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Virtual Running for Kids

​MedalKids was set up due to the demand for challenges for the younger runners out there. But our aim is not to develop runners for the future, its not even really to help develop running kids. Our aim is to help children to love to be active, to explore the world around them and develop confidence through being active. It is these factors tha...
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The Running Hat Virtual Run

The Running Hat Virtual run is a challenge for 2019. A total of 50km has to be completed to earn the medal and all the tie charms.  The challenge can be completed by running, walking or cycling. Challenges can also be done in parts and broken down to a level that suits medal and each tie of this virtual run is earned by completing 10...
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A Fabulous Great South Run

Living in Portsmouth, it's always been an ambition of mine to run the Great South. Over the years I watched it on the TV and said... "next year".​ Well this was the year. I've now been running for 16 months so thought that it was the best time to do it. A few weeks ago I did a half marathon, and, if one more person says to me 10 miles is easy if yo...
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Girl Power!

I'm a big fan of the Spice Girls. I have fond memories of dancing around in the living film with my sister and a couple of our friends. I think we may even have done a performance in assembly once! Anyway, the less said about that the better lol. I've decided running is a bit like the Spice Girls:Scary - that moment when everyone starts crossing th...
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Three Quarters Of The way There!

I'm sure you'll all agree that the mental aspect to running can be as challenging as the physical side, sometimes harder. If you've read my other blog post about the Disney medals you'll know that this is number 3 of a set of 4. That's 75% of them are mine and just 25% to go. That would seem like I've done most of the hard work and only got a bit m...
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I Did Berlin Too!!!

 I did Berlin too!!!So in the month that Eliud Kipchoge set not only his own personal best but also a world record, I too was setting my own marathon best. And I got a nice shiny Berlin themed medal for it too.I've never ran a marathon (my first one will be London 2019) but I am now two thirds of the way to completing a set of virtual marathon...
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Going Underground.

A little running event took place in London in April. I've followed it on TV since I was young and have been up to watch it live a few times. Yes, of course I am talking about The London Marathon. Like so many others, so far my ballot entry has been rejected, so when I saw that Medalmad were doing a London Underground Marathon Medal I signed up and...
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Your Running Motivation

Motivation is one of the mysteries of the world. It is a fluid, variable and fluctuating part of us. What motivates us changes every day, week, month and year. What motivated us in our teens would probably not be so high on our agenda now, well maybe for some. Or what will motivates us in the future will not be what motivates us right now.The first...
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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 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 TeamRunning with Plantar Fasciitis I have to admit I am not one of those that needs a g...
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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 chal...
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A Marathon In Prep For A Marathon!

Well, July has been a busy month for me. As a teacher it has meant the end of the school year (yeay!), we have had 7 family birthdays including my own and, I got some HUGE news. I am going to be running the London Marathon 2019. Like so many others, I have entered the open ballot but I also applied for a charity place as it is a charity close to my...
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1st Of A New Set!

My initial reason for signing up to a virtual race was to help keep me motivated during my training runs. To help me to meet set distances in training and to go out in the wind and rain when I really didn't want to (as a runner you will know exactly what I mean!!!)The first race I ever signed up for was the Harry Potter House medals. I loved that f...
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The One with the Medal

Could I BE any happier?Things I love:1.Friends (the TV show)2.Running3.Medals4.10K distanceThis 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 – geniusØA medal that looks like the Central Perk sign – perfect...
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Run, Forrest, Run

 Forrest Gump is known as many things, one of them for being an ultra marathoner. I'd signed up for the Run, Forest, Run 10km medal but due to my lost mojo recently it wasn't my greatest triumph! I've been doing a bit of background reading about the Forrest Gump film and found this fascinating article about whether his run, that took 3 ye...
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Running is like a box of chocolates

I'm pretty confident in thinking that any runner will agree that there are a range of run types. Some are amazing, others are awful from start to finish. You get your PB runs and then the ones where you question why you even run at all. We run in the glorious sunshine and the horrific wind and rain. The snow, the dark, the sun, up hills, through fi...
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"A goal without a plan is just a wish"

Recently, I've been having a wobble with regards to my running. When I'm out there doing it, I still love it, but I've been lacking the motivation to get out there in the first place. Throughout March, my longest run has been 5km which is very unlike me not to run further, and I've been taking plenty of walk breaks which is also unlike me on shorte...
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Fairy tale series; Part 3 of 4

 Whilst running for my 3rd of the Fairy Tale Series medals, I spent the 5K thinking about why I run. Here are 14 of the reasons that went through my head:Because I've got all the gear!Eating guilt free after a long run.Food - oh wait, I've already covered that one!One run can change a bad day to a good one.Races - practice makes me better at t...
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Look like a beauty run like a beast challenge

This was the 2nd of the Medalmad Fairytale series. The previous was the Mirror Mirror challenge and both were 5K.If you've seen any of my previous blogs you'll know that for me.. Parkrun and fancy dress go hand in hand. So why not dress as the hulk as part of the Tilgate Parkrun Superhero event to mark our 300th Parkrun. It was amazing running alon...
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Running Buddies

 Hi All, This post I am going to write about running buddies..more specifically my two year old running buddy. I started running when my little boy was six months old and he came with me every week to running club. He even got good at wiggling his feet when we were warming up. When he was a dink he used to sleep about ten minutes into the run ...
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Before Midnight: A Modern Fairytale.

Enter your text here ...Once upon a time there was a girl named Runderella who just loved to run. She wanted to complete a Medal Mad virtual challenge and earn a medal called 'Before Midnight.' Alas, she was unable to, as her trainers were old and worn; they kept threatening to injure her each each time she wore them out on a run. Whatever would sh...
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​Heyyou guys…. Cheers!

So Craig has already asked our horse Hercules to write a Medalmad guest blog, so it's only fair that his wife gets to do one now.I'm Melissa, 'trouble and strife' of Craig - your usual blogger.The first reason I wanted to write this blog was firstly because Craig bought me the 'Hey you Guys' 10K Medalmad Challenge for my Birthday, and the second re...
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These Girls Can Run The World

When I saw this challenge I thought it was just a 'girls only' event but like all things at Medalmad they are always inclusive! In fact if you are regular reader, you'll remember that even my horse Hercules has taken part in one of the challenges (and even wrote the blog). That one was meant to be about running with your dog (I don't have one), but...
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The Pursuit Challenge 13.1M Section

 It seems that I Just can't say no.Every new challenge Medalmad launch - I want to take part in.So, when I saw the Pursuit Challenge - it just had to be done. I'm not running a marathon this year, and to be honest I am really enjoying just staying half marathon fit. One of the halves in my diary this year, (after thoroughly enjoying it last ye...
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Emerald City

 My last blog was about some steps back I had while training for the London Marathon. I explained how after a few weeks of taking it easy and doing some cross training, my shin splint was able to heal. Which brings me onto my next challenge. I had a 10km race booked three weeks after my shin splint had caused me problems. Having not ran v...
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