not enough it’s supposed to be three kitchen gadgets in one (say goodbye to your juicer, blender and food processor apparentyl) and it’s easier to clean. 

These are all pretty big claims that I’m looking forward to putting to the test.

But I Won’t Be Juicing Fruit

I’m not interested in the sugar hit of blitzed fruit juice, natural or not.

I am, however, intrigued by what it can do for my veg though, particulalry kale, broccoli and the like. A green ‘juice’ might well become part of my regular intake and I’m also looking forward to getting stuck into making soups when England turns all wintery.

It’ll also deal with nuts, seeds and avocados. I’m thinking this might be best way to get easy to digest natural, high protein post run goodness into my body as I train for the Marathon Des Sables (via the Berlin Marathon and the TCS New York Marathon).

So let’s give it a go. I’ll let you know if it ends up going the same way as the George Foreman, sitting in the back of the cupboard with a sad look on it’s grill.

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Inside the Adidas Innovation Labs at Herzo, Germany

In a sleepy town just outside of Nuremburg, Germany, there’s a team of people working hard to shoe Olympians, boot up World Cup winners and put the whites on the next Wimbledon champion. The same is happening in self-proclaimed weird town Oregon, in America

These are the global headquarters of Adidas and Nike respectively.

Granted, the people here aren’t just concerned with gold medals and sporting success, they’re working on making millions of dollars in product sales too.

One question I had when I visited both of these Meccas to sport was whether selling trainers to the masses and crafting kit for the pros can always go hand in hand. Does the demand for sales mean technical trickery is made up to shift product rather than improve performance?

Do a bunch of marketing men sit in a room and come up with sales concepts to help alleviate us of a hard-earned cash? Or do the guys in the labs genuinely discover innovations that can make Usain Bolt faster?

Like most consumers, I had my doubts. With five new buzz phrases for every pair of football boots or base layer that comes out of Three Stripe and Swoosh land, it’s easy to feel like you’re being sold, to doubt there’s any real science behind the buzz.

Having been lucky enough to wander around the Adidas Herzo campus and the Nike Oregon HQ, my scepticism has faded.

The most striking thing is not the technology in the innovation labs that measures every tiny detail of a sports person’s biomechanics. It’s not explanations of how the product development teams evangelise about how they’re working on finding a millimetre to make a running shoe more effective.

The thing that hit me was the fact that both companies live and breath sport. The facilities are second to none. Running tracks, football pitches and basketball courts are free for people to use. Employees are encouraged to be active, to immerse themselves in the activities their company creates products for.

"The best reason to be late for a meeting," one Adidas boss tells me, "is if you’ve just been for a run."

This sounds like the kind of place I’d like to work.

There’s a lot of criticism levelled against the big brands. People will question the motives and the effectiveness of every new fangled innovaton and it’s right that we pick apart their products.

It’s also sadly true that whether it’ll be Adidas, NIke, Asics or Under Armour who put the shoes on future world champions sadly hangs on the size of marketing budgets not just the quality of the products they produce, and certainly not all products that hit the shelves will genuinely help you or Usain Bolt go faster (I’m looking at you Adidas Springblades).

But one thing a trip to these two campuses does make it harder to do, is to question whether these brands have a committment to perfection in sport. After all, winning is the best advert.

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Running Food: Breakfast… Poached eggs with poached salmon flakes, spinach, beetroot and mixed nuts. #runningfood #healthyeating #paleo  #nutrition #eatright #breakfast

Running Food: Breakfast… Poached eggs with poached salmon flakes, spinach, beetroot and mixed nuts. #runningfood #healthyeating #paleo #nutrition #eatright #breakfast

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Running Food: Breakfast… Smoked salmon and poached eggs with spinach, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. #runningfood #food #healthyeating #paleo #diet #paleofood #eatright #eatwell

Running Food: Breakfast… Smoked salmon and poached eggs with spinach, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. #runningfood #food #healthyeating #paleo #diet #paleofood #eatright #eatwell

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Hey Kieran! So today I was supposed to run 35km. Aka the longest run before I start to taper for my first marathon on sept 7th. Unfortunately, I had quite a bad fall on some gravel and broken glass about 20km in lol. Cut up both my knees, my left shoulder and my left hand pretty badly and didn't finish the run. But now I’m not sure what to do. Do I try do this next weekend? Do I go out later and run 15km? Or do I go ahead with my taper as planned and try heal? Thanks :D
Kieran

Q: How close to a race can I do my last long run?

Manvmiles: Hi there. First up ouch! That sounds nasty. Poor you. Hope none of the knocks are too serious. 

I’d say the first thing is to heal. There’s no point exacerbating any injuries you may have picked up today that will hamper your running. So focus on patching yourself up.

See how you feel around Tuesday/Wednesday and if you’re ok to run again, I’d go back out and do your long run then but make sure your legs have fully recovered from today’s run too. 

That’ll still ensure you’ve got a good two and a half week taper. I think you could even get away with doing your long run up until two weeks before the race day. Some will argue you can go even closer and I was still clocking some fairly big runs up until the week before London back in April.

I think it’s important that your body knows it can handle the exertion of the longer run on a subconscious level. It’s also a big confidence builder knowing you’ve got that long run under your belt. So I will always try to get it done.

If you don’t do a long run there’s a danger that it’ll weigh on your mind on race day. Getting it done eliminates one of those ‘What ifs’.

Hope that helps and good luck with the rest of your training and the race.

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Dear Tumblr,
Please make it so that I can reply in stream or at least somehow acknowledge people who comment on posts so that they don’t think I’m a rude asshole.
Thanks.

Dear Tumblr,

Please make it so that I can reply in stream or at least somehow acknowledge people who comment on posts so that they don’t think I’m a rude asshole.

Thanks.

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I injured my groin, quad, to the knee. It's been rough haven't run more than 3 times in the last 3 weeks I have 58 days till my first marathon. Is it still possible?
Kieran

Q: How long do I need to train for a marathon? Is 58 days enough?

Manvmiles: This will depend a lot on your starting point. How far you were running before you got injured, what your running histoy is,what your physique is like and generally how fit you are.

Presuming the injury is fully gone, if you’ve got a good base level of endurance then I’d say it is possible to use the 58 days wisely to be ready.

If the furthest you’ve ever run is 6 miles then I’d question whether you’ll be ready.

You also have to ask yourself what your goals are. The fact is that most healthy people could step out tomorrow and cover 26.2 miles. It might take a long time but you could do it.

However, if you’re chasing a certain time then 58 days might not be enough.

If just getting round is your goal and you’ve got a decent endurance base then I think you still have time to fine tune a bit and get the job done.

If you’ve run marathons before, and recently, that will also help with some of the pyschological factors.

It’s important not to go crazy and cram miles in to make up for lost time. Be sensible about your weekly mileage and the intensity of your runs. Keep an eye on that injury. If you can get out a couple of 17-20 mile runs mixed with 2-3 regular 6-8 miles per week I think you’ve got a good chance.

But be realistic with your goals and listen to your body.

I wish you luck with it. Which race are you doing?

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Anonymous
Hi I have quadricep tendonitis. Do you have any tips on how to recover faster. Cross country season is starting and I really want to run, but I'm not sure it's a good idea.
Kieran

Q: How Do I Treat Quadricep Tendonitis?

Manvmiles: I’m really sorry to hear you’re struggling with injury. I wish I could help but this is a long way out of my expertise I’m afraid. I wouldn’t want to suggest something that could make things worse.

This guys seems to know his stuff though: How to Treat Quadricep Tendonitis.

Time to get the tennis balls out!!

In terms of running, I always err on the side of caution. No sense pushing it and making the injury worse. If in doubt, rest.

Good luck with it and hope you’re back in time for XC season.

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