What running gear do I need?
Feb03

What running gear do I need?

If you’re thinking of taking up running, or have recently started running, you might be wondering what running gear you need. (Running is great exercise for lockdown – it’s outdoors and completely free. There’s no worries about the gym or the pool being closed, and transmission of Covid-19 outdoors is much lower than indoors) In actual fact, if you’re just starting out, there is only one thing you need:...

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The trail shoes
Feb17

The trail shoes

A couple of years ago, I hadn’t heard of trail running or trail shoes. I was aware that some people liked running through the countryside, but if you’d asked me what that was called, I would have definitely said ‘cross country’. (To be fair, there are still cross country competitions for adults out there. They tend to be for good club runners, rather than mere mortals.) I didn’t know that running through...

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How much does it cost to run a marathon?
May28

How much does it cost to run a marathon?

Running is really one of the cheapest forms of exercise there is. There’s no gym membership to pay, no expensive equipment to buy and you don’t even have to waste petrol driving there. All you need is a pair of running trainers – and you can get a basic pair for about £30. You don’t even need proper running clothes, although most people prefer them. There’s nothing to stop you from running in an old pair...

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Tewkesbury half marathon trainers trouble
May22

Tewkesbury half marathon trainers trouble

I knew my running trainers didn’t have much life left in them, so I told myself I would get a new pair as soon as I’d run the Tewkesbury half marathon. What I SHOULD have told myself is that I would get a new pair as soon as I started training for the half marathon. Just over two weeks before the race, holes appeared in my trainers. The holes went all the way through. My foot was being forced towards the holes, putting...

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Me and my running wardrobe
May18

Me and my running wardrobe

I’m always surprised these days when I see just how much running kit other runners have. These are mainly people who have only been running a few months, yet they have a far bigger running wardrobe than I do! Maybe having nice things to wear for running is a motivation? For me, what I wear when running has never been a big deal. As long as it keeps me warm enough or cool enough, I don’t much care what it looks like, which...

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