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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 ... 

Nick Symmonds to miss World Championships over kit row

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
American 800m runner Nick Symmonds has been left off the US squad for the World Championships following a disagreement over training kit.

American 800m runner Nick Symmonds has been excluded from the US squad for the World Championships after refusing to sign a mandatory USA Track and Field (USATF) contract forbidding athletes from wearing anything but Nike kit. On Sunday Symmonds tweeted, 'I just received word from USATF that I have been left ... 

How to add race simulation long runs to your marathon training

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
These taxing workouts are best reserved for experienced marathoners looking to improve their finishing times.

I’m training for my first marathon and have heard that adding race simulation long runs to my plan will help. What is the difference between a long, slow run and a race simulation run? Should both be part of my training? - Jake Welcome to the wonderful world of marathoning, Jake. This ... 

Blood test leak: 29% of London Marathon winners may have doped

By Georgia Scarr on in News
29% of London Marathon winners have had suspicious blood results since 2003, according to the Sunday Times.

A Sunday Times report released yesterday (9th August) has claimed that almost 30% of London Marathon winners since 2003 may have doped to improve their performance. Seven winners of the men's and women's races over the last 12 years recorded suspicious blood scores, revealed by last week's leak of 12,000 ... 

How to taper with two races on the schedule

By Susan Paul on in Training
The right plan that gets you from one race to the next.

Joe asks: I'm training for a marathon in October, but I am also running a half marathon in August. I was wondering how to taper for the half in the midst of my marathon training. The half marathon is a training race, not a goal race, but I still want to ... 

Which weights activate more muscle when you lift to failure?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
What's better for muscle growth, heavy weights versus light weights? Alex Hutchinson investigates.

A few months ago, I wrote about the growing body of research suggesting that it doesn’t really matter how much weight you lift, as long as you lift to failure. A series of studies, mostly by McMaster University researcher Stuart Phillips’ group, has compared the effects of doing three sets ...  ... 

How to create the perfect fuelling plan

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Once you know the basic principles of mid-run nutrition, experiment to find what works for you.

I’m new to running and I’m confused about all the nutrition products that are available. I have been racing 5Ks and 10Ks and am working toward a half-marathon. Help! What is the best way to fuel? - Bethany Bethany, you’re not alone. The number of fuelling options has skyrocketed. Years ago, ... 

The dangers of over-hydrating in the heat

By Liz Applegate, PhD on in Health
Staying hydrated is key, but overdrinking can be deadly. Here’s how to stay safe.

Drink before you feel thirsty. Aim for at least eight glasses of water daily. Sounds like good advice - and you’ve certainly heard those refrains before. But these statements fall short on the truth. Unfortunately, this advice has led to many athletes drinking too much water during exercise - a ... 

London Marathon champion stripped of titles for doping

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
Liliya Shobukhova, who won the London Marathon in 2010, has had her marathon titles invalidated and will have to repay prize money.

Russian marathoner Liliya Shobukhova will be stripped of one London Marathon and three Chicago titles, as well as two World Marathon Majors titles, because the International Association of Athletics Federations has invalidated her competitive record from 9th October 2009 and forward. Shobukhova was banned in April 2014 by the Russian athletics federation. Today’s action by ...  ... 

Experts concerned about gender ruling

By Amby Burfoot on in News
Can sport simultaneously be fair to the majority of women and women with high testosterone levels?

On Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended the requirement that women athletes with naturally high testosterone can’t compete against other women unless they undertake medical treatment to lower their testosterone levels. Runners and medical experts contacted by Runner’s World say they’re worried and confused by the ruling. In its finding, the CAS ... 

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