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How often should I strength train?

By Susan Paul on in Training
Just like when you add more miles, the key is to build gradually.

Jason asks: I'm trying to work strength training into my running routine, something I've never done before. I found a brief workout with dumbbells that includes deadlifts, squats, lunges and squat thrusts. I did it for the first time last week and my legs were so sore that I couldn't run for ... 

What is recovery and why do I need it?

By Ian Williams on in Training
Rest and recovery are just as important as training, so make sure you include them in your running schedule.

Isn’t recovery just lying around doing nothing? Training plans mainly focus on the importance of long runs, intervals, hill training and other key sessions, but the gaps in between the workouts for rest and recovery are the yang to the yin, the good cop to the tough workout’s bad cop. Without ... 

3 mind games to get you through tough runs

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Long runs and races challenge both your physical and mental strength. These strategies can help your brain stay in the game.

I’m training for my first half marathon. I’m doing well with the physical training, but I’m really struggling with the mental side of things, from handling the distance of the long runs to finishing without whining about pretty much everything. Do you have any mental tricks to get me through? ... 

The ankle: A user’s guide

By Annie Rice on in Health
Your ankle-protection plan should go beyond spotting potholes. Get clued up on how the muscles work and sidestep injuries.

HOW YOUR ANKLE WORKS ON THE RUN Your ankle both drives you forward and minimises impact forces. ‘When your foot hits the ground, the ankle’s dorsiflexion – when your toes move closer to the shin – acts as a kind of shock-deferral device,’ says physiotherapist Paul Hobrough of Physio and Therapy. ... 

The solution to obesity

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
It’s simple: just follow these 67 steps.

I’m kidding. I don’t have “the solution” to obesity, but I’ve been thinking recently about how we frame the debate about solutions. This was sparked in part by a New York Times article by Anahad O’Connor earlier this week about a new Coca-Cola-funded nonprofit called the Global Energy Balance Network, “which promotes the ...  ... 

Jo Pavey set for retrospective 10,000m bronze medal?

By Georgia Scarr on in News
Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse, who took the 10,000m silver at the 2007 World Championships, is under investigation for doping.

GB long distance runner Jo Pavey may be set to retrospectively receive a World Championship bronze medal, following the announcement that Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse is under investigation doping after her samples tested positive for a banned substance. Abeylegesse took the 10,000m silver in Osaka’s 2007 World Championships, with Pavey landing fourth ... 

How to cope with post-long run cold sores

By William O Roberts, MD on in Health
Run down? If you suffer from cold sores after your long runs you may be pushing yourself too hard.

Do you suffer from post-long run cold sores? These are caused by a herpes virus and tend to occur in about the same spot - on or near the lips - with each outbreak. The skin can break out in small blisters, which can feel tingly or painful. The blisters usually ... 

Running injuries in shoes and barefoot

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A prospective study searches for answers in the ongoing debate.

Judging from all the arguments about it, barefoot running seems to be (as Homer Simpson said about alcohol) the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. But does going barefoot really reduce your risk of injury? The few studies that have attempted to answer this question have tended to be ... 

Is there a best way to lose weight?

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
Which is ideal for shedding pounds - running or lifting? A recent study may have the answer.

If the reason you exercise is to lose weight, you may have wondered which type of exercise will give you the best results: endurance training (like going for long runs) or strength training (like lifting weights).A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that combined with a reduced ...  Continue reading ... 

IAAF re-testing strategy reveals 32 more athletes with 'adverse findings'

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
The IAAF re-testing strategy has uncovered 32 more suspicious blood test results from Helsinki 2005 and Osaka 2007.

The International Association of Athletics Federations has released a statement revealing their long-term storage and retesting strategy has led to disciplinary action against a further 28 athletes. The news comes just days after German TV station ARD questioned the IAAF’s anti-doping efforts in a controversial documentary alleging widespread doping between 2001 and 2012. The IAAF ...  Continue ... 

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