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Race report: Heroes Ultra

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The Heroes Ultra, a gruelling traverse across the savagely beautiful interior of Crete, is a new race with an inspiring wartime history. RW’s Tobia Mews summoned his inner hero to tackle an epic adventure.

‘You’re almost there, just keep moving,’ I say to myself as I hobble along the beach, casting longing glances at the blue waters of the Mediterranean. It’s easier said than done. Over the past 24 hours I’ve run right across the unforgiving interior of Crete and right now I’m feeling ... 

Why bother with clocks on race courses?

By Dave McGillivray on in Events
In large, chip-timed events, the times displayed at mile markers are only accurate for front-of-the-pack runners.

Years ago, before the huge field sizes and multiple wave starts, I always thought seeing course clocks along the race route was both informative and motivational. Now, I am not so sure anymore. Once the gun fires and the clocks are set to that gun, the times displayed by those clocks ... 

Why everything hurts in the morning, according to science

By Sarah Klein on in Health
Your muscles and joints really are stiffer and more sore when you get out of bed. Here’s why.

You know the feeling: you fall asleep feeling fine - good, even - and wake up with the sense that it’ll take a crane to get you out of bed. Everything hurts in the morning, and it’s not just because you slept in a wonky position or on a lousy pillow. Turns out, ... 

Trailer - RUN FOREVER. Nicky Spinks & The Double Bob Graham

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Watch the trailer documenting Nicky Spinks' becoming the fastest person to run a Double Bob Graham Round

In 2016, the inspirational Nicky Spinks made fell running history by becoming the fastest person to run a Double Bob Graham Round. The 49-year-old cancer-survivor marked 10 years post-diagnosis by running the 132-mile Lake District route, which included around 54,000ft of ascent, in a time of 45 hours and 30 ... 

9 steps to getting faster at sprinting

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Want to improve your running fitness and overall health? Learn the right way to sprint.

I read your column about high-intensity training, and I wanted to ask about proper form during the sprints. Is it different from proper form during easy running/jogging or merely a sped-up version of it? In other words, do I consciously alter my posture, movement range, etc., during sprints? The short answer ...  ... 

How to run at your best when you're 65+

By Richard A. Lovett on in Training
Adapt and adjust your training to continue racing as you grow older.

65-74 ‘Humans are well adapted to run into late middle age,’ says Daniel Lieberman, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard University. He says our ancestors appear to have evolved to continue running or hunting well into today’s masters years. ‘Hunter-gatherers often live into their 70s or even 80s and they remain very ... 

Do ice baths really fight inflammation?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A new study questions the logic of post-workout cooling.

Sports science, circa 2005, was pretty confident that ice baths accelerate recovery by fighting the inflammation in muscles after a hard workout. The actual evidence that ice baths really hastened recovery was admittedly ambiguous, but the idea that cold fights inflammation seemed self-evident. By 2015, the message was less certain. Yes, ice ... 

How to let go of pace and run by feel

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
It’s easier said than done - especially for data nerds - but effort-based pacing ensures you’ll perform your best on the given day.

I understand the concept of training and racing by feel, and I've even attempted to do it for a full marathon training cycle, but it's really, really hard for me to let go of pace. If I don't know how fast I'm going in training, how can I know what I can ... 

On tour: Bucharest Half Marathon

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The Bucharest Half Marathon is a surprising treat in a newly vibrant capital city, says RW’s John Carroll.

The Bucharest Half Marathon begins in the shadow of The Palace of Parliament, in Constitution Square, close to the centre of the city. In fact, this colossal edifice (the second-biggest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon) once cast a shadow over the entire city. A monument to hubris, ... 

How to train for a marathon on 3 days per week

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Are you an experienced marathon runner prone to running injuries? Here's how to get faster on fewer miles.

I'm training for my fourth marathon, and I find that if I run more than three times per week, I get injured. Is it possible to train for a marathon and improve my time on three days per week? What a great question. The short answer is yes, it is possible ... 

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