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Gear Q&A: What are the best all-round running shoes?

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We ask our resident gear expert Kerry McCarthy for his advice on compression kit, all-round running shoes and anti-blister socks.

What makes a pair of great all-round running shoes for road, trail and treadmill? Well, first of all you can discount the treadmill. You should use separate shoes for that if only to keep the mud out of the gym, plus you're not likely to clock high mileage on a treadmill ... 

Moderate beer intake 'has no ill effects' on post-running recovery

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Drinking a moderate amount of beer in addition to water after running had no adverse effects on rehydration, according to the findings of a new study.

That post-run pint isn't anything to be ashamed of - a recent study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that moderate beer intake after running in hot conditions had no adverse effects on rehydration. The research, carried out at the University of Cadiz in Spain, had 16 ... 

Which antioxidants help and which hurt?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A new review weighs the evidence on antioxidants for athletes.

Everyone knows that you should eat a healthy diet with plenty of vitamins in it. But what about pills with concentrated doses of antioxidants? The evidence there is much shakier, even though many athletes continue to turn to supplements in search of an edge. In the upcoming issue of the journal Continue ... 

Making the best of a bad workout

By Greg McMillan on in Training
Don’t despair if things haven’t gone to plan – you often learn more from failure than you do from success, says elite running coach Greg McMillan.

Bad workouts and poor races: we all have them and we always will. As a coach I no longer fret about the occasional flat session - instead, I see them as learning opportunities. Let's look at the main reasons for bad workouts and, more importantly, what to do about them. Wrong ... 

10 steps for making hot weather tolerable

By Susan Paul on in News
Once you understand why summer running feels harder, you can try to overcome it.

Understanding how your body cools itself may help you figure out how best to run in hot weather. When you run, you get warm because your exercising muscles increase body temperature. When body temperature rises, a greater percentage of blood flow is directed to your skin surface in order to carry ... 

5 key prehab rules to avoid injury

By Paul Hobrough on in Training
These five essential prehab tips will help keep you running strong.

Think about where you work and what position you’re in most of the day. If you spend a great deal of time sitting at a desk you will have tight hip flexors and lengthened glutes. This means you increase your chance of developing lower back pain when you’re running. Schedule more ... 

Ultra runner Paul Giblin sets new West Highland Way record

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Giblin wins the 95-mile ultra for the third time in a record-breaking 14:14:44.

Following his record-breaking win last year, Paul Giblin has won the 95-mile West Highland Way ultra marathon again in a new record time of 14 hours, 14 minutes and 44 seconds. RW's Rhalou caught up with him about how he prepared, what's next and how he celebrated. You've set yet another ... 

What is tempo running and how do I do it?

By Karen Asp on in Training
Build your endurance and speed by hitting the middle ground.

You know what it feels like to run easy and you’re probably also familiar with the burn of going nearly all out. But what about the paces between those two levels? Workouts that target that middle ground – tempo runs – should be part of your weekly routine. These workouts help ... 

How can I run with herniated discs?

By Jenny Hadfield on in Health
Once your doctor has given you the green light, you must build strength and listen to your body.

Belinda asks: I have been a runner for the past few years. A few weeks ago, my back and hip started to give me pain, so I went to my chiropractor and got an MRI. I have two confirmed herniated discs. I took a few weeks off of running, but ... 

Train like an Olympian: Speed

By Jo Pavey on in Training
Fire from all cylinders and up your pace with help from GB Olympian runner Jo Pavey’s speed-boosting workout.

These plyometric exercises will help improve your speed. Performing them, muscles are given an eccentric loading (lengthening action) followed by a concentric contraction (shortening action). The objective is to be able to use energy accumulated during the loading phase to maximise the muscle contraction in the opposite direction. Plyometric work is ... 

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