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How does drug testing work?

By Alison Wade on in Health
What's tested, who's tested and other details on detecting doping.

With Rita Jeptoo's failed drug test in the news and other positive tests being revealed each month, we set out to answer some common questions about how drug testing the world's best runners works. What is drug testing? It is the collection and analysis of blood and urine samples for the purpose of screening ... 

Study shows running could actually protect knees against osteoarthritis

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Study finds lower incidence of arthritis in runners regardless of their age.

We all know in our hearts that it's really good for you, but runners will be pleased to hear that they can now legitimately tell naysayers to sod off when they suggest that running is bad for your knees. New research presented at the annual meeting of the American College ... 

Man v Marathon Des Sables: Taking on the Toughest Footrace on Earth

By Kieran Alger on in Events
One man versus 156 miles of the Moroccan Sahara.

In 19 weeks I’ll be standing under a start banner somewhere in the Moroccan Sahara. Ahead of me will be 156 miles of sand dunes, desert tracks and six days of 40-degree heat as I take on the ‘toughest footrace on earth’, the Marathon Des Sables (MDS).  I’ve done ultras before. ... 

Exercise could significantly lower depression risk

By Alison Wade on in News
A study has shown that exercise could lower depression risk by 19 per cent.

Many runners are anecdotally aware of the mood-elevating benefits of running, and new research published online this week in JAMA Psychiatry provides further support for that notion. The study found that subjects who exercised three times a week were 19 per cent less likely to be depressed. Researchers also found that ... 

How to fuel for multi-day races

By Susan Paul on in Health
When fueling for back-to-back events, carb intake is key.

Nutrition is an important part of our training. One of the physiological adaptations our bodies make to distance training is an increased glycogen storage capacity, allowing most runners to store between 1500 and 2000 calories of glycogen. Eating the right diet along with distance training can increase glycogen storage capacity ... 

Second annual 261 Women’s Marathon and 10K announced

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The only women's marathon in Europe is scheduled to take place on International Women's Day, 8 March 2015.

The Palma de Mallorca tourist board has announced the second annual 261 Women’s Marathon and 10K, the only women’s marathon in Europe, will take place in the city on 8 March 2015, International Women’s Day. Registration for both races is now open.   This is the second edition of this pioneering ... 

Mum-of-five plans to set world record by running London Marathon in stilettos

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News

As if running 26.2 miles wasn't tough enough already, Natalie Eckert from Stoke-on-Trent has announced ambitious plans to set a new Guinness World Record by tackling the London Marathon 2015 in stilettos. With a large family to take care of, the 37-year-old mum of five is no stranger to endurance, but ... 

Boston winner and MP Wesley Korir hopes to criminalise doping in Kenya

By Alison Wade on in News
Kenyan parliament member says he plans to introduce a bill that would penalise athletes, agents and doctors.

Kenyan parliament member and 2012 Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir announced via Twitter today that he will be introducing a bill in parliament to criminalise doping in Kenya. His announcement comes in the aftermath of the revelation that one of the country’s best marathoners, Rita Jeptoo, has tested positive ...  ... 

Weekend of running: 15th & 16th November

By on in Events
Your weekend of running in pictures.

"Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Saturday" - Susana Correia   Continue reading

How Much Does Practice Matter?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A new analysis measures the contribution of "10,000 hours."

Is greatness born or made? That's been a simmering public debate for the last decade, thanks to books about the "10,000-hour rule" and counterpoints like David Epstein's The Sports Gene. A big new meta-analysis was published over the summer in Psychological Science, from researchers at Princeton, Michigan State, and Rice, that offers ...  ... 

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