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Headphones or no headphones?

Since i have been running, i have never ran with headphones.

This has mainly started from a safety perspective as most of my training is in built up suburb areas, so i want to make sure i can hear everything around me to reduce risk of any accidents.

I have noticed both when i’m on my runs and on social media that many people do use headphones, so i posted on Social media the question of who runs with headphones and why?

The answers that came back were extremely varied.

The overriding answer was that headphones are worn to help motivate whilst running and helps them run at a certain pace.

Many answered saying they have the music on loud enough so they can’t hear themselves breathing, as hearing themselves panting, puts them off their running!

Maybe someone has already completed a full scientific review on the pros and cons of wearing headphones or not wearing headphones?

For me, i will continue to run sans headphones as i love to soak in the atmosphere and surroundings, especially on race days days. Hearing the crowds cheering you on is priceless!

Keeeeeep running!

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Born to Run – The Secrets of Kenyan Athletes

Oh how serendipity works.

After only having recently posted about Born to Run, i was sent a link to a documentary about the Kenyan secrets.

This is a fascinating documentary of how it seems one area in Kenya produces champion after champion.

I don’t think there is any secrets.

Have a look here, and see what you think?

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Born to Run

What a great song, Born to run.

We were born to run: nobody wins, unless everybody wins.

That is the intro Bruce Springstein gives for his song, Born to run, which you can enjoy in video below.

For me it is also a mantra for running. We can all win. It’s not about who comes first in a race, wins medals or gets new PB/PR.

It’s the taking part and the sheer joy of running.

That is why, we were born to run.

What are you waiting for?


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Why am i not doing the Marcothon challenge?

Having been running for only 17 months, you may understand more why i’m not taking part in this challenge.

I first heard about this challenge on Instagram, like a lot of my running knowledge and experiences are from there.

When i Googled Marcothon, it came up with a lot of results and is quite inspirational, but it’s not for me. Running everyday for me would take out the fun that i enjoy with each run and looking forward to the hard training runs and also enjoying the rest days and cross-training days.

On Google i also found this blog post, about why the author of that post is also not taking part.

He goes into lot of depth how it all started and who created it. I will leave you to read that blog post and all the detail. But in summary, it was created by a guy who wanted to motivate HIMSELF to keep running and was already a TOP Ultra-marathon runner, so running 3 miles everyday for 1 month would of been like a stroll in the park for him.

To run everyday takes a lot of physical strength and i take my hat off to everyone who runs everyday for the month of December and thoroughly enjoys every minute, of every run, everyday.

And when you are done, maybe you can do a run movie trailer like the one below?


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My aim was always to run the London Marathon for Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Every week 12 young people in the UK die of undiagnosed heart conditions. The charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) have been working to reduce this risk, offer support to families and to fund medical research.

We have set up a local fundraising group called CRY Wolves and our aim is to raise money to host screening events for young adults aged 14-35 to prevent cardiac abnormalities and help save lives.

My aim is to raise £2016.00 by running the London Marathon, with some serious help from my incredible friends and family. 

Local businesses are a fantastic way to raise awareness and funds! Beauty Within in Penn, Wolverhampton hosted an event alongside CRYWolves where we sold cupcakes, hosted an awesome raffle and some very brave male volunteers let the ladies wax their chests!!

Not only was it the most hilarious charity event we have ever been a part of, it really allowed us to connect with our local community and we raised over £1500. I can not thank Jacqui and her team enough.

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A special playlist for running – Madrid Half Marathon Training

Después de muchísimas tiradas largas a lo largo de estos meses empiezo a conocerme un poquito más. Veo que soy yo la que me pongo límites, y no mi cuerpo. Cuando salgo a correr y durante los primeros kilómetros voy pensando “no puedo, no voy a poder, no voy a ser capaz, estoy cansada, he comido mal” esos días son los que no soy capaz ni de correr más de 5km. Sin embargo los días en los que los primeros kilómetros voy pensando en otra cosa que no sea “running” esos días tengo el éxito asegurado ¿Por qué? La mente es la que mueve al cuerpo y si estamos mandando señales negativas, tus piernas no van a poder afrontar los siguientes kilómetros sin sufrir.

Ayer  iba corriendo y en vez de pensar en el running como tal iba pensando en una manera de solucionar esto. Porque el día que corra la media maratón, va a estar un poco difícil no pensar en ello y necesito encontrar la forma de pasármelo bien ese día. Pues allá va: he decidido crear una lista de reproducción con canciones de las personas más especiales de mi vida y a las que quiero y guardo un cariño especial. De esta manera, cuando esté sonando cada una de esas canciones iré pensando en momentos bonitos que he vivido con esa persona y cada kilometro que corra, cada paso que de, será por alguien que me quiere y al que quiero. Esa carrera no la correré sola, la correré con mi familia y con mis amigos, que los tendré en la cabeza metidos durante los 21 kilómetros de la prueba.

Es una gran idea ¿verdad? ¿Alguien más se anima a probarlo?

After many long training runs over the past few months I start to know myself a little more. I see that my mind is the main limit of my legs.  When I run and during the first few kilometers I think “I can not, I am not able to do it, I will not be able, I’m tired” Those  days are the ones that I can´t run more than 5 kilometers. However the days when during first few kilometers I think about something different than “running ” those days I have guaranteed success. Why? The mind moves the body and if you are sending negative signals , your legs will not be ready for the following kilometers without pain.

Last weekend I was running while I was thinking a way to solve this problem: my incapacity of let my negative mind out of this game. I need to find ways to have fun on the day of my first half marathon. Well here is my solution: I decided to create a playlist with songs of the most special people in my life. Thus, when it is ringing each song, I’ll think about beautiful moments I’ve lived with that person and every kilometer runned, every step, will be for someone who loves me and whom I love. I wont run that race alone, I’ll run with my family and with my special friends, during the 21 kilometers of the race.

It is a great idea, don’t you think? Is anybody else going to try it?

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Week One – London Marathon Training


Getting out of bed and getting my gym gear is on is by far the hardest part of my work out. Especially as the mornings are so dark and cold.

Nonetheless, if I don’t get out and train I know I’ll end up regretting it in April. I’m already part of a gym called Fusion Fitness where I can take classes to work my core strength, boxing and various boot camps. I love the variety of these classes and the family – like feel keeps me motivated.

However the running this week wasn’t as much fun. I decided to keep it slow and simple; three miles around the block.

I’ve not really done much running since the half marathon and oh my gosh it was toughgetting back into it.

I started off too fast and ended up needing to walk after five minutes, I wore the wrong clothes and ended up feeling hot and bothered and like a noob I didn’t grip my hair back so the wind kept it constantly in my face!

And then halfway through my runs it always rained even if it wasn’t forecast to! What gives?! 

The smile in the photo below is absolutely fake! 

But at least I competed week one of my training… I probably should have done more runs than workouts but at least it’s a start.

On a side note… Treadmill running sucks. Like really sucks! It was the most soulless running experience of my entire life and I somehow ended up deleting all my music halfway through the run.

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Welcome to My Run Guru

Welcome to My Run Guru!

What is My Run Guru all about and what we seek to achieve can be answered quite simply.

My name is Donato aka The Reluctant Guru and i started running in June 2015, to help inspire others to be more active.

I have never been an athlete of any sort at any stage in my life. In fact, at school i was so bad at all sports, that when the option to elect not to do sports, i chose horticulture in a greenhouse instead, just to keep away from sports activities!

But during my short running journey when i started in June, there has already been many highs, and i have learnt a lot from other runners of all different levels.

I want My Run Guru to be a Community to help people get started in running and for those who have already begun, a place where you can improve and socialise.

If you want to join in and help spread the word and/or share some of your knowledge, feel free to get in touch with us via Twitter or Facebook.

I look forward to hearing your story.

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