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7 Simple steps to make those well-intentioned resolutions stick well into the spring, and beyond…   We are all motivated and enthusiastic for some healthy lifestyle changes after the Christmas and New Year celebrations have been and gone. And the start of a new calendar often inspires us to “get fit”, “lose weight”, “be healthier”,…

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#459418899 / gettyimages.com A little bit of research: the maintainance of power and strength during a pre-competition tapering and body composition alteration period INTRODUCTION Interest in the effectiveness of high intensity anaerobic threshold/cardiovascular training in maintaining or developing muscular explosive power capability has led me to complete a small-scale study, using myself as the sole…

At about the 20 mile mark. Digging-in!

#492505085 / gettyimages.com Tried and tested! – The first time marathon runner’s training plan. PART 3: THE TRAINING PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTED Okay, I’ve done a lot of talking around the subject, so now here’s the actual plan to follow if you’re heading out on your first marathon adventure. I gave myself a 6 month training plan…

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  Tried and tested! – The first time marathon runner’s training plan. PART 1: My seven golden rules to getting yourself to the start line So, where do I start? A couple of Sundays ago I ran the London Marathon – I suppose that’s a good enough place to start. It’s now over two weeks…

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Eliminating the unexpected, and un-varying the variables So, last Saturday I ran for the furthest distance and longest duration in my life: 25.8 km, and 2 hours 18 minutes. It was an “interesting” experience, and all in all, pretty constructive. Let me tell you about it. So, I’m sat here at breakfast two days later,…

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Okay…Firstly, sorry for being slightly late to the party with this, but I’ve been a bit busy over the past few days. A few weeks ago (20th February) Sainsbury’s supermarket chain in the UK announced it was going to start printing the calorie content on bottles of wine. Guardian Article This reignited in me one…

Essential for heat regulation, but beware of dehydration

Last week I did a bit of experimenting on myself (as I have a tendency to do).     Now that the marathon is about 8-9 weeks away, I wanted to get an initial idea about pace (my running speed) and also hydration (my sweat loss whilst running at a race pace).   The importance…

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Trot On! – The reluctant runner takes on the beast: PART 1 Okay, okay…I’m stupid, I know. Here I am; a 38 year old guy who’s played sport and enjoyed team “games” involving sprinting and contact and collisions and all that “exciting” stuff all my life (my poor joints pay testament to this). Here I…

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HERE WE GO!!! Well, I suppose I should say “hello”, and introduce myself: I am Michael Ormshaw, a personal trainer, a sports coach, a researcher, a teacher, a PhD student…amongst many other things. I am going to be writing this blog as, hopefully, an informative, and maybe even entertaining reference for all things health, fitness,…

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