Author Archives: Kirsty

Nell McAndrew’s Guide to Running

Welcome to my guide to running. Whether you want to learn how to get started or – like me – you’re always looking for tips on how to get faster, I hope my book helps you achieve your goals.

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Running is my passion, it’s more than just a hobby. As a busy mum of two, it’s my stress relief and my favourite way to unwind. I’ve always loved the feeling exercise gives me. It makes me feel alive, energised and more confident. It also means I enjoy my food more and I don’t feel guilty about having treats like chocolate!

London Marathon 2012
London Marathon 2012

Exercise has become a way of life for me and I couldn’t live without it. Growing up in Leeds, Yorkshire, I was always sporty. At school I was on the netball team and tried karate for a while. I loved being active and trying new things but I was never particularly good at, or interested in, running at this time. Like many people, i think not being great at running whilst at school made me reluctant to try it when I was older. So instead throughout my twenties when I was working as a model, I kept fit at the gym and did workouts like those seen on my Peak Energy fitness DVDs. I would run on the treadmill or go for the odd run around the park, but it wasn’t until I signed up for the London Marathon in 2004 that I started to take running more seriously – and I haven’t looked back. It turns out I was much better at it than I thought! I was 30 then and ran my personal best (PB) time of 2 hours 54 minutes when I was 38. I achieved all my other PBs that year too (18 minutes 43 seconds for 5k, 29 minutes and 21 seconds for 5 miles, 36 minutes and 54 seconds for 10k and 1 hour and 21 minutes for the half marathon). So it just goes to show, it’s never too late to start or to improve. I’m now in my forties and I still believe I can run faster. I love the challenge of pushing myself to see what I can do.

Anyone who already has the running bug will know how fun and addictive it can be but it’s not always easy to get started, or to stay motivated. So I hope by sharing my passion for the sport, and what I’ve learnt along the way, can give you some support, encouragement and inspiration.

Running is fun and addictive!

Running is fun and addictive!

Since June 2012, I have enjoyed writing a monthly column for Women’s Running magazine outlining how I combine motherhood and training. I’ve always wanted to write a book and I’m delighted to finally put ‘pen to paper’ after joining forces with journalist Lucy Waterlow, a fellow running devotee. Lucy has interviewed me a number of times over the years and we bonded over our love of running and racing. This illustrates something else I love about the sport – no matter what your background or ability, you can always make friends through running. I love hearing about other people’s running experiences which is why I’ve included stories from Lucy and a number of runners in the book, alongside my own experiences and tips. I have been privileged to meet some of the best athletes, coaches, personal trainers and physiotherapists through keeping fit over the years and I have included some of their expertise here too. 

So what else can you expect from my guide to running? Well, in the first chapter, you’ll find advice on how you can get started and a 5k training plan for beginners. You don’t have to jump in the deep end and run a marathon straight away. There are plenty of 5k and 10k races on offer around the country every weekend so why not target one of those to get you going. The second chapter is all about how to add variety to your training to keep you interested, and how to get fitter and faster. There’s information on the variety of races you can do, and how to prepare for your perfect race and run a PB.

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I hope this book will encourage even more people to run regularly.

Dealing with an injury can sometimes be part of running so I’ve included a chapter with advice on how to avoid injury and how to deal with it should something happen. I love my food and aim to eat healthily as I’m aware how important nutrition is to running well. So information on the best foods to complement your training, along with an insight into my daily diet, is provided in the Food For Fuel chapter.  Then there’s a whole section Just For Women, covering topics such as dealing with your time of the month, how to keep running while pregnant (should you want to) and how to ease back into exercise safely after having a baby. Men are of course still welcome to read this section – it might help you understand what we’re going through!

Finally, if it’s the marathon you’re targeting, then chapter six is for you. There’s information on taking on the challenge of 26.2 miles, with race day tips and how I managed to achieve my aim of running a sub-three hour time. There’s also a number of inspirational stories from a variety of runners who explain what tackling the long distance meant for them. At the end of the book, you’ll find a pace chart and various training schedules for beginners to more experienced runners.
The running community is growing rapidly and I hope this book will encourage even more people to become part of it by running regularly. No matter what your age, background, gender or ability, running can be enjoyed by all.

Nell McAndrew

Bloomsbury Christmas Sale

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Wondering what to get your friends and family for Christmas? Who doesn’t love a gift of a book?!

Click on the picture above to discover a world of beautiful books. And if sports just your thing, click here to browse our sports pages.

But remember this offer is available for two weeks only.

The Cycle Show 2014

The inimitable Jens Voigt #shutuplegs

The inimitable Jens Voigt
#shutuplegs

We had a fantastic time at the Cycle Show 2014 at the NEC last month, even catching a glimpse of our favourite German pro-cyclist, the legendary Jens Voigt, fresh from setting the new Hour record. Here’s one of the less blurry snaps we got of him signing autographs on the Trek stand …

 Just a reminder to all those cyclists we met at the Cycle Show (or indeed any of you wonderful people who might stumble across this blog) that you can use the discount code on our website to get a whopping 30% discount off our cycling books.

And for those less Lycra-inclined, you can still use the code to buy all those Christmas presents for your cycling-crazy friends and family! 

All you need do is enter the discount code at the checkout when you’re buying your lovely cycling books: 

Discount code:  cycleshow14

Remember the offer ends at Christmas, so you better get clicking…

Here’s a few of our lovely cycling titles to inspire you:

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NEW IN: Sports Training Principles 6th Edition

The 6th edition of Sports Training Principles has arrived at Bloomsbury HQ and it looks fantastic. Thoroughly revised throughout, this comprehensive sports science textbook has been edited and authored by Dr Frank W. Dick OBE (President of the European Athletics Coaches Association) with contributions from:

  • Professor John Brewer (St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK)
  • Professor Timothy Noakes (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Dr Penny Werthner (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Vern Gambetta (Sports Training Systems, USA)
  • Dr Cliff Mallett and Dr David Jenkins (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Dr Scott Drawer (RFU, UK)

This textbook comprehensively covers the core aspects of sports training and coaching which can be applied to all sports and disciplines. It is the ultimate reference tool for all coaches responsible for training athletes to fulfill their performance potential.

the book covers the key sports science topics: anatomy and physiology; biomechanics; psychology; nutrition; performance analysis; training; and coaching theory and practice.

The ideal introductory textbook for all sports science students

The ideal introductory textbook for all sports science students

If you’re a lecturer interested in using the book on your course, email your full course details (Course Name, Level, Module, Number of Students and Start Date) and your academic address (Name, Position, Department, Address) to inspectioncopies@bloomsbury.com and our team will get back to you.

Bloomsbury Institute Event – Anita Bean talks sports nutrition

Ever wondered what Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray or Bradley Wiggins eat?

What does Wiggo eat ... aside from medals?

What does Wiggo eat … aside from medals?!

Anita Bean, bestselling author of Food for Fitness, reveals the dietary secrets of successful sportspeople and explains how you can use the same strategies to take your training to the next level. Anita exposes the truth behind popular sports supplements and debunks popular nutritional myths.

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or you just enjoy working out for fitness, find out the best way to feed your body and hear Anita’s top tips on sports nutrition. This is your chance to come and enjoy a healthy making_smoothiesmoothie (or a sneaky glass of wine) with Anita Bean and ask our bestselling sports nutrition expert your questions.

So get your tickets fast!

 

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Nutrition guru – Anita Bean

Anita Bean BSc R Nutr is the author of Food For Fitness and The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition. She is a registered nutritionist (Sports & Exercise) whose practical style has made her one of the UK’s most respected nutrition writers. Over the years, she has worked with numerous athletes, from club to Olympic level, contributed to numerous health and fitness publications and, as a former British bodybuilding champion, is a strong advocate of an active lifestyle.

www.anitabean.co.uk

 

Ticket details
Date: Thursday 16th October
Time: Drinks at 6pm and talk from 6.30pm until 7.45pm
Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP
Cost: £10 / £6 for students, including wine (or smoothies)
Tickets are available to buy online at http://www.bloomsburyinstitute.com or on the door.

Blimey, they're all at it! But what d they eat the rest of the time??

Blimey, they’re all at it! But what do they eat the rest of the time??

William Hill Sports Book of the Year – The longlist

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Love sport? Love books? Meet the #WHSBOTY longlist…

Bloomsbury Spot are delighted to have two books longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Rob Steen’s Floodlights and Touchlines is a superb social history of sport and Bill Jones’s book Alone tells the story of the life and tragic early death of John Curry, one of the most famous ice skaters in history.

Congratulations to Rob Steen and Bill Jones, as well as all the authors nominated.

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Want to be the new editor for Bloomsbury Sport?

Exciting news: we’re recruiting!!

If you think you’ve got what it takes, why wait. Get applying now and you could soon be working with the staggeringly brilliant Team Sport at Bloomsbury.

The opportunity

We are looking for a highly motivated and organised editor to work in our busy Sports and Fitness department. Bloomsbury Sport publishes the best in sport, health and fitness books, covering a wide range of subjects, from the history of cycling through to the practicalities of foam rolling. This is a challenging and exciting role for someone able to manage their own projects with plenty of drive and enthusiasm.

The role 

• Managing a number of full colour, mono and e-books through the editorial process from cover design and manuscript delivery through to publication
• Working closely with in-house Design, Marketing, Publicity and Rights departments
• Working closely with Commissioning Editors within the department
• Working closely with authors, and briefing freelancers, suppliers, photographers, photo agencies and illustrators
• Schedule and budget management
• Writing back cover and catalogue copy

Skills, knowledge, experience

• Editorial experience in book publishing
• Proficient with illustrated books
• Eye for design and layouts
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to prioritise and use own initiative, juggling several projects at a time
• Solid time-management skills in order to cope with competing deadlines
• Ideally experience of working on ebooks, and XML
• Ideally experience of working on photo shoots
• Meticulous attention to detail
• Wide-ranging interest in sports and fitness is desirable
• Proficient with all Microsoft Office packages and Adobe. Mac experience desirable.

This role is based at Bloomsbury’s London office, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP.

To apply, please send a CV, covering letter, including current salary details, to Julia.Thomson@bloomsbury.com. Julia Thomson, HR Administrator.

The closing date for this role is Sunday 31 August 2014.

Celebrate the Commonwealth Games

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30% off selected sports books from Bloomsbury

Browse our books and discover a wealth of sporting information on the games and the athletes who take part. From sports journalist Brian Oliver’s new book The Commonwealth Games, which brings the games to life with stories of the athletes who have competed over the years; to Podium a fantastic book that reveals the attributes and influences that are needed to become a champion and bring home gold. We have every book for the sporting fan.
Offer valid until 3rd August 2014.

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A Great Vintage: Merckx 69

We don’t like to boast, but, well, some of our  books are just so bloomin’ great that we can’t help but sing their praises. And for this beaut, we’ve borrowed some words from people who’ve beaten us to it…

‘MILLIONS upon millions of words have been written on Eddy Merckx over the decades and it will get to the point soon when there is nothing new to say, which is possibly why Bloomsbury came up with the interesting idea of revisiting a year in the life of cycling’s nonpareil with a series of documentary type photographs. As all my snapper friends constantly remind me a great image is always worth a thousand words. Damn them, but they are right.

Not any old year mind and not any old photos. 1969 was an incredible career defining 12-months for Merckx while the project collaborators Tonny Strouton and Jan Maes boldy opt for a montage of huge black and white snaps when presumably there are plenty of fine colour shots available if desired. A great black and white image is worth 10,000 words in my opinion because they instantly convey and historical importance and almost timelessness which makes it easier to relive that moment.

Merckx 69 will stretch the budget but I suspect will prove irresistible for any serious collector of cycling books. Just as the man himself had to win every race – or at least try – Merckx fans tend to be ‘completests’ and their ‘Merckx corner’ of the bookshelf will look bare without this mighty tome.’
Brendan Gallagher, The Tour

Merckx (69) and Merckx 69

Merckx (69) and Merckx 69 (© JAMES ARTHUR/PHOTONEWS)

‘featuring some utterly fabulous, grainy, black and white photographs from eddy’s 1969 season, tentatively holding your breath and opening the first few pages brings to mind nothing more or less than a pristine copy of rouleur magazine. you can argue the case for e-books all you like, there’s simply nothing to match the heady aroma of printer’s ink on heavy art paper. the photos are not only glorious, fascinating, engaging and addictive, but undoubtedly the very reason you’d part with your £35 in the first place.
this is an absolute doozy, one that will continue to offer those rouleur moments for ever and ever and ever.’
thewashingmachinepost.com

Sports Calender: June

How is it June already?! Fortunately, there’s plenty of sport to help keep you entertained while you get over the shock of it almost being midsummer’s day…

CRICKET
12th-16th First Test Match England v Sri Lanka
20th-24th Second Test Match England v Sri Lanka

TENNIS
9th-15th Aegeon Championship Queen’s Club, Baron’s Court, London
23rd-6th July Wimbledon Championships, Wimbledon

GOLF
12th-15th US Open, Pinehurst, North Carolina

MOTORSPORT
8th Canadian Grand Prix
22nd Austrian Grand Prix
14th-15th Le Mans 24hr

FOOTBALL
12-13th July
2014 FIFA World Cup, Brasil

POLO
15th Cartier Queens Cup, Windsor Great Park

 

Ever wondered a bit about the history of professional sport and the ingredients that magnetise millions around the globe? Well, if you fancy a spot of reading about the marvels of spectator sport, then look no further than Floodlights and Touchlines. It tells the stories that matter: from the gladiators of Rome to the runners of Rift Valley via the innovator-missionaries of Rugby School; from multi-faceted British exports to the Americanisation of professionalism and the Indianisation of cricket. Rob Steen traces the development of these sports which captivate the turnstile millions and the mouse-clicking masses, addressing their key themes and common links, from creation myths to match fixing via race, politics, sexuality and internationalism.

If you don’t believe me, why not read some of the great reviews it’s received already…

In his deftly-written and engrossing new book, Rob Steen reminds us again why, beneath the floodlights and along the touchlines, sport has consumed so many of us for so long. It’s as compelling as your favourite sporting memory – and more informative and amusing.
Donald McRae, The Guardian

Rob Steen is the wittiest and most astringent English-language sportswriter. And this book provides a brilliant narrative of spectator sport. Internationalist, progressive, cosmopolitan, yet earthy, it is an instant classic.
Toby Miller, author of SportSex

I believe that you will never fully understand the game behind the game without reading Floodlights and Touchlines. Rob Steen is the perfect guide to take you through this remarkable history.
Dr John Carlos, 1968 Olympian, medal stand protester

Rob Steen’s intoxication with sport’s dramatic qualities, his familiarity with the sporting scene on both sides of the Atlantic and his writing verve all shine through in this penetrating study.
Nick Pitt, The Sunday Times

Rob’s obstinate belief that sport and thought are not incompatible is an inspiration to us all.
Simon Barnes, Chief Sportswriter for The Times

Floodlights and Touchlines is a triumph. People who dismiss sports as mindless entertainment need to read this. People who love sports but find their ardor doesn’t extend beyond the numbers, need to read this as well. The sports world is better for its publication.
Dave Zirin, Sports Editor of The Nation and author of Brazil’s Dance with the Devil

Floodlights and Touchlines: Out now

Floodlights and Touchlines: Out now

For more info, or if you want to get your hands on a copy to read in between world cup matches and the tennis, click here.

 

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