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5 reasons you can't run faster

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Every runner knows what it feels like to reach his or her limits. But what really defines those limits? We decode the mysteries behind why our legs turn to lead and our will seems to vanish.

You don’t hit your limit just because lactic acid is scorching your muscles. The many sensations you feel while running each correspond to a different mini-crisis in your body, and they combine to determine whether you can hold your pace. Last year, exercise scientists gathered in San Diego, US, to ... 

5 tips for pre-race stress relief

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Health
In the build-up to race day, you may be struggling with anxiety and riddled with nerves. Try our pre-race stress relievers and rock up to the start line feeling refreshed and ready to run.

In an ideal world running is an escape from the stresses of everyday life. But in reality, if you’re gearing up for a big event as race day draws near running can start to feel more like a chore than a stress reliever. So how do you keep pre-race anxiety ... 

How to correct overstriding

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Short, quick steps are the most efficient way to run. Here's how to train your body to take them.

Jaclyn asks: A friend told me my running stride is on the slow side. I tested it by counting my stride for a minute and ended up with 164. What does this mean? Do I need to increase it, and if so, how? In simple terms, your running cadence is the ... 

Exercise and meditation combined may combat depression

By on in Health
According to a new study, meditation in conjunction with aerobic exercise can reduce depression.

A combined program of meditation and exercise can reduce depression, according to a Rutgers study. The study, published in Translational Psychiatry, found that meditating and engaging in exercise twice a week for only two months reduced the symptoms for a group of students by 40 per cent. 'We are excited by the findings ...  ... 

Ethiopian marathon runner dies in road traffic accident

By on in News
Help is urgently needed following a tragic accident in Ethiopia.

An Ethiopian marathon runner has died and five other runners have been seriously injured after their training group was hit by a truck while out running in Sululuta, just north of Addis Ababa, on Saturday. 25-year-old Ashagre Girma died at the scene and his teammates Damtew Tilahun, Tamrat Worku, Teshome Hailu and Ashebir are all recovering ... 

Why supplements aren’t as good as foods

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Study shows that beetroot juice is more than the sum of its nutrients.

I’ve written lots about the potential endurance-boosting effects of beetroot juice over the last few years. The secret to its powers, according to the research, is its high levels of nitrate. So why not just take straight nitrate (or, more specifically, a nitrate salt like sodium nitrate)? That way, you avoid ... 

Runner saves blind 80-year-old man after he falls in canal

By on in News
Neville Tyldesley was rescued by a passing runner after being discharged from hospital - can you help find him?

A runner in Manchester came to the rescue on Easter Monday after 80-year-old Neville Tyldesley plunged into a canal on Holland Street, the Manchester Evening News reports. Neville, who is blind and has dementia, had been discharged from the Manchester Royal Infirmary and sent home in a taxi, but ended up ... 

How can I run well on windy days?

By on in Training
We talk to Jo Pavey about how to tackle heavy winds in training.

How can I run well on windy days? Running in a group can help if you all take a turn at the front when running into the wind and the others draft behind. Or if you’re doing a solo out-and-back run along a relatively straight route, change direction more frequently. So ... 

Chafing at the bits

By John Carroll on in Events
Diary of an inefficient runner: the journey of RW's John Carroll towards London.

WEEK 1 Sunday 3rd January After recovering from a fairly nasty festive chest infection (self-diagnosed), I try to run six miles. I manage 5.2, going from 9:30 mile all the way down to a 10:36. I am wiped and wheezing afterwards, but console myself with the comforting thought that I am already ... 

How to achieve a runner's high

By K. Aleisha Fetters on in Health
Science reveals how you can produce more feel-good chemicals while running.

Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don't. But we always want it - and more of it. It's the runner's high, and when we are lucky enough to tap into it, our runs feel easy, exhilarating, even euphoric. But we aren't always that lucky, are we? Recently, researchers studied how the ... 

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