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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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What makes brands pick you to be their ambassador?

What makes brands pick you to be their ambassador?

Recently, Coeur Sports announced their team for 2017. For those of you not of the triathlon world, Coeur is a very popular triathlon clothing brand with the hashtag #NoAngryKitty. There was there was a lot of hurt in one of the facebook groups that I’m part of. I saw the exact same hurt when InkNBurn (the athletic clothing that has art as print – like the one I’m wearing in my profile picture on the right sidebar) ambassadors were picked. Athletes were miffed that they…

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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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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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Simple Exercises to Strengthen Hips and Glutes

Simple Exercises to Strengthen Hips and Glutes

After my scare with my knee a couple of weeks ago (in detail at the bottom of this post) and hesistant about starting a strength training routine just 12 weeks from my marathon, I read up on strength training DURING marathon training (on Active articles, Jason Fitz’s Strenght Running, Jeff’s Runners Connect and more). These were simple short exercises that isolated muscle groups and worked to “activate” them. So glute exercises were meant to activate the glutes – often dormant in many…

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