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Benefits of meditation for runners

By Kelly Bastone on in Training
How quieting your mind can transform your emotional and physical wellbeing.

1/ Run happier People who meditate report improvements in mood and wellbeing, which may help running feel like a reward, not a chore. When you focus on the present moment rather than worrying about past or future disappointments, you start to notice plenty of fleeting details that are worth savouring, such ... 

How meditation can help you fulfil your running potential

By on in Training
RW’s Kelly Bastone finds her focus through meditation.

Professional ultra runner Timothy Olson was nearing mile 70 of the 2012 Western States 100 when he lost his mojo. ‘The burning in my lungs and legs was at a 10, and each downhill stomp sent stabbing pain into my quads,’ says Olson, who watched as another competitor overtook his ...  ... 

7 ways to fix your post-run recovery

By Susan Paul on in Training
If your body is dragging, consider making these changes to your process.

I have returned to running after a long hiatus, so I feel like a beginner again. Of course, many things have changed, but I am definitely noticing that my legs are not bouncing back from my runs as well as they used to. Any suggestions for aiding recovery? What’s most important ... 

Inside the UK's toughest obstacle course race

By on in Events
RW's Duncan Craig tackles the newest and self-proclaimed 'Toughest' obstacle race to hit the UK, and examines what the ever-evolving OR scene has to offer runners today.

As I’m called forward to the start line I’m a little surprised to note that my excitement is outweighed by a feeling of apprehension. I’ve lined up in dozens of races over the years, from marathons and ultras to tower runs and triathlons. Never have I experienced such butterflies. But ... 

Why iron is essential for runners

By Cathy Fieseler on in Health
It’s vital for energy and good health, but many of us are low in iron. Here’s what you need to know.

Why is iron important? A trace element in the body, iron is involved in the function of the immune system, but its most critical role is in getting oxygen to your muscles. So iron is needed for the body’s metabolism and oxygen transport system to function properly – and this is ... 

A runner’s guide to hip impingement

By Michelle Kight on in Health
Get an inside look at this painful hip injury.

What is hip impingement? Hip impingement - also known as femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) - is caused when the thigh bone (femur) and the hip socket (acetabulum) produce too much friction in the hip joint.  This causes hip pain and reduced mobility in one or both hips, and can damage surrounding cartilage. ... 

In a fartlek run, is there a minimum duration of faster intervals?

By on in Training
5-time Olympian Jo Pavey shares her speedwork expertise.

In a fartlek run, is there a minimum duration of faster intervals? A fartlek is a continuous run that includes harder efforts, with easy running between them. The number of intervals depends on what you are trying to get out of the session and also the event you are training for. ... 

Why it's time to say goodbye to BMI

By Selene Yeager on in Health
Research shows the Body Mass Index doesn’t yield the most complete information when it comes to an athlete's health.

Since the mid-nineties, health care professionals have used Body Mass Index (BMI) - a measure of how much mass someone has relative to their height - to identify whether a patient is at a healthy weight. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.99 is considered normal; 25 to 29.9 is overweight; ... 

Do older runners respond to interval training differently?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
A new study finds how fit you are matters more than how old you are.

The standard rule of thumb is that your VO2max, a measure of aerobic fitness, declines by about one percent per year after your mid-30s, and perhaps more when you reach your 70s. Of course, you can certainly beat the averages, and running is one good way to do that. But is ... 

Don't let a cold sideline your training

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
A new report says zinc lozenges can speed up recovery from illness.

With the summer winding down, it’s not uncommon for runners to catch a nasty cold. If you're gearing up for a marathon and increased mileage, plus changes in work and family schedules, your immune system may become taxed. If you don’t address the first sign of cold symptoms, the virus ... 

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