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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Imagine if the world’s five greatest all-round athletes in history lined up against each other in top form and competed in a decathlon. It would never happen, of course, because four of those decathletes are now retired. But it’s interesting to take their PB scores – all of which were world records at the time – and see how they compare, event by event. It’s a lot close than you might think. Ashton Eaton comes out on top ...

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It’s THE most important athletics event of 2015. And the only one that involves cake. Yes, it’s the Winner Gets A Cake league in the Fantasy Diamond Race. If there’s one thing that 2015 has taught us, it’s never doubt Usain Bolt. But if there are two things this year has taught us, it’s that athletics fans like cake. They must do, because more than 200 of them joined in with the cakey athletics fun. Track and field ...

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