Race Report: The London Marathon

The London Marathon is often referred to as the greatest marathon in the world. And while I suspect this phrase most often emerges from the mouths of house-proud Brits, or polite East African winners talking to the BBC, I can say that as a Londoner, there's no better way to kick off your career as an amateur marathoner. …

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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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Running through books #1: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

As any runner will know, often non-runners just don't get it. "Why bother?", they say. "It's boring and painful. And it's bad for your knees." If this is the reaction of my friends to my running, imagine what they think when I say I love reading about running. And not just the ridiculous or inspirational stories of people staggering through the …

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Injury: A lesson or five

Until recently, being injured was, to me, a little like marriage - something scary that happened to other people, but that would probably catch up with me one day. Unfortunately, stepping up my running about 10 months ago revealed some flaws in my form - namely that my right-hand glutes are embarrassingly lazy, and can't be bothered to properly …

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