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What to look for in a coach

What to look for in a coach

It’s been 6 weeks into the new year and athletes have had a chance to assess their goals and where they stand at. If they find that they are not where they want to be, or if they have a challenging goal, athletes turn to a coach to help them get to their goals. The world of finding a coach can be overwhelming and confusing. I went through this 3 years ago and wish that I never have to go through…

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How to get back into training after a long break

How to get back into training after a long break

After London Marathon and my long hiatus, I was trying to start back up from ground level. The biggest issue I had was – I wasn’t in shape for ANYTHING. I could not even run “just” 3 miles (I put the just in quotes because most endurance athletes would understand what I mean and it is not an insult because running 3 miles is a pretty cool). Because I could not run the distance, I was excessively hard on myself…

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Tips for New Runners

Tips for New Runners

With the New Year comes new resolutions. According to Neilson.  “Lose Weight”/”Get Healthy” or something on those lines has been among top of new resolutions in 2015 and 2016 and the past so many years (I only checked on 2015 and 2016). And that brings out a lot of new runners on the road and the gym treadmill. Not only is it hard to take that first step to run, but to stick with running long term is a commitment in…

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Off Season Training Tips

Off Season Training Tips

Since my last race for the year was the London Marathon way back in April, when seasons were just starting, this post seems mis-dated to me! Or maybe I was just following the schedule of someone in the Southern Hemisphere from memories of my 2 years living in Melbourne, Australia.  When I look back, I’ve never had an “off” season. I’ve had huge periods where I’ve been “off” training, but never followed a cyclic on-off pattern. In a way, I’m…

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Safety Tips for Running Alone #RunSafe

Safety Tips for Running Alone #RunSafe

This is an archived post that I believe needs to be resurfaced. It highlights safety tips for running alone, especially for women. A woman was attacked and seriously injured in a trail that almost every runner/triathlete in the Atlanta area has run or biked on. We all love running and cycling, but we need to be safe to do the things we love.  For a lot of us, running is “me” time. A time to reflect, think, be at peace,…

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Just keep Swimming

Just keep Swimming

Did I happen to mention that the first step is the hardest? Well. I lied. Not exactly, but hard is relative. If the first step was the hardest, the second step is hard too. So is the tenth and the hundredth and the one  after 6 months. If it were easy, we (and thousands of others) would be doing it without questioning things. Don’t give up. Just one little step after the previous one. Just one foot in front of…

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How to Engage Your Core

How to Engage Your Core

Before I became a runner, I was obsessed with ab exercises like crunches (that didn’t give me a 6 pack anyway). But as I became a more well informed runner and triathlete, I learnt about the value of core strength. When I asked experienced runners and coaches what else I could do to improve my running, their answer was yoga/pilates to strengthen my core.   Benefits of a Strong Core A strong core can improve running posture. While running longer distances,…

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