Specialist or generalist: which is better?

In the 15 years since I qualified as a teacher, people have often asked me what I teach. My stock response has been, “children.” Anyone who works in primary education knows that you have to be proficient in pretty much all areas of the curriculum insofar as an 11-year-old would notice (trust me; they seeContinue reading “Specialist or generalist: which is better?”

Do you ‘just run’?

Someone once told me, “Just go out and run.” If your main aim is to enjoy running, that’s a perfectly sensible strategy to take. If your main aim is to stay fit for life, you may want to include some other types of training. Stretching, strength and mobility all play a part in our overallContinue reading “Do you ‘just run’?”

Eating for running

Lots of people ask me about nutrition and what they should or shouldn’t eat for running. I leave specific advice to the professionals, but I do have a few running-related tips. 1.       Running long distances requires good quality energy to be available to your body. This can be acquired by eating a balanced diet which hasContinue reading “Eating for running”

It’s all about balance

You’re a runner – how long can you balance on one foot without wobbling? Can you master the stork test? Have you ever stopped to realise that running is a one-legged activity? Have a go at balancing. Practice, rehearse and let yourself wobble. Your body will protect you, provided you don’t forget to breathe! EveryContinue reading “It’s all about balance”