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South African Wayde van Niekerk makes sprinting history

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Wayde van Niekerk sets a 100m‚ 200m and 400m hat-trick record.

South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk has become the first athlete in history to run the 100m in under 10 seconds‚ the 200m in under 20 seconds and the 400m in under 44 seconds. Van Niekerk ran 100m in 9.98 seconds in Bloemfontein on Saturday, adding to his 19.94 personal best ... 

10 ways to stay on top of injury

By Richard Lovett on in Health
A complete roadmap to keep you on the road and off the physio’s table.

For runners, injury goes with the territory. Research shows that every year between a fifth and half of us get injured. The exact figure is hard to pin down because sports medicine researchers don’t quite agree on what exactly qualifies as an injury. Is it something bad enough to make ... 

4 moves to release back tension

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Ease out your mid-back with these simple exercises.

Stiff back? Physio and Pilates specialist Ailish Toomey, thinks it can affect your stride. ‘If your thoracic spine is stiff, the trunk rotation that’s part of the running action has to come from somewhere else; it tends to be your lower back or neck,’ she says. ‘These areas then get ... 

Are you relying on over-the-counter painkillers to keep you running?

By AC Shilton on in Health
Popping NSAIDs like ibuprofen can ease off aches and pains, but they shouldn't be taken lightly.

You finish a hard workout, have a shower, then peer in the medicine cabinet to consider your options: Ibuprofen? Aspirin? Paracetemol? Maybe you just down two pills without a second thought. It’s hard to pinpoint what percentage of runners regularly take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, the technical term for many ... 

Does diet or exercise make you more hungry?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
The calories may be the same, but appetite cues like your sense of smell react differently.

Let’s say you spend three days burning 25 per cent more calories than you consume. You can do that by decreasing the amount of food you eat, or by increasing the amount of exercise you do. Is there any difference between the two approaches? That’s what a new study in the American Journal ...  ... 

Gear pick of the week: Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 2.0

By Georgia Scarr on in Gear
This week's pick is one for all aspiring ultra runners.

If you’re looking to go long – marathon or further – you don’t want to go in unprepared. That’s where the Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 2.0 comes in. With two 568ml bottles and space for a bladder, the vest means your hydration needs can be covered for miles. Its ... 

Train with astronaut Tim Peake in orbit

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Run with British astronaut Tim Peake live from the International Space Station using RunSocial.

British astronaut Tim Peake invites you to run with him as he trains for the Digital Virgin Money London Marathon on-board the International Space Station (ISS). Peake will become the first man to run a marathon in space as he prepares to take on the 26.2-mile virtual reality treadmill challenge on ... 

Mo Farah to make world half marathon debut in Cardiff

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Mo Farah has announced he will be headlining the GB World Half Marathon Championships team.

Mo Farah has confirmed he will be competing at the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on 26th March. His debut appearance at the event, Farah currently holds the European half-marathon record. He hopes to break the current 58:23 world half marathon record, set by Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese in ... 

How to avoid stomach problems on the run

By Phillip Latter on in Health
Unpleasant issues at the business end can hamper your training and ruin your races. Use this guide to identify the causes and make the diet tweaks to help.

It may not be something you’re comfortable sharing, but if you’ve experienced on the run what we’ll call, for the sake of decorum, a ‘Paula moment’, rest assured you are not alone. A study in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care found that 30-50 per cent of runners ... 

How tainted was the women’s 1500m at London 2012?

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
Six of the first nine finishers of that Olympic race have been linked to performance-enhancing drugs in the years before or after.

On February 29th, the IAAF announced that Sweden’s 2013 world 1500-metre champion, Abeba Aregawi, had tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended from competition pending the examination of her “B” urine test sample. News reports say she tested positive at an out-of-competition test early this year for meldonium, which was added ... 

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