Category Archives: General

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Marathon des Sables – starting your training

You’ve entered the 2014 MdS and you need to start training.  How do you begin?
First think – how do I want to do?

  1. Just get round
  2. Get round but feel good
  3. Get round and do well
  4. Win

Then think – what do I know about how it feels to run day after day? Read more

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Core training video

There is a good core training video from pponline here. Read more

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Marathon des Sables – a coach’s perspective

The end of the journey

Tired, sore and very happy

Tired, sore and very happy

At 11.32:11 on Saturday 13th April 2013 Martin and Angela White crossed the final finishing line of the Marathon des Sables.  They had run and walked 232 Km across the rocks, mountains and dunes of Morocco in an overall time of 46H35’18”.  Read more

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Marathon des Sables training – two competitors’ views

We are writing this trying to process the most intense, insane, painful, joyful week of our lives.  A week in which, both of us finished the 28th Marathon des Sables.

We are confident that in the subconscious of every MdS participant there is a small but very real flicker of doubt. Read more

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IAAF Standardised Session Shorthand

There is an IAAF shorthand for writing down session plans and it can be found here.

It pretty much assumes that the training is done on a track as it works on distances and times.  A little more work would be needed to include inclines (hills). Read more

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Strength and Conditioning for Juniors

I am collecting information about introducing juniors to Strength and Conditioning, specifically resistance work.

This link shows the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association’s view as of 2007.

I will add further links as I find them. Read more

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Long Term Athlete Development – the Canadian Model

It appears that Canadian Sport has taken a long hard look at Long term Athlete Development and bought into the concept completely.  Lynne Walker sent me a number of links to do with this area.

The first is the link to the overall website, hereRead more

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Minibus Driving without a D1

This is a slightly unusual post for my blog, but it impacts on both sports I take part it, especially for the student population and those that want to share minibus transport.

I was under the impression that you couldn’t drive a minibus without the D1 minibus licence.  Read more

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Grid References and Post Codes

There is a useful website that helps convert Grid References to Postcodes.  See www.gridreferencefinder.com to go from Post Code to Grid Reference, and to a certain extent Grid Reference to Post Code.  Also useful for Latitude and Longitude.

There are facilities that give you Grid Reference direct from Streetmap.co.uk.  Read more

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How to find a OS Grid Reference

The website http://magic.defra.gov.uk allows you to point at a point on an OS map and it returns the grid reference.

The tool is on the top left hand side of the toolbar, it looks like a grid with a question mark in it. Read more

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