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🏃‍♀️

🏃‍♂️Outdoor running – 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...

How I Achieved My First 10K Run After Completing Couch to 5k

How I Achieved My First 10K Run After Completing Couch to 5k

I started running by following the Couch to 5K program which took me 9 weeks to complete. After finishing the C25K plan I was able to run for 30 minutes three times per week. I knew that I achieved a milestone target and was aware of the importance...

Advanced running:

5 Reasons Why Some Runners Avoid Stretching & Why You Shouldn’t

5 Reasons Why Some Runners Avoid Stretching & Why You Shouldn’t

Runners and stretching. Some say ‘yes’, some say ‘no’, some ‘maybe’. For some it works, some believe it doesn’t work for them, some don’t care either way and do it whenever, if ever, they feel like it. Some preach the benefits, some get injured due...

The Importance of Strength and Cross Training for Runners

The Importance of Strength and Cross Training for Runners

We’ve all been there. Just started to run, struggling with reduced lung capacity, pains all over the body as well as self doubting through the whole ordeal. And then we hear that on top of it all we should be doing strength training. And there is...

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...

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...

How I Achieved My First 10K Run After Completing Couch to 5k

How I Achieved My First 10K Run After Completing Couch to 5k

I started running by following the Couch to 5K program which took me 9 weeks to complete. After finishing the C25K plan I was able to run for 30 minutes three times per week. I knew that I achieved a milestone target and was aware of the importance...

avoiding & healing running injuries

How Different Personality Runners Cope With Running Injuries

How Different Personality Runners Cope With Running Injuries

Running is a high impact sport. We thunder and pummel the ground with each step, sometimes for very long miles. Most runners simply never think of injuries, but then, like it or not, running injury does happen. Some even say that running is...

5 Reasons Why Some Runners Avoid Stretching & Why You Shouldn’t

5 Reasons Why Some Runners Avoid Stretching & Why You Shouldn’t

Runners and stretching. Some say ‘yes’, some say ‘no’, some ‘maybe’. For some it works, some believe it doesn’t work for them, some don’t care either way and do it whenever, if ever, they feel like it. Some preach the benefits, some get injured due...

5 Reasons Why Runners Get Injured & How To Run Injury Free

5 Reasons Why Runners Get Injured & How To Run Injury Free

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 Common Running Questions New Runners Ask

11 Common Running Questions New Runners Ask

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 common running questions.  Important questions that many new runners ask that I really needed answers to. Basic things...

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 The Heat – Hot Weather Run Rules

8 Seriously Useful Tips For Running In The Heat – Hot Weather Run Rules

First thing's first: Should you run in heat and humidity, and should you run in the summer at all? 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...

Running gear & outdoor running

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...

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

15 Common Myths About Running Punctured

15 Common Myths About Running Punctured

Runners and non-runners alike are a very opinionated bunch when it comes to the topic of running. There are some well-known truths about running that ‘everyone knows’ and some are so ‘common’ that nothing can change them. New runners sit around the...

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...

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 bloke who...

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

Running routes