General Training Tips & Advice

We’ve got hundreds of articles filled with our best tips on everything from training schedules, motivation, nutrition, footwear and breathing techniques, to crafting your best running playlist and best practices for before, during and after your run.

General Training

General Training
Know what to expect – your Great Manchester Run route

We’ve got all the info you need to train for the AJ Bell Great Manchester Run. Our knowledge and route-specific training tips will help you.

General Training
Know what to expect – your Great Bristol Run route

If you’re lucky enough to know Bristol, then you’re likely to love it - what’s not to love about a city so historic, cultured, and cool?

General Training
Know what to expect – your Great Birmingham Run route

You've signed up for the AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run, we’ve got all the race info, tips and training hacks you need for your training.

Event Day Tips
Where to continue the party after the Great Manchester Run

Every year at the AJ Bell Great Manchester Run, you blow us away with commitment to the party. Here's where to continue the party.

Event Day Tips
Where to go for a post-run Bristol after party

You've finished the AJ Bell Great Bristol Run, but if you want to continue the celebrations, where should you head? Read on to find out.

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Returning to Running after Pregnancy

A good place to start before returning to running after pregnancy is with low-impact exercise and general strengthening exercises.

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How to hit your perfect half marathon pace

Nailing your half marathon pace can make all the difference between a strong finish and a painful last few miles.

General Training
Top tips for pacing a 10k

A strategy for pacing a 10k ensures you get the best out of your race and avoid running out of steam too early - or finishing with more left in the tank.

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How to pace a perfect 5k

A 5k is often the first distance we aim for when getting into running. Find out how to pace a perfect 5k here.

Event Day Tips
Keep the post-run celebrations going in Birmingham

It’s impossible to describe that finish line feeling until you’ve experienced it for yourself. But one thing’s for sure: once you’ve reached the…

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Fun ideas to get kids into running

Running is a great way for kids to meet their daily activity goal. Here are some fun ideas to encourage kids to get into running.

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Embracing Easy Runs

Introducing the best-kept secret to running success: easy runs. Discover why they are so important, why they work and how they boost performance.

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Perfect Parks for Terrific Training

Every running star of the future needs to train – and the great news is that getting active outdoors keeps you physically fit, boosts your…

General Training
Interval training – what is it and how does it help your running?

Interval training for runners involves short intervals of high-intensity work. Read our guide to learn why you should integrate it into your training plan.

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Should You Train With A Cold?

We answer the tricky question every athlete has to ask themselves at least once or twice a year…

General Training
The Absolute Beginners Guide to Running

Take a look at our top five tips for keeping a brand new running habit going.

General Training
6 Benefits Of Running

Ever wondered why so many people run? Here are some amazing benefits for your health.

General Training
Soup Up Your Training

Few dishes are superior to soup in terms of replenishing the vitamins and fluids lost in training. Here's a recipe for you to try!

General Training
Running Through The Winter

To help kick back the slump through the dark winter months, follow our tips to keep motivated, and stay safe and healthy along the way.

General Training
How to have a no-pressure new year

The New Year period shouldn’t be your punishment for indulging or relaxing over Christmas. Give yourself a break, get motivated and be kind to yourself.

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