Your core is just as it sounds...the bit in the middle but many people think that working your core is about just performing lots of sit ups. Abdominal curls and crunches do have their place in training but to build a strong core you have to work many more muscles than just the '6 pack' ones. Core [...]
Well we have been so lucky with this weather, each one of our runs so far have been bathed in evening (or morning) sunshine. We planned to meet at Barton Road field this week, next to the Community Centre so at 6pm we gathered in the sunshine for a session.
Sat in the warm and dry I thought I would write about today's 10 mile road race at St Annes. After yesterdays beautiful sunshine, we woke up to drizzle and grey skies. OK my idea of a stroll by the sea eating ice cream post race had gone out of the window but never mind. I had not raced for a while (excluding cross country) but enjoy running by the sea so thought I would enter this race even though I hadn't trained specifically for it.
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I love to run, it is my passion. I have loved running since the first ever run in training for the Race for Life in 2005. At that point I thought 'I will never be able to run'. Now I can't stop! So why do we run? Running wakes me up and starts my day off or winds me down from a difficult day. It makes me feel alive, and even if I am tired and don't feel like getting out of the door I am always glad I did. So is it the fact that I run races that makes me a runner? Or that I sometimes run with a club? No I think it is the fact that I get out there and do it, come rain or shine and the fact that I enjoy and choose to do it that makes me a runner. It does not matter how fast you run, how far or how often. I don't like the word 'jogger'. You either run or you don't. You are runner from the first time you lace up your running shoes.
I ran the New Balance English Half marathon yesterday in Warrington. My husband persuaded me to enter after he decided to run with a colleague to raise money for Alderhey Children's Hospital. It was his first half marathon. I was not keen as I had not trained, it was forecast to be very wet, and I wanted a lie in. It is only the second year running of this race and I had never heard of it before but as I was born in Warrington I decided to join him.
This marathon was an amazing experience, and my favourite marathon yet. It is usually organised for the first week in October and I ran it last year in 2009. The course is undulating with a few steeper hills but the Highland scenery is breathtaking. It is a point to point race which begins at Whitbridge, running along the shores of Loch Ness and finishes in Inverness. Most of the race is alonside the Loch so the views of that and the mountains make up for the 'bumpy' course. Some highlights include a pre-race Pasta Party and festival on race day with pipes & drums, live ceilidh music and activities for children. Last year there were 2173 finishers. The race was excellently organised and all in all it was a perfect weekend away.
Half marathons are a very popular choice of distance for many runners. They feel pretty special, running 13.1 miles is more than many people can do, but they don't take the same comittment as full marathons. There are many events around the country, one of my favourites being The Shell Four villages half marathon in Helsby. It is a very picturesque route around the local villages (hence the name). It gets booked up very early and takes place in January, well worth a trip out to burn off your Christmas indulgences. This post gives some advice on how to train for a half marathon in such a way that you can get the best out of yourself without injury.