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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Coaches Blog – Mental Preparation for Distance Runners

This blog talks about the importance of visualisation and mental preparation for distance runners.  An important part of race preparation is mental training. In the week leading into a competition, try to think consciously about the race once per day. Find a quiet...

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Diet of Kenyan Runners

This article will look at the diet of Kenyan runners. In 2016, 427 Kenyan runners achieved the Olympic qualifying criteria for the marathon. For years, athletes from across the globe have asked “why are the Kenyans so good?” Many have made the journey to Iten, Kenya’s...

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The Cool Down for Runners: What’s the Deal?

[Train the Kenyan Way Blog Series] Cool Downs In a recent 2 part blog series Callum and I investigated the oft misunderstood theory and practical implications of ‘recovery running’ for distance runners. We investigated what they are, why they are used, what the...

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The Running Jigsaw – Do all your pieces fit together?

‘The Running Jigsaw’ Q: What is a jigsaw? A: According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a jigsaw is a puzzle consisting of a picture printed on cardboard or wood and cut into various pieces of different shapes that have to be fitted together. Q: What has this got to...

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Coaches Blog – Lactate Threshold Training for 5km Races

Q: Why is it important to train at the lactic threshold, if you want to improve your 5K time? A: The shortest possible answer is: Many coaches and athletes (including myself, as an athlete and as a coach) have found out that it works for almost everyone. Improving the...

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