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Hill Sprints for Distance Runners

Hill Sprints for Distance Runners

This blog discusses the use of Hill Sprints in training for distance runners. It first appeared on our sister site for Kenya Experience and has been updated and edited by the author. Hill Sprints were first introduced to me when I was coaching Kenyan runners with...

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Listen to your body. What does that mean?

Listen to your body. What does that mean?

Listening to your body - What does that actually mean and how can you get better at it? In our latest blog article, Gavin discussed some of the approaches to training that are typically adopted by Kenyan athletes, and why these should (or, in some cases should not) be...

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Kenyan Training – the Good, the Bad and the Missing

Kenyan Training – the Good, the Bad and the Missing

Should you train like the Kenyans? This blog answers that question by looking at 8 ways the Kenyan style of training can impact your own running. Three things to copy, two things you need not worry about, and three things where you should consider doing the opposite...

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Playing Golf for Faster Running?

Playing Golf for Faster Running?

I’ve been a competitive runner for over 25 years, running my first UK Intercounties Cross Country in Luton in 1997 as an 11 year old (finishing 96th) and taking the sport seriously ever since. I’ve been playing recreational golf once a week since about June of 2020. ...

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What we can learn from elite runners?

What we can learn from elite runners?

  In our last blog, we highlighted the risks associated with attempting to copy the training programs of elite runners and explained why this is not an effective way of getting the most out of your own running. The underlining message of that article, however,...

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Why You Shouldn’t Copy the Elites

Why You Shouldn’t Copy the Elites

Finding new, imaginative and most importantly, effective ways of training is a relatively common pass time for most runners. Whether you have reached a bit of a plateau in performance and are looking for ways to break through, or you are simply searching for new ways...

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The Ups & Downs of Racing in Kenya

The Ups & Downs of Racing in Kenya

The blog retells some of Gavin’s experiences of racing in Iten and Eldoret against some of the best runners in Kenya.  I wrote a description for a Instagram and Facebook post last week to go alongside a photo of me racing in Kenya. Unfortunately it was more than...

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Kenyan Hills – a Common Myth

Kenyan Hills – a Common Myth

This blog is about a workout that is commonly performed by western athletes and is usually referred to as “Kenyan Hills”. It may surprise you to know that this workout is very rarely, if ever, performed by Kenyan runners! Many of you will have heard of a training...

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Critical Coaching: Optimism, Pessimism, and Realism

Critical Coaching: Optimism, Pessimism, and Realism

In this blog I want to take a look at the importance of being critical as a coach and how finding the right trade-off between optimism and critical analysis can have a significant effect on the athletes being coached. The opinions I present in this piece are based...

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