Coach Blog: Polarised Training (The 80/20 Method)

This blog discusses the use of ‘Polarised Training’ in distance running training. Many of you have probably heard of polarised training. Or the 80/20 method. This idea was popularised among runners by Matt Fitzgerald in 2014 in a book titled “80/20 running”. For those...

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The Kenya Experience December 2018 Write Up

The Kenya Experience: December 2018 Camp Summary The Kenya Experience Running Camp December 2018 saw 22 guests from all over the world  descend on the small rural village of Iten Kenya for two weeks of fun and hard training. With runners from as far afield as Canada,...

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Why should distance runners lift weights?

This blog discusses the use of weight training for distance runners. As a coach of an endurance sport, there are some questions I am often asked on the topic of weight training. Should distance runners lift weights at all? It does not look like something specific to...

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A Guide to Mid-Race Nutrition

This blog discusses marathon and road race fuelling strategies In this second part of a three part series on race day nutrition we look at consumption of carbohydrates during a race. Discussing whether or not you should take on fuel during your race and how best to do...

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Pre-Race Nutrition

This blog discusses pre-race nutrition for distance runners for improved running performance In a three part series, Callum looks at the art and science behind race day fuelling. Across the coming series we will look at fuelling strategies for pre-race, mid race and...

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Perceived Effort in Training

This blog discusses the use of perceived effort in training, comparing with the approach of elite athlete Eliud Kipchoge. Today I want to talk about the concept of percentage of effort in training, and explore some interesting ideas around this. For example how...

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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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