Mr Run’s Running Blog: Information & Inspiration For Runners of all levels, ages and abilities

Here you will find a collection on articles on various running related topics. You can search by categories:

🏃‍♀️New runners – information, tips and advice for those new to running, including avoiding the newbies running mistakes🏃‍♀️

🏃‍♂️Common running injuries – what are they and how to avoid them (runner’s knee, anyone!)🏃‍♂️

🏃‍♀️Nutrition and eating for runners, including running hydration🏃‍♀️

🏃‍♂️Articles aimed at older runners and how to start and get the best out of your running in your forties, fifties and beyond🏃‍♂️

🏃‍♀️Running inspiration & motivation – avoiding excuses, dealing with boring runs, things to keep us running🏃‍♀️

🏃‍♂️Choosing the best gear for your personal needs when running outdoors – my thoughts on picking the right clothes, shoes and accessories for different types of terrain and weather 🏃‍♂️

🏃‍♂️My ‘personal story’ writings where I reflect upon my personal running journey going from a 52 year ex-smoker couch potato to a super motivated ultra marathon runner🏃‍♂️

I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing them!

My personal running journey:

How I Built My Running Endurance And Became A Faster Runner

How I Built My Running Endurance And Became A Faster Runner

Running endurance was probably the last thing on my mind when I started running. Didn’t even know what that meant. I could probably only think of ‘basic survival’ because all I could do was 90 seconds of ‘running’ followed by a minute of gasping...

avoiding & healing running injuries

5 Reasons Why Runners Get Injured

5 Reasons Why Runners Get Injured

We, the runners, participate in impact activity where we pummel the ground with our feet and send shockwaves throughout the body. Body doesn’t like shocks and the moment will come when the alarm will ring and we might get injured. Not the most...

11 Questions To Ask Yourself When You Start Running

11 Questions To Ask Yourself When You Start Running

When I first started running I was all out but I didn’t know how to do some things. Running should be simple and yet there were questions to ask yourself when you start running that I could not answer. I wanted to run, I wanted to enjoy it so I...

How To Start Running? 7 Basic Rules to Making A Good Start

How To Start Running? 7 Basic Rules to Making A Good Start

If you’ve decided that running will be the starting point in your new health plan that will turn you into a fitter, leaner and faster human machine with healthier blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stronger heart and clearer mind, then I cannot...

Eating, nutrition & hydration

What & When Should Runners Eat – Running Nutrition For All Types Of Runs

What & When Should Runners Eat – Running Nutrition For All Types Of Runs

In an ideal and care-free world a runner should just lace up and go. We shouldn’t think of such unnecessary terms like, say, ‘fuelling’. What is fuelling anyway? What and why do we need to fuel? Can’t we just run? My first running steps were all about careless jogging in the park but the moment...

8 Seriously Useful Tips For Running In Hot Weather Conditions

8 Seriously Useful Tips For Running In Hot Weather Conditions

I love outdoor running throughout the year. I’ve had some great runs in all kinds of weather. But when it comes to favourites then warm, even hot, summer days will always be something I look forward to. Running in hot weather can be a treat for aficionados like me, but just like with any extreme...

Running gear & outdoor running

9 Great Benefits Of Running In Groups

9 Great Benefits Of Running In Groups

People run solo, people run in groups. Some train in groups but race solo. Or train in groups and race in relays. Or…...nevermind, you get the point. I run solo but I have run with friends. When I’m out there I will see lone runners but I'll also...

How I Plan My Runs

How I Plan My Runs

I read that professional marathon runners train twice daily, six days per week in general. They are the people who will run the marathon in 2.15hr and below. Their speed is simply insane and incomprehensible for amateur runners. They plan their...

7 Seriously Useful Tips For Running in Cold Weather

7 Seriously Useful Tips For Running in Cold Weather

Table of contents 1. The first thing to consider when running in cold weather 2. Don’t forget hydration! What? Hydration in the cold? 3. The importance of Stretching when running in cold weather 4. If running in the dark and alone... 5. Running in...

11 Commandments For Running In The Rain

11 Commandments For Running In The Rain

We can run indoors in a controlled environment or we can run outside where any weather show can happen. And rain is often a deal breaker, a point which will determine whether we stay in or go out. Now, the most important fact about running in the...

5 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Buying Running Shoes

5 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Buying Running Shoes

Whenever you see a runner, you’ll spot some very simple gear. Shoes, shorts, top, maybe a watch, maybe a hat. Some have a few more bits carried along. Every part of a runner's gear has its purpose but not one of them is as important as the shoes....

running inspiration and motivation

Step Up Your Running – How To Run Beyond 5K

Step Up Your Running – How To Run Beyond 5K

I have written blogs about each of my running journeys, including my first steps to run beyond 5K, but I keep getting asked about a simple ‘all-in-one-place’ guide. The long wait is finally over, the guide is here, fresh and crisp! Whether you are...

13 Types of Runners – Which One Are You?

13 Types of Runners – Which One Are You?

Running is basically very simple. One leg, then another, faster than walking. Easy. But if we look closer there will be certain categories of runners. Different running styles and types of runners. Some of us are happy to stick with our chosen type...

9 Great Benefits Of Running In Groups

9 Great Benefits Of Running In Groups

People run solo, people run in groups. Some train in groups but race solo. Or train in groups and race in relays. Or…...nevermind, you get the point. I run solo but I have run with friends. When I’m out there I will see lone runners but I'll also...

How To Set And Accomplish Running Goals

How To Set And Accomplish Running Goals

Each running journey starts with a desired goal, something we haven’t done before, something we are keen to accomplish. Something to strive toward. A beginner runner who is very young and talented may dream of the Olympic glory. A 52 year...

New runners:

How To Set And Accomplish Running Goals

How To Set And Accomplish Running Goals

Each running journey starts with a desired goal, something we haven’t done before, something we are keen to accomplish. Something to strive toward. A beginner runner who is very young and talented may dream of the Olympic glory. A 52 year...

5 Beginner Runner’s Frustrations And How To Overcome Them

5 Beginner Runner’s Frustrations And How To Overcome Them

Once we have decided that running will be our way of getting fitter and healthier we start feeling positive and content. Next we shop around for shoes, clothes and some accessories, it’s part of the fun. The choice between running in the gym or...

9 Reasons Why People Quit Running And How Not To

9 Reasons Why People Quit Running And How Not To

Benefits of running, mental as well as physical, are well known and are the main reason why many take up running. From that starting point onwards we all take different journeys. Many will be happy to jog several times per week or maybe explore...

15 Frequent Running Questions Every New Runner May Ask

15 Frequent Running Questions Every New Runner May Ask

On the surface running is very simple. Basic equipment, simple movements, loads of benefits. And then we begin to discover one thing after another and, naturally, start asking questions. At times there could be plenty of them. Like a child facing a...

Older runners

7 Golden Tips for Older Runners

7 Golden Tips for Older Runners

So, who are ‘Older’ Runners? How old is ‘old’?   The majority of clinical articles and studies refer to older runners as those in the 40+ age group. While we can all agree that 40 is far from old, that age is just a number, and we may exercise and...

Running routes