Embed from Getty Images   A few months have passed since the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, but even now I find myself looking back at some of the results and thinking, ‘did that really happen?!’ Of the four World Championships I have attended, it was my favourite one to date. World records, great contests, surprise medallists, it had it all. Just like most major championships, some events very much went to the form book while others did ...

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It’s the final countdown. The last long(ish) training run is in the bag, just a handful of easy runs to do over the next few days, and then race day will be here. Crikey, it only feels like four weeks ago that I started training for this half marathon. Oh wait; it was. This week’s long run (7.43M in just a whisker outside an hour) felt okay. It was quite wet, windy and hilly, but at least the ...

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Running is weird. One week you can feel great; the next week, everything is an effort, your body aches and your head is full of self-doubt. These are just some of the thoughts that have crossed my mind this week, the third of my five weeks of training: – This run feels like a bit of a slog. Is this normal following the week of a long run? – This second run also feels a bit effortful. And it’s ...

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Yesterday, I ran 11.3 miles. Now there’s a sentence I didn’t think I’d be writing so soon. I hadn’t originally intended on doing ‘the’ long training run at this stage – a whole two weeks into this regime – but earlier this week I read some advice which said that it’s best to do your long run a few weeks out from race day so that your body can have time to feel the benefit from ...

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This weekend marked the end of my first week of half-marathon training. One down, just four more to go. Crikey, just writing that gives me the heebie-jeebies. A combined total of five weeks is not really ideal when training for a half marathon. Any running expert will tell you that. But there is a reason behind it all. I’ll be doing the Autumn Shakespeare Half Marathon on 14 November in memory of my nan, who sadly passed away ...

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