How your brain changes when you run

How your brain changes when you run

Writing a book very often requires research. The form that research takes however, can be diverse, very diverse indeed. Let’s look at a book I’m currently writing, on nutrition for runners, within that envelope I’ve come across all manner of different pieces of utterly fascinating research, whether that’s the benefit of beetroot, to how the Read more about How your brain changes when you run[…]

It’s time to Forget Motivation – it doesn’t last

It’s time to Forget Motivation – it doesn’t last

Motivation Zig Ziglar the great American motivational speaker once said that motivation doesn’t last.  His response to his own quote was a simple line: Motivation doesn’t last, but neither does bathing and that’s why we recommend it daily.  I’m one of those people who can’t resist a good audio download to listen to in the Read more about It’s time to Forget Motivation – it doesn’t last[…]

Plans, friends, perseverance and the first 50 miles

Plans, friends, perseverance and the first 50 miles

It’s always great to welcome guest bloggers to focusedperformance, and this week I’m really pleased to welcome Alicia from www.runmammy.wordpress.com Alicia is back into blogging recently, and this is her first post (ps it’s a good one) and it really speaks to me and I think you’ll enjoy it, here’s Alicia –  You may not know Read more about Plans, friends, perseverance and the first 50 miles[…]

The complete guide for new runners

The complete guide for new runners

I’ve been chatting to lots of you on social media who are considering starting out on your personal running journey. These first steps, and the way you tackle your first runs will make all the difference as to whether you run again or you hide your brand new trainers in a far flung corner of Read more about The complete guide for new runners[…]

Why Long Runs will boost your Marathon Success

Why Long Runs will boost your Marathon Success

The Long Run is a weekend staple for many runners, even those running shorter distances tend to have a longish run waiting for them at the weekend. So what are the advantages of running long and how should you do it?  So many of you have asked this question on facebook and twitter I decided Read more about Why Long Runs will boost your Marathon Success[…]

How to Smash through a running Plateau: 4 effective tips

How to Smash through a running Plateau: 4 effective tips

It happens more often than runners realise, you’re making progress, things feel good and the results are the proof that your particular brand of training plan is working.   Hey it’s not only working, but you’re faster than you’ve ever been!  Maybe there are a few PR’s in the bag now?  This is good news Read more about How to Smash through a running Plateau: 4 effective tips[…]

The Cuillin Ridge, the hardest, most committing mountaineering route in the UK

The Cuillin Ridge, the hardest, most committing mountaineering route in the UK

Skye.   An Island that evokes as wide a range of thoughts in those that have set foot upon its soil as there are weather conditions to be experienced there. My first visit was in May some years ago, a bank holiday weekend that consisted entirely of driving rain, soaking through to the skin, flooding Read more about The Cuillin Ridge, the hardest, most committing mountaineering route in the UK[…]

Burn calories with these 7 supercharged treadmill techniques

Burn calories with these 7 supercharged treadmill techniques

Want to love your treadmill?  Then make the most of your sessions by transforming the treadmill into a HIIT machine! Check out the tips here to help burn more calories while you’re on the treadmill! And don’t forget to keep your runs fun, here are my suggestions to help you avoid repetitiveness and boredom. Before you kick Read more about Burn calories with these 7 supercharged treadmill techniques[…]

Climbing indoors, running outdoors and the Cuillin ridge

Climbing indoors, running outdoors and the Cuillin ridge

It was early on a Saturday morning, I’d gone to bed last night later than planned and alcohol wasn’t even involved. I should probably explain. The Cuillin Ridge is essentially to blame.  A decision has been made between some friends and I that during May 2016 we will make an attempt on the infamous ridge Read more about Climbing indoors, running outdoors and the Cuillin ridge[…]

The Reality of Running Every. Single. F*****. Day

The Reality of Running Every. Single. F*****. Day

Thanks to @TinkerbellJayne for this blog! Check out her blog http://www.allabouttink.co.uk/   Back in late November I decided to take on a brand new running challenge. Having completed my first ever Half Marathon in the October I wanted to take on something different, an experiment, so I decided to do the #100Runs100days challenge, the idea Read more about The Reality of Running Every. Single. F*****. Day[…]

supercharge your motivation for running with these great hacks!

supercharge your motivation for running with these great hacks!

Thanks to Larne for this guest blog! From seasoned runners to ‘People making their first tentative steps towards running, we all at some point have experienced a lack of motivation, that nagging sensation of the couch being too comfortable and trapping our bodies to it.   When Running becomes a chore it can quickly go Read more about supercharge your motivation for running with these great hacks![…]

5 quick and easy ways to keep your runs fun!

5 quick and easy ways to keep your runs fun!

So you want to run?  The good news?  It’s pretty much as easy as moving one foot in front of the other.  There isn’t any bad news, which I guess is more good news.  There are some simple pointers though, that will get you moving in the right direction, that will help you reduce your Read more about 5 quick and easy ways to keep your runs fun![…]

Eat to power your long runs the right way

Eat to power your long runs the right way

Firstly, I’m not a nutritionist, so I’m not here to give you advice like that.  But what I can do is share some really useful techniques I’ve worked out over the last few years of training, hopefully you’ll find them beneficial like I did. Running  shorter distances doesn’t usually mean you’ll need to take food Read more about Eat to power your long runs the right way[…]

Alpine Adventures Mont Buet by its North Ridge

Alpine Adventures Mont Buet by its North Ridge

We were all set to leave Liverpool on the fairly short flight to Geneva, however it transpired that travel time would be much longer than expected, an extra 7 hour delay after the Captain uttered the now infamous words, we’ve become aware of a hydraulic problem. … Nonetheless Easyjet looked after us very well and Read more about Alpine Adventures Mont Buet by its North Ridge[…]

Marathon Training Tips

Marathon Training Tips

Thanks to abitlikealexa  for this guest blog, check out Alexa’s blog at www.alexaruns.blogspot.co.uk    Winter is traditionally the time for piling on the training miles for a Spring Marathon, and many runners I know are now starting down the training path to the increase the miles. Long Sunday Runs are a common topic of conversation, and Read more about Marathon Training Tips[…]

Hesitating to sign up for my first half marathon

Hesitating to sign up for my first half marathon

The half marathon – a distance I’ve never run before, but I’ve run mountain marathons and a 10K very recently – so why was I feeling doubt, and hesitation?   Ultimately I hadn’t trained for this run, I had a couple of weeks off after the Bangor 10K training and whilst I was completing my Read more about Hesitating to sign up for my first half marathon[…]