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How Running Helped - By Nicki (Mrs MedalMad)

Many of us will have seen or heard people talk about how running 'keeps them sane' or that they would 'go crazy' without it. There is also scientific evidence that agrees! Running does have a positive impact on mental health. The science says that running releases the happy hormones called endorphins, which help us feel good. I'm sure I'm not alone...
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New App and Website Updates Coming Soon

We are always constantly working to improve the experience for our community. And it is our community that have shaped the new features coming up on the website and the app. The new additions to the website are small but will help make it clear when challenges sell out. We often get people saying they did not know, and can they join. But when a cha...
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New Medal Release, Plantar Fasciitis and Rhythm of Running

This week we are looking at injury and how to cope with it, check out the blog post from our very own Mike who is struggling with injury at the moment. We have a new medal release and some important information for the parents on the benefits of running. MedalMad Team Running with Plantar Fasciitis I have to admit I am not one of those that needs a...
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The One with the Medal

Could I BE any happier? Things I love: 1.Friends (the TV show) 2.Running 3.Medals 4.10K distance This medal ticks all of the above points. Whilst out running my 10K to earn this medal, I made sure the Friends theme tune was on my playlist – had to be done right?! ØA kilometer for each season – genius ØA medal that looks like the Central Perk sign –...
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Run for Dad

Run For Dad. Sadly, my dad passed away the day before Father's day last year. I miss him every day. I was already planning a run on the anniversary of his passing.. he was so proud of my lifestyle changes, it just felt like the right thing to do. So when I saw the Father's Day challenge was taking place again this year it was just perfect. A 5...
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MedalMad - the spark to your running ambitions through virtual running

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MedalMad is all a out the community and their achievements. Yes we do like an awesome medal, but mostly it is the awesome achievements that we hear about that makes it such a great community. Everyone has different reasons for running and different motivations. What gets you running may be so different from someone else you can't even und...
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Craigie was put in the Red Corner!

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​ Craigie was put in the Red Corner. For the last 8 weeks, as well as doing our running, Melissa & I have been training twice a week for a charity boxing match in aid of Cancer Research. I might not have been adding lots of miles to my goal of 1000 for the year, but my overall fitness has definitely improved. So when the Dirty Dancing medal cam...
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The Three Things earning my Marathon Medal has Taught Me!

Marathon Medal 2 So last month I talked about a month of transition and that fact that I have never ran a marathon. I am working towards my first ever half at the end of June and training is going well. I have already ran more miles this year than I did in any other year of my life! I would be confident in saying that in the last 10 years I ran les...
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Group Running or a Lone Ranger?!

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​ Solo or with friends? Most of the time circumstances dictate that I run on my own. I feel very safe where I live, there are lots of road and trail routes that I can go and I have to be flexible around my family and work. Since having my children, I have been part time at work and Tuesday is currently my full day off. The weather the last few week...
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Parkrun PB as a Busy Mum

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​ Parkrun PB I don't get to go to Parkrun very often as my husband works 7 out of 10 Saturdays and I have 3 young children (ages 4, 5 and 6). Whilst my 6 year old loves to run with my, the younger two don't. I have taken them before and it becomes an unpleasant process as they want to give up and do something else, even walking becomes a chore for ...
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Running Bucket list

  With a foot injury, I've not posted on my Instagram account as much as I would usually. I have however taken more notice of what other people are doing with regards to their running. There are some amazing accounts on Instagram and I'm in awe of what other people gave achieved. It got me thinking about what I would like to achieve long term,...
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Becky: May Blog

  May has not been the month of running, I hoped it would be. After completing my personal challenge of 75 running miles in April, I was buzzing. I hoped to complete a further 60 running miles this month. Alas, it seems I over exerted myself in April and I've picked up a foot injury.  At one point this month, I thought it had healed and h...
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Paul Ran Paris, Paul Ran London & Tons Of Bling To Show For It

  April was a pretty busy running month for me, lots of miles/kilometres and a good bit of bling too. First and foremost was the Marathon de Paris at the beginning of the month, so I'll start with a word on that. This was my second time running the Marathon de Paris and this one was far more successful than my first attempt. In 2015 I suffered...
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The Journey to Malaga continued.. (1000 Miles in 2018)

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A quick update on how I'm progressing with my 1000 mile challenge plus a summary of what I've been up to in February & March. February 73 miles / 465'000 steps - Total to date 175 miles from Crawley - Virtual Destination Belgium. Just looking back at the challenges I have taken part in February the list is long.. 5K Pursuit Challenge 13.1m Purs...
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Runner's lost mojo

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  In March, I was suffering from 'Runner's lost mojo.' I asked a number of people how I could go about getting it back. The general consensus was: Get out there and run more! So, in April, I set myself a personal target of running 75 miles throughout the month. This would be the most I've ever run in a month but I was determined to achieve it....
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New Set. New Goals

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April is a month of transition for me. It is the month where I have completed the Fairy Tale Series medals and the same month where I have started the Marathon Monopoly Medals. This is a change of going from 5K runs to earn my medal to 26.2mile runs to guarantee that bling! A 5K run, once a month in return for a medal is more than in my comfort zon...
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Fairytale Part 4 of 4

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  I've completed the set. Woo hoo J And what a great set they are too. Over the last four months I've ran with a goal Now that I've finished I feel superb Collecting these medals helps to keep my motivation up as Everyone knows some runs feel so tough Understanding your body becomes a key skill Pushing yourself when you know you can handle it ...
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MedalMad at the London Marathon Expo 2018

Last week the team travelled to the big city. Not to find pavements of gold but to find MedalMadders who had taken on the biggest race in the world.  We were there for four days, and we met many people with so many different stories. We really appreciated everyone that came to our stand. Particularly those that were nearly out the door, but ca...
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"Run Forest Run", 10K Challenge

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What an Iconic film! When I first saw this challenge come up, it just had to be done. Until I started running, my life was certainly like a box of chocolates. I was very occupied with chocolate; boxes of; bars of, actually - whatever I could get my hands on, several times a day! It became a problem but then I discovered 'moderation' through getting...
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London Marathon

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On Sunday I got the train to London to go and watch my friend Kath taking part in the Virgin London Marathon (her first one.) I travelled up to London with our other friend Caroline; we arrived at London Waterloo slightly later than expected after 2 trains, a technical fault and a replacement bus service. We're were just in time to see the fir...
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