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  • My first Endure24 – Bananas, Blisters and 90 miles of running

    My first Endure24 – Bananas, Blisters and 90 miles of running

    Those of you who read my previous post will know that I recently entered Endure24, a 24hour trail running event on a 5 mile looped course, with the objective of covering as many loops / miles as you can within 24 hours. In summary, I absolutely loved every aspect of the event, from the event […]

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  • Stepping into the unknown again – this time at the Endure 24hr Trail Race

    Stepping into the unknown again – this time at the Endure 24hr Trail Race

    Less than a year ago I was stepping onto the starting line for the North Downs Way 50 (NDW50) mile trail race – what I referred to (at that time) as the ‘impossible.’ I can still remember how in the weeks leading up to that event my mind was totally consumed with the event. I […]

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  • Time To Go Ultra – Running The North Downs Way 50: Race Day Recollections by Graham Carter

    Time To Go Ultra – Running The North Downs Way 50: Race Day Recollections by Graham Carter

    I had the pleasure of ‘crewing’ for long-term listener of the Maximise Potential Podcast, Graham Carter, in his first ever Ultra Marathon last week. Many of you will remember that I took my first plunge into the unknown last year, in this very same race – now it was Graham’s turn! From a personal perspective, […]

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  • My first London Marathon by Anthony Hubbard

    My first London Marathon by Anthony Hubbard

    Anthony Hubbard has been an incredible supporter of The Maximise Potential Podcast since its launch, and having the pleasure of being connected with Anth through Twitter (@anth_hub) over the last couple of years, we’ve followed each other’s progress with interest. In particular I’ve seen Anth focus with an increasing intensity on his running, firstly through […]

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  • My Marathon by Michael Martindale

    My Marathon by Michael Martindale

    Hi Everyone, I’ve run my first marathon in April with a time of 4 hours 23 minutes. The ‘Maximise Your Potential’ Podcasts were fantastic for me in the build-up and I’d like to share how they’ve helped me and hopefully show how they could help you… I first discovered the Podcasts through a friend at […]

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  • It’s Not Selfish To Want To Change Your Life by Will Teng

    It’s Not Selfish To Want To Change Your Life by Will Teng

    Hi everyone and welcome back to you all after (I hope) an excellent Christmas break. I’m going to start the article posts for 2013 with a superb (and extremely relevant) article that I received through Linked IN over the break, from Will Teng. Will considers himself to be ‘Mr. Average’ – yet he is someone […]

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  • My first ultra-marathon… it’s race day!

    My first ultra-marathon… it’s race day!

    The alarm has just gone off. It’s 5am on Saturday August 11th. It’s Ultra Day and I’m off to complete the North Downs Way 50-mile trail race, organised by Centurion Running and held across Surrey and Kent. Unlike every other runner I spoke to later that day, I think I was the only person who […]

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  • Anyone can be an ultrarunner… including me!

    Anyone can be an ultrarunner… including me!

    “Anyone can be an ultrarunner,” says Scott Jurek, the world’s best ever ultrarunner. That’s easy for Scott to say. This is man that runs 50 miles for fun – when he’s racing its normally 100+ miles. To nearly everyone else, these numbers seem crazy. I mean, just running a 26.2mile marathon is mad enough, but […]

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  • British Media, British People – stop whinging, we’ve got plenty to be positive about!

    British Media, British People – stop whinging, we’ve got plenty to be positive about!

    After travelling three months to return to the UK from Australia in time for the Olympics, I arrived at Heathrow airport on Sunday 15th July 2012, and was welcomed by helpful and efficient staff who had been brought in to welcome international guests. As my Olympic excitement was building I was then rewarded with a […]

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  • “How failing, losing or looking foolish is often the fastest way to become good at something!” Here’s my experience…

    “How failing, losing or looking foolish is often the fastest way to become good at something!” Here’s my experience…

    I like to ski, I’m not exceptionally good and it’s not a pursuit that I do with great regularity, but I’ve attacked my share of slopes in the past and the lessons I’ve learnt from them seem very appropriate to share now… Best-selling authors such as Daniel Coyle (The Talent Code) and Matthew Syed (Bounce) […]

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  • Keep strong and carry on, by Anth

    Keep strong and carry on, by Anth

    The race I mentioned on Twitter was the Brooks Run Doncaster 10k 13th May 2012. Here is My Story…. I have listened to the Dean Macey podcast a number of times and have used it as a mental boost during training as well as the race. I’m not sure why I get drawn to that […]

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  • So that’s what running a marathon is like, by Graham Carter

    So that’s what running a marathon is like, by Graham Carter

    On Sunday, I ran the London Marathon. This was my first attempt at running 26.2 miles, as I shared back in November 2011. I’ve been training for 4 months and actually found myself enjoying the long runs, using them as an opportunity to explore local sights in a way I never have before. How do […]

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  • My goals for 2012, by Vanessa King

    My goals for 2012, by Vanessa King

    First, a confession . . . . I’m afraid. I’m cripplingly afraid to dream. I don’t like to write down my goals, although a lot of people I know and respect do, because I’m afraid I’ll find them at the end of the year or whatever time period it might be and find that they […]

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  • Why not me? By Sam Nobes

    Why not me? By Sam Nobes

    I’ve been studying and practicing photography for over 5 years. I have always been told to follow my dreams and to pursue a career that I would enjoy. It may seem like obvious advice and I didn’t think too much of it whilst I was younger, but when your dream is the same as thousands […]

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  • Now For The Marathon, by Graham Carter

    Now For The Marathon, by Graham Carter

    I’m still pinching myself. After 4 unsuccessful general ballot entries I decided to apply for a charity place in the 2012 London Marathon through Back Up and today I found out that I have been successful. If I could travel back in time and share this news with my younger, athletically challenged self he would […]

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