Category Archives for "Running"

Why Stretching Your Hamstrings Might Be a Waste of Time

I’m constantly asked about two things. One is ITB problems (if you’re interested, check out How to Give Your ITB Some TLC). Th second is hamstrings stretches for runners. Unfortunately there is no magic pill for either. Sorry 🙂 That distinctive tightness in the back of your upper leg has plagued almost every runner or […]

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Top 12 Most Popular Posts of 2012

With 12/12/12 occurring this month, I thought I’d extend that theme. Welcome to our 1st ever annual wrap up of the most popular posts here this year. Whether you are new to the Sparta community or a regular visitor, a triathlete, runner, cyclist or someone just interested in general health and fitness, I’m sure you’ll […]

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Next Time: 15 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Your Dreams

Next time, I’m going to… …do more core exercises …do less mileage … do more stretching …stop wasting time on Facebook …start doing strength training …get more sleep …do more quality sessions …get down to my race weight …drink more water …drink less beer …eat more fresh foods …eat less chocolate …get more massages …start […]

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3 Ways My Crystal Ball Can Predict Your Next Injury

It happens one day when you least expect it. Your training is all going well. You are consistently ticking the sessions off your program. Looking back at your sessions, you know that your average pace is increasing. You feel fitter and stronger and confident that this might the time you finally pull together all the […]

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A Love Story: My First Time…

Even all these years later, I still remember the moment as if it were yesterday. The morning sun had only just cleared the horizon. The early spring air was still cool on my nose & lips. Dew formed droplets on the surrounding trees and reflected the sun’s rays. I still remember how I felt. Invigorated. Electrified. Alive […]

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18 Again: What Top Athletes Wished They Knew at 18

Take a moment & think back to when you were 18. What were you doing? What did you think you would be doing with your life? How different are you from the person you were at 18? For many of us, life unfolds very differently from how we imagined it would. It certainly has for […]

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The Art of Unconventional Excellence

I have always been a big fan of sporting autobiographies. I have just finished reading One Way Road, the autobiography of 3 time Tour de France green jersey winner, Robbie McEwen. And before that, it was I’m Here To Win by 2 time Ironman World Champion, Chris McCormack. What I loved most about both books (if I […]

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6-5-1@SPARTA interview with Benita Willis

Benita Willis | Saucony sponsored athlete

The winner of the 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championship (the last non-African to achieve this feat), Benita Willis is one of Australia’s greatest ever middle distance runners. She holds the Commonwealth Record for the marathon as well as the Australian record for the 2km, 3km, 5km 10km & marathon. Over the years, Benita has […]

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8 Things Your Body Wants You To Know

I’m sorry. I have been talking about you behind your back. Were your ears burning? I know it’s rude but, well, you know, it had to be done. Truly. So who was this discussion with? Well, here’s the thing. I was talking about you – with your body. Your body isn’t too happy about a […]

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What Pavlova Can Teach You About Your Training

Pavlova. A delectable & irresistible Australian dessert consisting of a light fluffy meringue base, topped with cream, fruit and chocolate. (And before anyone from New Zealand says it, yes like everything good to come out of New Zealand, we Australians have claimed it as our own!  ) Happiness in a spoon if you ask me. […]

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The Art of Achieving EPIC Results

There are times in your life when you have to step up & do things. Things you know you should do. Things you don’t want to do. Or can’t be bothered doing. Things that will make a significance difference to the outcome. Things that will contribute to your success, bringing you pride, joy & satisfaction […]

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