Although running evokes images of people bounding effortlessly through fields, woods and over mountain trails, cities can be great places to run in. As well as urban routes that provide the opportunity to sneak in some sightseeing, many of these concrete jungles have big parks and riverside routes. Taking in five continents, we've selected ten cities made for running.
It does seem that every man and his dog has something to say about my - some might say - reckless marathon challenge. And, I've got to admit, some of it is just a little bit weird. What anyone faced with relentless street pounding, high vis outfits and reduced quantities of alcohol does not want to hear is any of the following...
Already tempted to tuck away your trainers in time for 2017's resolution attempts? Then spare a thought for the thousands of people braving those dark January mornings - and even darker nights - as they prepare themselves for what is, for many, the ultimate running challenge: the London Marathon. I never thought I'd be one of them.
On November 17th, 2014, I went for my first solo run. I was wearing an old pair of trainers that weren't the right size and leggings that I now realise were see-through. I was frustrated with not being good at it yet. I was impatient. It's taken a while but I'm finally at a point where I can reflect on some of the things I've learned on my running journey.
The truth is, on a windy November day, the last thing you feel like doing is putting your (permanently stinky) running shoes on and being buffeted around the park for an hour. While I find many running articles helpful, they're not exactly honest when it comes to the emotional experience of a run. Here is my attempt to redress that balance.
By taking some key Alexander Technique principles into your running, it's possible to improve balance, coordination and freedom of movement - all invaluable things for anybody who exercises. And by increasing efficiency in your technique you can also reduce your risk of injury and boost your chance of running faster and more easily than you have ever run before.
It is the night before my first marathon and, much like many other things I do, I have stumbled into it blithely unaware of what I am actually doing and just sort of hoping for the best. This being so, I have decided to share my fountain of marathon wisdom (in list format - who doesn't love a list?!) with anyone thinking of doing one themselves.