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Live like an Olympian: Heart-rate variability

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Your heart-rate says a lot about how ready you are to train.

Heart-rate variability What it measures: Readiness to train; signs of overtraining Why have it? Heart-rate variability (HRV) – the variation in the time interval between heartbeats – is increasingly being monitored in elite runners. ‘While genetic factors explain about 30 per cent of HRV, high variability has been shown to be associated ... 

How to run downhill

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
It’s hard on your legs, but there are strategies that help.

You’d think it would be easier to run down a mountain than to run up it. And sure, if you’re talking about gasping for air and feeling your heart pounding, that’s true. But as far as your legs are concerned, running downhill for a long period of time is one of ... 

5 training mistakes every runner makes

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Avoid these behaviours to run your best.

I’ve been coaching runners one-on-one, in groups and online for more than 23 years. I have guided thousands of new and seasoned runners through their training for 5Ks, ultramarathons, and everything in between. And I’ve seen these five issues come up over and over again, like a scene out of the ... 

Don't let acid reflux ruin your running

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
These nutritional strategies and medications can help prevent acid reflux.

I'm a marathoner who always get acid reflux during races. I need to eat and drink to keep my energy up, but doing so makes me feel so bad. Any advice? Completing a marathon is a huge physical challenge - and experiencing mid-race acid reflux will certainly make that feat even ... 

How much do heavy shoes slow you down?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
A study finds that adding even a few ounces affects race times.

Heavy shoes slow you down by forcing you burn more energy at a given pace. But by how much, exactly? Studies dating back to the 1980s have shown that for every additional 100 grams (3.5 ounces) per shoe, you burn about 1 percent more energy. In theory, running speed and energy ... 

5 stretches you should never do

By Markham Heid for Prevention on in Training
Keeping limber is vital to preventing injury, but make sure you do it right. Some stretches just aren’t worth it.

There’s a lot to like about stretching. Whether it’s for post-run recovery, a little morning yoga to wake you up or simple stretches to ease out back tension, it’s beneficial in countless ways. Research suggests stretching is a great way to maintain balance and freedom of movement, especially as you get ... 

6 weird things that happen to your body while running

By Selene Yeager on in Health
Running blasts stress, strengthens your heart and gives you great legs - but it can have some strange side effects.

The benefits of aerobic exercises such as cycling or running are unmistakable. But a few of its odder side effects - like tasting blood during a race, maybe - could be mistaken for symptoms of problems. Relax: strange as these physiological reactions to exercise are, they generally aren’t cause for alarm, says sports medicine doctor Jordan Metzl, author of The Athlete’s ...  ... 

First look: Nike Air Zoom Structure 20

By Ben Hobson on in Gear
A stalwart of the structures shoe market and the Nike running collection gets an update, but what’s new?

The product: Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 In a nutshell: The support shoe has been heralded as the cure to all ills and more recently chastised as the ruin of runners, yet it still remains a fundamental part of the running market and as Nike celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ... 

First look: Saucony Xodus ISO

By on in Gear
We got an early test of the latest trail offering from Saucony.

The shoe: Saucony Xodus ISO In a nutshell: Cushioned, protective and durable without compromising on grip. The technology: 2015’s Xodus 6 gets updated with Saucony’s Everun cushioning tech in the heel and topsole to add comfort on uneven surfaces, along with their ISOFIT upper designed to adapt to your foot shape. What Saucony says: “The Xodus ...  ... 

Live like an Olympian: Physiological profiling

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Ever wondered if you're really responding to those training sessions? There's a way to find out...

Physiological profiling What it measures: Physiological response to training Why have it? ‘Physiological testing provides a here-and-now picture of how an athlete’s body is responding to training, which is monitored over time,’ says Paul Hough, lead sport and exercise scientist at Sports Performance Services, St Mary’s University. ‘Quicker race times only tell ... 

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