Author: Dr Juliet McGrattan

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Top Tips for Running in the Heat

I’d been training in freezing temperatures and cold winds when I was suddenly plunged into the heat of the Virgin London Marathon in 2013. As a relatively new runner and taking on my first marathon, I was anxious about running the distance anyway and this quadrupled when I realised how warm it was going to be. How much should I drink? What speed should I go? Would I even make it round now? So many extra things to think and worry about. I survived without incident and I’ve since run marathons in soaring temps in Mallorca and Boston and along the way I’ve picked up lots of tips for running in the heat.

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Active Women Interview – meet Alex Barnes

With the London Marathon just around the corner I know that this Active Women Interview is going to hit the mark for those of you thinking that maybe one day you’d like to run but don’t really think you can. I want to introduce Alex Barnes who only twelve months ago could barely run for 30 seconds. She is about to line up at the start in London and during her running journey, she’s discovered a whole lot more than how to run, along the way. 

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Manchester here I come!

So, Sunday is the day! I’ll be lining up on the start line at Old Trafford and only 26.2 miles will be between me and the finish. If I’m honest, I’m in complete denial. I think possibly that’s a good survival tactic, there’s no point expending energy worrying about it. 

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What is exercise teaching my children?

I’m a big advocate for #activekids. I really encourage my own children to take part in all manner of exercise, from family walks through to formal sports coaching.  I spend a huge amount of time and energy ferrying them around the county and beyond for their classes and competitions. Is it really worth it? Can’t they just run about in the local park?

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Active Women Interview – meet Sarah Clancy

Today I’d like to introduce Sarah Clancy. She is running a campaign called Wild In Herts to inspire families and children to get more active and explore in and around Hertfordshire. Her passion for activity shone through in this campaign so I got in touch and asked her if she would take part in this Active Women Interview series so we could all benefit from a little of her enthusiasm!

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The Women In Sport North Conference

I was asked to sit on a panel for the Women In Sport North Conference. I knew this was going to be an amazing day and it certainly didn’t disappoint. 48 hours later I’m still buzzing. It was fun and interesting, yet quite challenging at times and I have many things to ponder. To me, that’s a successful conference; one that’s enjoyable, informs you, connects you to like minded people but also gives you lots of food for thought and questions going forwards.

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Latest Marathon Training Update

Well, there have certainly be some challenges thrown at all of us when it comes to getting out and keeping active over the last few weeks haven’t there?! My first update was five weeks ago. Since then, the miles have cranked up and so has the wind speed, the weather warnings, germ level and the general business of my life!