Swimming by Zoe Hague

Swimming If I were to say that swimming had been my life, that wouldn’t be too far off the truth. I am 20 years old and have been swimming ever since I can remember. When I turned 8 I had my first try out with Hitchin Swimming Club and both myself and my parents knew from that day that swimming was going to be my thing. Between the ages of 10-18 I didn’t really have much of a social life, I was doing what I enjoyed best. Early morning starts,…

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Endurance Training – An Athlete’s View

  Firstly, an introduction. I’ve competed as an ‘endurance’ athlete since I was 12 years old, starting off racing as a kid on the track, distances from 800 metres upwards, before competing as a GB U23 and England senior at 3000steeplechase, cross country and road, with the highlight becoming national half marathon champion. I also competed as a GB elite Duathlete for two seasons, competing at World and European champs, before switching my attention to Ultra distance running, coming 5th in the World 50km champs, before a final run for…

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David Wardle – Ex England Junior Middle Distance Runner writes

So most of my beliefs on training revolve around the ‘Lydiard Method’… in simple terms you build a solid foundation of conditioning with a large base of aerobic training before you even consider doing anything too specific like speed work or ‘hard’ running. I think the main reason new runners stop after a few weeks or find their early training so painful is because they are dipping into anaerobic training because of poor conditioning and all the horrible effects that has, lactic acid, muscular breakdown etc… If that means you…

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