Injuries and breaking up

Whatever we do in life we're susceptible to the odd niggle, sprain, break or old annoying injury that hinders everyday life. We can work through them on our own, if we choose, seek medical support and / or visit a professional for advice, guidance and intervention....

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Where’s my mojo?

As the darker nights drew in we had a flurry of missing mojo's in the group. Danny, our resident advanced sport therapist, shared his thoughts; 'We can't always - by definition - be at our best, or that would just be our average. I think of it as training 'Wave's'....

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Q&A with Ira Rainey

Ira Rainey is an ultra-runner based in Bristol, UK. Author of two books and more in the pipeline, here he found some time to share some great tips and insights into his running journey with Danny Clayton. I think you'll find this very interesting, and lots to take...

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How can running improve mental health?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that, globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both. World Mental Health Day is...

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Running Tips from Strength Conditioning Coach Dwayne Small

Q&A with #TeamVRC member Dwyane Small  Dwayne has been an encouraging, active member of the Virtual Running Community - #TeamVRC for a few months now, but I am always intrigued to know what else people do. What prompted them to join us, to run and what else they do,...

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Running in the Dark – Staying Safe and Seen

As the darker night's draw in, in the UK, I thought it was a good time to ask #TeamVRC members what their top tips are for staying safe and staying seen when out running in the dark. As always, they've given some great advice. Here's a few:   Make sure your phone is...

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Interview with Lisa Tamati, Adventure Athlete

Interview with Lisa Tamati, adventure athlete, motivational speaker, author, running and mindset coach, by Catherine Gladwyn, Founder of #TeamVRC.   After a member of #TeamVRC did an excellent book review of Lisa Tamati’s Running to Extremes I contacted Lisa to let...

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10 Steps to Running a Race

Decide you're going to do a race Identify endless races you could potentially do, inc a marathon Check there's a medal for all finishers Enter a race (or two) Panic Tell all of your Facebook friends you've entered, inc the shocked emoji  Train / Panic / Gorge / Repeat...

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How to add an extra mile to your run

My tip for adding an extra mile to your run is all about getting into a different mindset. Wait! No, it's no namby pamby nonsense, it's just about telling yourself and looking at that extra mile differently.  It really is so easy. You may even subconsciously do...

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Review of Running to Extremes (Lisa Tamati)

Book review by #TeamVRC member, Judith Peterhoff   Book title: Running to Extremes Author: Lisa Tamati - visit her website here: www.lisatamati.co.nz   Did you buy it or was it a gift?  I chose this book as a book to read during my local book club. I always wanted to...

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Long run essentials

If you're getting ready to run further, or for longer, than usual you may be wondering whether you need to take anything with you. There's no simple answer, as we're all different and it's sometimes trial and error, but here are a few suggestions from some of the...

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Stephanie is Starting her Running Journey with #TeamVRC

Starting your running journey I was delighted to have been asked by Stephanie Sheth, founder of The Healthy Step, for a contribution to her online blog titled: Starting your running journey. "My perception of how a runner should look doesn’t quite match up with my own...

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Building up to that comfortable 10k run

Becoming comfortable with a 10k run If you want to up your mileage, not every run needs to be a 'long' one.    I am now running a comfortable 10k again, after months of struggling and a body full of drugs I can now happily say 10k is back on my list of routes without...

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Why the Pituitary Foundation?

The Pituitary Foundation   By holding virtual races; I'm aiming to raise money for a charity that's been amazing for me and to me. In the past I have raised money for the Pituitary Foundation in the usual ways, running races, quizzes, afternoon teas, etc - all the...

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Hydration: Tips for keeping cool when running

I asked the #TeamVRC members over in the Facebook group their top tips for keeping cool during the hot weather, or just keeping cool on any run. Here's they are: "Soak a piece of cloth in cold water.. put in fridge to chill then tie round neck before heading...

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Static and Dynamic Stretching

Static and Dynamic Stretching This guest blog has been written by the brilliant Danny Clayton, Advanced Sports Therapist based in Swindon, Wiltshire. A link to Danny's website is at the end of the blog.   Stretching: A form of physical exercise in which a specific...

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Nutrition for Runners: before, during and after

Guest blog from Sharon Armstrong dipN,SACdip - Nutritionist & Sports Nutritionist  Whether you've been running for some time, or are just starting out, knowing what food and fuel to take on before, during and after can be confusing. What is the best foods to give you...

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Tips to keep your motivation when running

Have an objective. Whether it’s to run for 3 miles without stopping, run a faster mile, complete a race, run a further distance, tone up or lose weight – set a goal and aim for it. After all, if you don’t know where you’re going how will you get there? Mini goals –...

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