Iten has miles and miles of dirt roads which are perfect for logging winter miles. However, especially for first timers in Kenya, finding your way can be quite daunting as there are very few landmarks, everwhere looks the same and you quickly run out of water when you get lost! Luckily I have a very geeky [...]
On the 14th August I fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian. I can say that I’m an Olympian because I both started and finished the marathon in Rio. At least that was my criteria for officially becoming an ‘Olympian’ anyway. However, it was more than just the race, the build-up to the Games, [...]
One of my final track workouts in the run up to the Olympic Marathon. Today we ran 4x 1mile with 2minute recoveries aiming to get faster every repetition. Following that were a few 200m sprints to inject a little pace and freshness back into my legs Track workout at the TeamGB holding camp from Nick [...]
Some of my favourite snaps from this year's trip up to Font Romeu, French Pyrenees. I've had another great summer out here training with some wonderful weather, magnificent vistas and, of course, some very tasty French food. There's nothing better than heading for a fresh almond croissant after a hard long run
I've spent the last month out in Font Romeu preparing for the big event next month over in South America! Here's a short montage of what I've been up to courtesy of my amazing sponsors Brooks Running UK. Running at Pyrenees 2000 (near Font Romeu) from Nick Samuels on Vimeo.
Font Romeu is one of my favourite places to train so I always look forward to hitting the trails and getting strong. Here is a short clip of a 10 mile loop which I really enjoy. It is hilly in places but the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. Running at Pyrenees 2000 (near Font Romeu) from Nick [...]
Here's some sensory and floor contact drills I've been practicing whilst out in beautiful Boston. I'm trying out the new Brooks Asteria as I find them great to get a good ground contact with a fast reaction off the floor.
When the British weather gives you lemons, head for the Spanish lemon groves! Murcia has some amazing variety of running trails and some perfect bike paths for those all important long marathon tempo efforts. Plus the weather is great!
After a brief spell back in Loughborough it was time to head over the pond to Albuquerque, the land of enchantment. Located along the muddy Rio Grande, Albuquerque is framed by the rugged 10,000 ft Sandia Mountains to the east and a wide volcanic escarpment to the west. The Paseo del Bosque is an impressive [...]
Sonia during the 2015 Berlin marathon My preparation for London had gone perfectly but sometimes we don’t run the race we expect or want. It was great to become British Champion but I had mixed emotions about my performance. I made a list of what went well and things to work on. Berlin [...]
Even on tired days you can't help but be inspired by the beautiful surroundings and tranquil atmosphere out of the trails of the Pyrenees. It's my 6th consecutive summer here training and wouldn't wish to be anywhere else.