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Gear pick of the week: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080

By Georgia Scarr on in Gear
For a light, cushioned ride, it doesn't get much better than these shoes by New Balance.

This offering from New Balance strikes a unique combination of lightness and cushioning, giving a supremely comfortable ride without weighing you down. The design was developed using data from runners with an average pace, making it particularly good for new runners or those beginning to up their mileage. I personally ... 

How your arches make you a faster runner

By Kit Fox on in Training
New research explores how energy is stored and released every time your foot strikes the ground.

Each time your foot strikes the ground on a run, your body claims something valuable that few species can - free energy from the arch in your foot. A recent study published in Scientific Reports examined the role of the human arch while running. The authors wanted to see how energy ... 

Kenyan athletics chief suspended over bribery allegations

By on in News
The chief executive of Athletics Kenya has been provisionally suspended over allegations of corruption, the IAAF Ethics Board has announced.

Athletics Kenya (AK) chief executive Isaac Mwangi has been provisionally suspended from all positions within Athletics Kenya and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after it was alleged he asked athletes for bribes to reduce doping bans. The news comes a week after Mwangi asked to step down for 21 days while the IAAF investigated bribery ... 

How to talk to a runner about eating disorders

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
If you're concerned about a fellow runner, follow these tips to make this difficult topic a little easier to address.

We’ve all met the odd runner who strikes us with concern – the person pounding the gym treadmill each morning, your running club friend looking frail at a race start line or a colleague unfalteringly pushing themselves to exhaustion. But at what point should you say something? “Eating disorders come in ... 

A runner's guide to yoga classes

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Whether you're looking for more flexibility or core control, there's a yoga class to suit your goals.

All styles of yoga offer a myriad of benefits for runners, however it can be useful to learn the specifics of the movement patterns in order to develop a training recipe that includes a variety of ingredients to balance your strengths and weaknesses and optimise your performance. Every runner is unique ... 

How to balance yoga and running

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Yogis should focus on easy running, while runners should choose less intense yoga classes.

Yoga is a fantastic complementary activity for runners. It aids in developing muscular strength, flexibility and balance, which can reduce the risk of injury, and it also helps you improve your mental focus and breathing efficiency for running. Running is also a wonderful complement for yoga enthusiasts as it boosts ... 

Running, eating disorders and energy deficiency

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
When trying to be a good athlete turns into something more sinister, it's time to seek help.

With an estimated 725,000 people in the UK affected by eating disorders, it’s no surprise that amateur and competitive runners are among these. Much discussion around this subject has tended to focus on the female athlete triad - as a medical condition found in physically active girls and women, which ... 

How to cope with training exhaustion

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
To fight fatigue, it's critical to get enough sleep and calories to support your running.

Erin asks: I’m training for a 5K PB. I am doing a lot more speed work and quality runs than normal. I can’t get over how tired I am, especially since I am not doing long runs or high mileage. I find it hard to get through the afternoon. Any advice? Training ... 

7 reasons to keep a running diary

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Training
Does your training need a leg up? Keeping a diary could be the game-changer that your running needs.

Spring is in the air and marathon season is upon us, which means runners are hitting the streets more than ever. But even with the best intentions, in the run up to race day sometimes the task at hand can start to feel daunting and training can fall behind. If ... 

Can I still run with piriformis pain?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Manual therapy and strengthening is the best solution to piriformis pain.

Stephanie says: Do you have any advice for training for a marathon with a problematic piriformis? I've been dealing with pain and tightness in the area ever since my last marathon in October. I did physiotherapy for two months (in April and May), which included lots of stretching, massage, weight training and little to zero ... 

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