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The power of positive thinking?

So. The thing is. I really, really hate long runs. This is my third tilt at the marathon and it's just a fact that anything over 22 kilometres is the equivalent of going to the dentist to have a tooth pulled. Necessary, sure, but inconvenient and really quite painful. It feels kind of shameful as a …

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Here Comes the Rain Again: A tale of my first ultra

We had been watching the weather all week, sending each other screenshots and comparing forecasters; as though the most favourable prediction would also be the most accurate. "BBC Weather says there's a 95% chance of rain until midday and winds of 46mph. But the Met Office thinks it's going to clear up at 10am, and …

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The pros and cons of training for a marathon

What have the four months of preparing body and mind for a marathon taught me? What has my personal journey - from a person who runs quite a lot to a person who runs quite a lot over slightly further distances - revealed to me, in wisdom, sacred insight and understanding? Loads, actually - and I'm here to share …

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Women in running #1: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon

Imagine lining up at the beginning of a marathon and, piled on top of your usual stomach-churning nervousness is the knowledge that, if you're discovered running the race, you'll be chucked off the course. This is the reality that Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb faced at the beginning of the 1966 Boston Marathon, as she loitered near the starting …

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