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Increase your mileage the smart way

By Susan Paul on in Training
Follow these steps to avoid injury as you start adding in longer runs.

Alex asks: I'd like to increase my weekly mileage, but I'm concerned about getting hurt. Unfortunately, I have had several running related injuries already. Right now I'm running between 12 to 15 miles a week but would like to build up to at least 20 miles a week, maybe more. ... 

Training for stronger bones

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Strength training and jumping boost bone density.

Apparently men get osteoporosis too. That’s one of the interesting factoids that jumped out at me from a recent study by Pamela Hinton and her colleagues at the University of Missouri, published in the journal Bone. As they point out: Men account for approximately 40% of the 9 million new osteoporotic fractures ...  ... 

Barefoot schoolteacher begins running the length of Britain for charity

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Aleks Kashefi is just a few days into running from Land’s End to John O’Groats for the Stroke Association.

Charity running may seem like a challenge, but Aleks Kashefi has taken fundraising one step further. He's in the process of running the entire 1,206 mile length of Britain completely barefoot from Land’s End to John O’Groats for the Stroke Association. Read the news story here. The 37-year-old science teacher at Buxton Community School started his intrepid journey ... 

Cycling to recovery: Part 3

By on in Health
Deputy Digital Editor Georgia hit spinning hard to rehabilitate some nasty injuries, but what happened when motivation took a back seat?

Read Cycling to recovery: Part 1 and Part 2. Spinning classes are an acquired taste. As good as they are for cross-training, it takes a certain something to fix yourself to a bike and plough away while going absolutely nowhere… and after two months of switching my five times weekly ...  ... 

Snack attacks for runners

By Pamela Nisevich Bede, M.S., R.D on in Health
Eating between meals is a great way to fuel running if you do it right.

Whether you’re cutting calories or looking to add more nutrients, smart snacking - emphasis on smart - can play an important role in helping you meet your goals. Low-calorie snacks can help fill the void between meals, giving you the willpower to say “no” to more decadent, diet-derailing choices. High-calorie snacks can ... 

87-year-old charity marathoner Iva Barr given Point of Light award

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
An 'inspirational' 87-year-old retired teaching assistant has been named a Point of Light by the prime minister following her 19th London Marathon.

Charity marathoner Iva Barr from Bedfordshire has received an accolade from Prime Minister David Cameron in recognition of her incredible charity work. The Point of Light award recognises outstanding individuals who make a change in their community and inspire others through voluntary work and fundraising. The oldest female runner at the 2015 ... 

Dutee Chand cleared to race following landmark gender case

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has been cleared to compete again after IAAF suspends 'gender test' rules.

In a landmark gender case, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has suspended 'hyperandrogenism' rules, allowing Chand to compete for India in the World Athletics Championships in Beijing in August. The 19-year-old sprinter was banned from competing by the Athletics Federation of India last summer after failing a hormone test that revealed her body produced high levels of ... 

Sex files: Running and sexual ability

By Kerry McCarthy on in Health
You can hold up through a long run, but how's your endurance elsewhere?

Forget popping the little blue pills and pop on your running shoes, instead. It seems there’s a link between treadmill endurance and sexual endurance, according to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology that monitored both treadmill and sexual performance. The results clearly showed a ratio of each ... 

The beauty of blackcurrants

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Packing a nutritional punch, blackcurrants are the perfect fruit for runners. Read on to find out why...

Often passed over in favour of more glamorous fruits, blackcurrants are a great choice if you want to boost your overall health. Here are five reasons to cram more currants into your diet... Immune boost: Blackcurrants pack a massive 338% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C per 100g, so pesky ... 

How to train for back-to-back marathons

By Susan Paul on in Training
Use the first marathon as a training run for the second one.

Elsie asks: I'm training for my first marathon, which is at the end of November. My plan is to do this marathon, and then six weeks later, I want to run another one with some friends. Is this crazy? Is it possible to run two marathons so close together? Yes, it’s ... 

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