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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Finding a balance

One of the things I'm finding hardest while training for the marathon is judging just how much is too much and how much is too lazy. On the one hand, you're trying to tell when your body is actually tired; when pushing yourself further won't do you any good. When that pain isn't gain, but …

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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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