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My First Run With Ramsbottom Running Club

My First Run With Ramsbottom Running Club

Why Run with a Club? I have dabbled with running, on and off, for nearly six years.  Getting outside, logging miles and analysing how far I have run and how fast, when I return home is really satisfying.  I also love smashing a PB, who doesn’t! With a half marathon to train for this autumn and a 10k much sooner, I need to get my act in gear.  The best way, I’ve found, is by creating a routine.  Ramsbottom Running…

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Why Go Bites® are my Go To Snack

Why Go Bites® are my Go To Snack

Why I’m Adapting My Diet I’ve never been particularly great at avoiding chocolate or a biscuit late in the day.  Yet, when walking well over 10,000 steps a day and coupled with regular exercise, that’s never been an issue.  I’ve always been able to justify wolfing down a quick chocolate bar or indulging in something sweet after work.  Since starting a new job last year I have had to find new ways to eat.  I am conscious of sitting down for…

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My Dry January Challenge

My Dry January Challenge

Introducing Dry January   You have probably heard of Dry January by now.  Perhaps somebody at work is taking on the challenge, or maybe you have decided to take part this year.  January is a time where we all endeavor to make the best of the year to come and this challenge seems like the perfect start.  The month of sobriety is a response to overindulgence in the festive period and is a challenge many people take on to get…

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The Meaning of the MOJO

The Meaning of the MOJO

Many people experience weeks in their lives when they lose their motivation.  Things don’t seem to be going right in work, at home or perhaps in the gym and we start to question our motivation for doing something.  As the new year dawns, most people renew their resolutions and try to make changes to their lives.  In that time, people talk about getting their mojo back, but what does mojo really mean and how can you keep it?  Read on…

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My battle to be fit for my Christmas Day Run

My battle to be fit for my Christmas Day Run

The Christmas Day Run Tradition I love Christmas.  It’s a time of year I can’t help but enjoy.  There’s plenty of food and drink and good times with friends.  But there is one activity that I enjoy taking time out for on Christmas Day.  I first went for a Christmas Day run four years ago.  The streets are quiet.  Families out walking wish each other a Merry Christmas.  There’s time for turkey and all the trimmings later, but a run…

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Entering My Second Half Marathon

Entering My Second Half Marathon

Dealing with the Frustration of A Winter Cold November was a frustrating month for training.  December has started just the same.  I can’t seem to shake a cold that’s been hanging over me and just last week visited the doctor’s for a suspected case of sinusitis.  I didn’t manage to actually see a doctor but that’s a story for another time. At some point in the last snot-filled, slightly hoarse and otherwise unpleasant feeling month I finally entered my second…

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Running a Personal Best at The Bury 10k 2017

Running a Personal Best at The Bury 10k 2017

A Long Awaited Personal Best at The Bury 10k Upon finishing last year’s Bury 10k in a time of 50:54, I vowed to improve my personal best and run a sub 50-minute time in 2017.  This year’s event provided me with the opportunity to do just that. “Life is not a competition with others. Life is a competition with yourself—to do your personal best each day.” Cameron C. Taylor, 8 Attributes of Great Achievers The PAT Pacers I was delighted to be…

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Ahead of the race: Asda Foundation Bury 10k

Ahead of the race: Asda Foundation Bury 10k

This is the first of two posts on the Asda Foundation Bury 10k 2017.  To read my review of the race itself, check out my race review here! The day is here.  I wake up on the morning of the second annual Asda Foundation Bury 10k, the nerves are kicking in.  To combat the nerves of race day, I always plan a rough guide of how my morning will go.  On Sunday, as with any race day, I had a…

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How I ran a fast 5k by giving chase

How I ran a fast 5k by giving chase

Giving Chase I didn’t believe that I had the pace to keep up when he passed me.  He slowed momentarily.  When the runner in the blue vest picked up his pace again I decided to start giving chase.  This was going to be a fast 5k. You never know how good a run will be until you start.  At least, that’s what I’ve found.  I only planned on running a couple of miles at a leisurely pace.  I never expected to…

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The reason I love to run abroad

The reason I love to run abroad

Running Abroad:  Paphos Going for a run in Cyprus is asking for trouble.  When I visited Cyprus for Easter last year it was warm; the sort of temperature that is enjoyable for a short run.  This year I visited at the end of July, when the mercury reaches 35 degrees.  At the height of summer, the soaring temperature makes the heat unbearable if you do so much as move. Going for a run in that heat is either brave or…

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