Helen

8
Feb

Coaching: More Speed; Less Effort; Fewer injuries

So what running ‘style’ do I advocate? People often ask what running ‘ethos’ or ‘style’ I advocate, or who I’m sponsored by.  ‘Is is the Chi Method?’ they ask, or perhaps the ‘Pose Method?’ Or maybe, because of my love of ‘barefoot’, am I ‘paid by Vibram?’ None of the above! This is not a man-made, developed ‘method’ of running

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15
Dec

Nose-Breathing Amsterdam Marathon?

Poor Wendy had to put up with a silent first 10km whilst I hand-signalled a route through the 42000 participants (?!) – then our running paths separated as I didn’t need to bother with water until 35km … even then I wasn’t thirsty … more bored … The beginning of the race was interesting enough, but not the sightseeing tour

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8
Oct

Are You Breathing?

No – I mean really breathing.  Let’s skip the usual smart-alec comments of ‘yes, I’ve been doing it since I was born’ and head straight for some interesting stuff … like: did you know that we recover around a third of exhaled heat and moisture when exhaling through our nose? did you know that we uptake most of our oxygen during the exhale

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24
Mar

Ugly?

Granted they’re not the prettiest feet in the world, but I bet the prettiest feet in the world haven’t been on the adventures mine have.  And how can animate objects, so intrinsically influential on everything that happens above them, be considered unattractive enough to need to be hidden?  Ugly … by whose standards?  TV advertisers?  Shoe designers who want to

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18
Feb

Pip’s 1st 50 Miler

Rather than one of my stories, I’ve just been gifted the story of another runner – a ‘real runner’, who runs for the sheer joy of running and who loves running just as much as me.  I don’t meet these ‘real runners’ often, and it moves me that we’ve created running memories together.  Pip’s ‘story’ came as a result of

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14
Jan

An Incurable Deformity … ?

Those were the ACTUAL WORDS used by a so-called ‘professional’ to his patient (without the question mark!). Given I knew both the lovely owner of these feet, and the fact he’d been happily wearing Vibram Fivefingers for a while now, I was wondering what kind of ‘incurable deformity’ he’d been secretly hiding. Curled toes.  Enough to have started bothering the

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29
Nov

Helen’s Insights: Live to Live

A crematorium bursting at the seams, to celebrate a life that some would say was cut short, and others would say continues in peace.  As Shelley said: “Peace, peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep – He hath awakened from the dream of life.” Beyond tired, still emotional, the train is gently rocking me back home. When Death

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29
Nov

Helen’s Insights: Death puts Life into Perspective

“Death puts Life into perspective” said Ralph Waldo Emerson back in the mid-19th century.  And he was right.  Is a blog the place for these thoughts?  I’m not sure, but social media is omnipresent in our lives, and as Shakespeare said, “Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak Whispers the o’erfraught heart, and bids it break”. A dear

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22
Oct

Caesar’s Camp 50 Mile Endurance Run 2013 – The Final One

Sub-Title 1: Can I temper the gastric issues that completely obliterated any pleasure at Ironman Frankfurt (race report will never get written – I tried & failed – all too miserable to bother remembering) with my Low Carb High Fat lifestyle & judicious use of wind elimination techniques? Sub-Title 2: Can I write a story without reference to ablutions? DOMS

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15
Oct

Few Know How Good This Is – And Given It’s THAT Good – I Wonder Why?

So I’m working my cotton socks off, and still trying to ‘train’ for my first 50 miler this weekend.  Never mind tapering, I’m still building my distances!  Jobs are having to be done on the hoof, with shopping carried on the cool-down walk, post carried on the warm-up walk and distances ‘created’ by weaving my way round the local roads

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