Nell McAndrew’s Marathon Race Day Tips

With the London Marathon fast approaching, there’s only a few days left for those running to prepare for the big event. But before you cross the start line, Nell McAndrew shares her Race Day Tips to ensure you start off on the right foot.

Nell running 1Fuel up: You should have been carb-loading in the preceding days and had a carb-heavy meal the night before the race (make sure it’s a dish you’ve had the night before a long run before so you’re sure it agrees with you). Then have a good breakfast 2-3 hours before the run, such as porridge or toast with jam.

Avoid chafing: Bleeding nipples are a common and painful sight on many runners. Avoid them by applying anti-chafing gels to your body in the morning before you put your kit on and topping up just before the race in any delicate areas. Men could also try putting plasters over their nipples as theirs are more prone to bleeding than women’s. Also, cover your feet in anti-chafing gel to prevent blisters and apply gel to anywhere else your clothes might rub.

Hydrate: Drink a couple of glasses of water before the race but don’t go overboard. It’s dangerous to drink too much and will mean you have a stomach full of water and need frequent toilet stops. Adjust how much you drink to how hot it is on the day. Once the race is underway, don’t wait till you’re thirsty to have a drink, but sip water little and often.

Know the course: Familiarise yourself with the route in advance. This could help you mentally tick off the miles. You can also plan where your friends and family will stand so you can look out for them when you run past.

Plan ahead: You don’t want to waste nervous energy on the morning of the race worrying about the practicalities so make sure you have planned your journey to the start line in advance, allowing plenty of time to get there. Familiarise yourself with the organisation at the event so you know how and where your kit will be stored and agree a specific place near the finish where you can meet your loved ones afterwards.

Keep warm: Take some spare clothing or a bin bag to wear that you can then discard on the start line, as you often have to hand in your clothes for baggage storage at least 30 minutes before the off. I also highly recommend wearing spare trainers to arrive in, as at the London Marathon the grass at Greenwich Park is usually damp early in the morning. Then if it rains during the race you’ll also have a dry pair to change into at the finish.

Don’t go off too fast!: Find out what pace per mile you need to run to achieve your target time and stick to it. It can be tempting to get carried away with the race atmosphere and run too quickly at the beginning, but it’s better to run an even-paced race if you want to avoid ‘hitting the wall’.

Write your name on your vest: This is a great way to gain some extra support from the crowds. Hearing them cheer your name will help keep you going if you start to tire.

And more importantly, make sure you enjoy yourself!

jacketFor more tips on how to prepare for the London Marathon, as well as getting into running more generally, take a look at Nell McAndrew’s Guide to Running (available at a discount from 


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A Pact with the Devil

Guest blog by Tim Bean and Anne Laing

Would it surprise you to know that the average person is on 14 different medications by the time they die?

What most people don’t know is that this process begins much earlier in life, and stress can play a major part in it.

In the traditional sense, stress is simply a physiological response to a perceived circumstance.

Now in situations where a physical action is appropriate, these responses are fantastic.  We become able to function at a far superior level that we would otherwise be capable.  But the modern dilemma is that we are now almost entirely sedentary.

Most of the stress we encounter today tends to be faced from an office chair – and the stress never seems to end.  There is no real resolution, and no realistic way of physically responding to the threat.

In the modern office it isn’t appropriate to leap across the desk and strangle a colleague or your boss, and running away simply isn’t an option either. In many cases (such as time pressure, decision-making or workload) it’s a threat we can’t even see.

Physically, inside, the very responses that were programmed into us since the dawn of time to ensure our survival in a crisis now become the greatest threat to our lives themselves.

  1. Heart rate and blood pressure increase putting strain on our heart, blood vessels and arteries, placing us a greater risk of a heart attack, aneurism or stroke.
  2. Digestion suffers as the body prioritises activity to the muscles and major organs.
  3. Additional sugars and fats dumped into the bloodstream to use as extra energy are re-cycled and deposited as dangerous trunk fat.
  4. The constant unresolved stress overloads the adrenal glands, thyroid and pancreas – further compounded with the addition of coffee, cigarettes or other stimulant drugs.

Without the natural responses available to us, we become completely wired, yet worn-out.  Exhilarated, yet exhausted.  Fired up, but fed up.  And we can be assured of one thing – it will kill us sooner rather than later.

Let’s face it; stress is already embedded in the city, and it’s a devils pact. You sell your soul to the corporation, and it rewards you very well and looks after you. But it expects you to do its bidding, and generate the money.

Your private life can at times be extremely difficult, but it often takes second place along with your health and family.  Sometimes we have to remind people, “You’re going to burn out – you won’t be in a job, but in a hospital if you continue like this.”

One of the reasons that burnout is so severe and traumatic when it arrives, is that few accept that it is coming. It’s our ‘alpha’ drive that keeps the wheels of business turning. What the markets won’t allow, and what you can never admit to, is breaking down, burning out or stressing out.  Failure at any level is inconceivable, unacceptable – and unforgiveable.

It seems the first rule of command at the top is NOT talking about the psychological meltdown that’s just around the corner, so you start the day with coffee to get going, use high sugar snacks to get you through the day and unwind with alcohol at night.  Alcohol starts as an anaesthetic against the pain of pressure, yet can quickly become a destructive force in its own right.

Younger and younger men and women are ignoring the needs of their body and suddenly find themselves flaming out, having depressive episodes, or worse, experiencing a stroke or heart attack too early in their working lives.

Most people don’t really know what else they could do without their jobs. It’s a vocation and a profession, of which social standing and self-worth are important elements. However it’s also a lifestyle that by its very nature encourages more stress.  The perpetual treadmill that keeps going faster, and faster and faster…

That being said, statistics do show consistently that top performers in business, who survive the rigors of command, share some common traits.  They ALWAYS take their holidays, and they always prioritise quality sleep and time out.  They never miss exercise, they feed their body high-performance foods to keep it healthy – and what’s more they don’t abdicate this responsibility to others.

It is a top-down issue as leadership behaviour influences everyone else in the organisation. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is a personal option, but there is no doubt that the behaviours of senior management strongly influence the behaviour of employees.

And the key here is visible behaviour. What a manager says or writes has limited effect, but what he or she actually demonstrates through his or her behaviour is extremely powerful.

The great physicist, Albert Einstein, said, “Leading by example is not the main means of influencing another.  It is the only means.”

Companies now have to recognise the value of their cerebral capital. Their top people have to be looked after because it’s too costly when they break down.

Stress-Busting Strategies.

On the face of it there are some very obvious solutions.

  1. Prioritise 7-8 hours sleep – without a mobile phone in the room.
  2. Build stress-burning physical activities into your day – like weight training and climbing stairs.
  3. Get an Adrenal Stress Index Test, (ASI) to assess the body’s production of the major stress hormones, cortisol, and DHEA. This profile serves as a critical tool for uncovering biochemical imbalances that can underlie anxiety, chronic fatigue, obesity, diabetes and a host of other clinical conditions.
  4. Supplement with nutrients, such as vitamin C, magnesium and zinc, which can become depleted during ongoing stress – causing a hyper-active brain that won’t switch off…
  5. Commit to eating only nutrient-dense, high-performance foods.
  6. Avoid alcohol during the working week.
  7. Commit to a lean bodyweight. Excess fat is toxic to the business body and brain.

There’s more information, discussion and strategic action points in our latest book The Wealthy Body in Business.

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Looking after Mum this Mother’s Day

Guest blog by Sarah Schenker

If this is your first Mother’s Day you are no doubt looking forward to being spoilt, be it with a bunch of flowers, a cup of tea in bed or just an hour to yourself to paint your toenails! It’s really common for new mums to put everyone else and their demands first and put their own needs to the bottom of the pile. As understandable as it is, you could actually make life a little easier by taking some time to look after yourself and in particular think about your diet. What you eat can have a big impact on your mood, energy levels, health and wellbeing and the happier and more energetic you feel the better equipped you are to deal with broken sleep, smelly nappies and constant feeding.

Photo © Adrian Lawrence Photography

To maintain a balanced mood and a sense of wellbeing ensure your diet provides adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, good quality protein and all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. Along with all this you need plenty of water to maintain good hydration.

It can be easy to fall into the trap of relying on sugary drinks and snacks as a quick energy fix when your energy levels are flaking. But this temporary fix can actually do more harm than good as fluctuations in blood sugar levels can have a negative effect on mood and energy. After eating sugary foods or refined carbs, blood sugar levels can rise rapidly which may cause feelings of stress and anxiety, only to crash soon after, which can then leaving you feeling lethargic and in a low mood.

Rather than grabbing biscuits and fizzy drinks to keep you going through the day, aim to eat three balanced meals and eat with your baby as this provides a great opportunity to bond over food and your baby will pick up on good eating habits. Share nutritious foods such as avocados and bananas, while you can mash these for your baby, you can throw into a salad or chop into yogurt for yourself.

Photo © Adrian Lawrence Photography

You may have a little baby weight to lose, but this is not the time for fad diets. Try to eat plenty of fruit or veg at each meal and include some carbohydrate and protein. Wholegrain carbohydrate foods such as brown rice and quinoa are a much better choice as threes foods releases energy slowly, keeping blood sugar levels steady and maintaining a more balanced, calm mood. Protein foods such as lean meat, fish and eggs can help to keep you feeling fuller for longer which can help to control appetite and reduce cravings for sugary and fatty snacks between meals. Feeling more in control of your appetite can reduce stress levels and help you make healthier choices at meal times.

Going sugar free doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a treat, so try this naturally sweet recipe to indulge yourself this Mother’s Day.

Butter Bean Brownies

Butter beans may not be the first thing you think of for a brownie, but the addition of the beans provides a lovely moist texture and boosts the fibre content making them filling and satisfying.

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Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 40-45 mins
Makes 16

Butter or oil, for greasing
400g canned butter beans, rinsed and drained
1–2 tbsp (15–30ml) water
250g apple sauce
200g self-raising flour
2 tsp (10ml) baking powder
3 tbsp (45ml) cocoa powder
3 eggs
A few drops of vanilla extract
6 dates, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 180°C (Gas 4) and lightly grease a 26 x 18cm baking or traybake tin.

Place the beans and water in a food processor and whizz together until smooth – you are looking for the consistency of mashed potato. Add more water if the mixture looks too dry. Add the apple sauce and process again for 1–2 minutes, until smooth and well combined.

Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Add one-third of the bean mixture to the egg mixture together with one-third of the flour mixture and fold in carefully. Repeat twice more until all the ingredients are gently incorporated.

Add the vanilla extract and dates and gently fold through. Pour the mixture into the baking or traybake tin and spread evenly.

Bake for 40–45 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely before cutting the brownie into squares.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2–3 days, or open-freeze the squares on a baking sheet before transferring to a freezer bag. To thaw, remove however many squares you require from the freezer and let them defrost at room temperature.

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A delicious vegetarian recipe from Anita Bean

Anita Bean is an award-winning registered nutritionist, health writer, author and champion athlete.

‘You can’t build muscle without meat!’ is the typical reaction I get when I tell people that I’m a vegetarian athlete and competed as a bodybuilder for 10 years – before winning the British Bodybuilding Championships in 1991. Most look at me in disbelief. ‘Surely you need meat to compete?’ No way. My trophy may have gathered a bit of dust over the years, but it is solid proof that you can make it to the top of your sport without it.

In my new book The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook, I explain how a vegetarian diet can help you succeed in your sport, which foods you need to focus on and how you can put a vegetarian diet into practice. I’ve devised more than 100 healthy and delicious recipes, each designed to meet the needs of active people and athletes. They are all packed with nutritious ingredients, and best of all, they are all incredibly easy to make!

Here’s a sneak preview. Bon appetit! 

Chickpea and Vegetable Tagine with Couscous (Serves 2)
Perfect for a mid-week refuelling supper, this mildly spiced Moroccan-inspired tagine is packed with protein, vitamins and fibre. The dried apricots soften as the dish cooks and impart the most wonderful flavour and texture contrast – not to mention lots of beta-carotene and iron. I recommend making it in advance – the flavours blend and improve. You can make a larger quantity and keep the remainder in the fridge for up to three days or in the freezer for up to three months.

1 tbsp light olive or rapeseed oil
1 onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½–1 small chilli (optional)
1 red pepper, diced
½ butternut squash, peeled and chopped
½ small aubergine, diced
1 courgette, sliced
½ a 400 g (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes
½ a 400 g (14 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
150ml (5 fl oz) vegetable stock
75 g (3 oz) ready-to-eat dried apricots
A small handful of fresh coriander, chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
125 g (5 oz) couscous
125 ml (4 fl oz) vegetable stock
125 ml (4 fl oz) water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Small handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped

Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan. Add the onions and cook gently for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, spices and chilli and stir for a few moments. Add the vegetables and continue cooking for a few minutes, then add the chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, vegetable stock and apricots. Stir and bring to the boil. Cover then simmer for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the fresh coriander.

While the tagine is cooking, put the couscous, stock and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and leave to stand for 5 minutes or until the liquid has absorbed. Fluff with a fork, serve with the tagine.

Nutrition per serving

• 573 cals • 20 g protein • 11 g fat (1 g saturates)
• 87 g carbs (31 g total sugars) • 20 g fibre

Want to browse the full range of recipes from Anita? The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook is available to buy at discount from

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Saturday 3pm Twitter Competition


To celebrate the release of Saturday, 3pm: 50 Eternal Delights of Modern Football, we’re giving away five exclusive cover prints signed by author Daniel Gray.

To be in with a chance of winning one, simply retweet one of @BloomsburySport‘s giveaway tweets and tell us what you love about football – with hashtag #Saturday3pm.

The competition closes at 23:59 GMT on 7 December 2016. Bloomsbury Sport will choose three entries at random after the closing date and the winners will be announced on Friday  9 December 2016.

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Bloomsbury Christmas Gift Guide


Need a gift for the cyclist in your life? From stocking fillers to beautiful photographic guides, we’ve got Christmas covered. Take a look at just a few of our Christmas picks, then head to the sale where all our books are 45% off!*

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The life of Bernard Hinault – the French former cyclist who won the Tour de France five times – is recounted through stories, quotes and photographs in a beautifully packaged celebration of this great cyclist’s career.

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The first detailed account of the Festina affair, which ripped apart the 1998 Tour de France. Alasdair Fotheringham uncovers, step by step, how the world’s biggest bike race sank into a nightmarish series of scandals that left the sport on its knees. He explores its long-term consequences – and what, if any, lessons were learned.

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James Witts takes us into the world of marginal gains to find out how today’s elite cyclists gain the advantage – physically, mentally and mechanically.

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The Tour de France may provide the most obvious fame and glory, but it is cycling’s one-day tests that professional riders really prize. Toughest, longest and dirtiest of all are the so-called ‘Monuments’. This awe-inspiring book tells the tumultuous history of these extraordinary races.

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Ride the Revolution brings together the best cycling writing from women involved in the sport at all levels. It celebrates the glorious, sometimes murky, often bizarre and frequently hilarious world of cycling in all its soapy operatic glory – from the professional sport to the club run, on the roadside and in the saddle, behind the scenes and on the massage table.

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Christmas Gifts for Sports Fans


Searching for that perfect sporty gift this year? Whether you’re buying for football fans, cyclists, cricketers or armchair athletes, we’ve got Christmas covered. Shop now to get a festive 45% off!*

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9781472933874The Wenger Revolution: Twenty Years of Arsenal
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The Wenger Revolution chronicles a fascinating era of football, with a foreword and commentary from Arsène Wenger himself, stunning images by official club photographer Stuart MacFarlane, and additional insights from journalist Amy Lawrence.

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9781472925114Saturday, 3pm: 50 Eternal Delights of Modern Football
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Football’s menu of ills is long. Overpaid players. Sunday lunchtime kick-offs. Absurd ticket prices. Non-black boots. Where has the joy gone? Saturday, 3pm offers a glorious antidote. It is here to remind you that football can still sing to your heart.

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Hope Powell always wanted to play football as a child but she was told it’s not a suitable game for little girls. The original ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ tale, this is the inspiring story of how a kid from a south London housing estate became one of the most influential women in football.

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9781472943552-2Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer
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Written in conjunction with the man himself, this fascinating book documents LeMond’s career year by year – with unique and exclusive photography depicting the racing times of this exceptional bike rider.

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9781472921703The Science of the Tour de France:
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James Witts takes us into the world of marginal gains to find out how today’s elite cyclists gain the advantage – physically, mentally and mechanically.

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