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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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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