Books, Fitness News

The definitive guide to running the Half Marathon

Hal Higdon’s name is synonymous with running. As a contributing editor for Runner’s World and best-selling author, he has helped countless runners achieve their goals.

Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training features everything runners need to know about tackling the half marathon. With 15 customisable programmes ranging from novice to advanced, it guides, encourages and paces readers to reach their goals.

With advice for all levels of runners, it teaches readers how to get started with training, as well as showing where to focus attention, when to progress and how to keep it simple.

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Actor/comedian Eddie Izzard
soaking wet as he runs through Wiltshire holding a St Georges Flag.
Izzard will be running more than 1,000 miles around the UK in seven weeks.
The star will need to run approximately one marathon per day  to achieve his goal to raise money for Sport Relief
Wiltshire, England - 29.07.09
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Fitness News

27 marathon target for Eddie Izzard

Comedian Eddie Izzard is running 27 marathons on 27 consecutive days to raise money for Sport Relief. But how does such an arduous journey affect the human body, asks the BBC’s Robert Spencer.

Izzard is running in South Africa, and each day of the marathon symbolises the 27 years former president Nelson Mandela spent in prison during the apartheid era.

Taking on consecutive marathons like this is classed as “ultra-running”, but in stark contrast to the British weather, the comedian will face temperatures of up to 30C. Even dedicated ultra-runners find difficulties in this heat.

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Books, Fitness News

A lifetime of running workouts

Whether running for health, competitively, or both, Fitness Running includes established programmes to help runners achieve their goals.

Colour-coded and flexible, the 13 to 26 week programmes cover base building, fitness and training for short-distance events, half and full marathons.

It includes more than just workouts however and covers individualised testing for assessing running health and log pages for recording runs, results and health information.

It also contains specific recommendations for female runners and the latest information on gear and gadgets, cross-training, stretching and recovery.

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Run faster, stronger and longer

Run faster, stronger and longer whilst remaining injury-free, that’s the promise made by Mastering Running

A comprehensive resource for fitness and competitive runners aged 30 and above, Mastering Running proves that age is no obstacle to excellence.

With information and advice on topics that matter most to older runners, it provides drills, exercises and training plans.

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Go team HK

Team-HK-webSeven thousand runners took part in the Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday 11th May and among them were these three Human Kinetics staff members.

Running in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, the team of Chris Wright, Jonathan Kay and Simone Jennings raised a considerable sum for the charity.

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Meet Team HK

Team-HK-webAmong the 7,000-strong field at this year’s Leeds Half Marathon on May 11th will be HKE’s Jonathan Kay (left) and Chris Wright (right).

Both have been pounding the pavements for months in order to reach peak fitness and although this is not officially a race, neither will want to be second best.

Chris wants to beat his best time of 1 hour 29 minutes, while Jonny would dearly love to beat local rival John Johnson, who last year set a personal best in the event.

Jonathan is hoping to at least keep up with 84 year old John for as long as he can, although he admits it’s going to be a tough ask.

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How to mentally prepare for a marathon

The London Marathon will see serious runners who have physically trained for months to prepare for the legendary race, still fail to achieve the times they are capable of.

According to Julian Goater, a world-class runner and running coach, serious runners have to do more than just the physically training and must also prepare themselves psychologically and develop mental strength in order to succeed.

“All of us are physically capable of far greater feats than we think, if only we can harness the power of the mind,” says Goater. “There are a number of things we can do to make ourselves mentally stronger and to give ourselves the best chances of being psychologically fit and aggressive on the day of the race.”

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