Lessons from an elite coach – The importance of inspiration

This blogs talks about importance of motivation and inspiration in distance running. From early 2011 until the end of 2013 I had the privilege of working alongside Coach Renato Canova with some of the best Marathon runners in the world. As his Assistant Coach I had...

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A Personal Reflection on a Training Camp in Iten

This blog is a personal account of Callum's training camp in Iten, with friends and training partners Jonny, Andy and Will. This blog is co-authored by Callum and Jonny. Most runners have heard of Iten. They’ve seen ‘The Sign’ – “WELCOME TO ITEN, HOME OF CHAMPIONS”....

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Use of Stretching for Distance Runners

This blog talks about the use of stretching for distance runners. One of the questions I get asked very often is: What is the use of stretching? Or put in another way: Do you believe stretching is good for runners? It’s not easy to give a very short answer to that,...

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Hill Sprints for Distance Runners

This blog discusses the use of Hill Sprints in training for distance runners. Hill Sprints were first introduced to me when I was coaching Kenyan runners with Renato Canova. Our group included Florence Kiplagat (2xWorld Half Marathon Champion and former World Record...

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Downhill Running Tips

This is a short blog on how to improve your downhill running technique and how to utilise the downhill sections of a race to your advantage. One aspect of your running which can quite readily be quickly and vastly improved is downhill running. I was often left...

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The importance of rest and recovery for runners (Part 2)

This blog focuses on recovery for runners. This is part two of a two part series on adaptation to training and recovery for distance runners. You can find part one here. As a follow up to my blog on the adaptation process, I now want to look at 3 distinct periods of...

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The importance of rest and recovery for runners (Part 1)

This blog focuses on the importance of rest and recovery for endurance runners Whether you are new to running or you have thousands of miles under your belt, getting everything right in training is a real challenge. Developing a program which works for you, fits your...

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Top tips for new runners to improve

This blog gives 10 detailed tips to help newer runners who want to improve  Consider what your goals are: This is an important place to start for runners of any ability. Whether your long term goal is to complete a 5km or run a PB time in the marathon, setting...

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The Art of Relaxed Running

This blog talks about the importance of staying relaxed during endurance running I’ve been fortunate to have trained with various groups of elite runners in Iten Kenya and the surrounding areas all made famous for their high altitude training camps. I noticed several...

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