Back To Basics – Leeds Half Marathon Training For 2013

Well, it’s that time of year again – actually it’s come late this year! Time to start training for the main race I am concentrating on for 2013, the Leeds Half Marathon. Last year, I had already ran in three 10K races (or if you’re pedantic two 10Ks and a 6-miler) before the Leeds Half came along in May. But this year, I want to concentrate more on the longer distance.

First of all, I need to get back to basics. My last race was the Leeds Abbey Dash back in November last year, and without running, I managed to gain over 14 pounds in weight during the hiatus. This blubbery winter-coat will need to come back off again!

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Brick Sessions In Triathlon Training

For those who are new to the world of triathlon, the term ‘brick’ might be a strange one. Brick training is essentially the practising of two disciplines, one after the other, in one session. It can be in any order but is most useful if you bike after you swim or run after you bike (for obvious reasons). Triathlete Dan Millington lays out the facts about brick.

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Kirkstall Abbey 7 Mile Race 2012 Review

Have you ever been doing something and got so engrossed that you later looked at your watch and wondered where the time had gone? Well, that was me a couple of weeks ago during the Kirkstall Abbey 7 Mile multiterrain race. For me, it was yet another return after some little irritating injuries – tendonitis of the foot, probably due to my running shoes being a bit too small for comfort. I thought I should write up a quick review of this one as it was a fairly tough but also a very fun race to take part in, and my first multiterrain run. Here’s how it all panned out.

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Humber Bridge 10K 2012 Review

This was the return of the Humber Bridge 10K, a race that I did last year. In fact this surprisingly tough little race was the first organised event I ever entered, and so last year, everything was a bit of a mystery and I was very nervous. But this year, I felt like a veteran. No nerves, but I was heavier this time having not done a huge amount of training in the weeks running up to it. As usual, the organisation was excellent, with tons of off-road parking at Hessle Rugby Club and lots of encouraging marshals around the course. To be fair, it’s pretty hard to get lost on a bridge so they were mainly pointing out directions in the side streets between bridge and rugby club! Here’s my review of this year’s trek.

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Kirklees 10K Challenge 2012 Review

There’s no better start to a hot and sunny Saturday morning than getting kitted up in running gear and shades and hopping outside to run a 10K race. Last Saturday was a case in point as I took part in one of the friendliest races done so far – the Kirklees 10K Challenge, which was basically an out and back route on the local canal towpath. It was very nice for a change to end up running in the peace and quiet away from roads and the traffic. Not so nice was the fact that it was a humid, sweaty uphill slog for the first 5km, before doing a short loop and rejoining the towpath for the return journey. Here’s my report.

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