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Progress from “today” speed to target speed

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Create a plan based on how much faster you need to get and how long you have to do it.

In November 1968, Steve Prefontaine was an American high school senior with a two-mile best of 9:01, set the previous spring. His audacious goal for his senior year was 8:40, well under the national high school record of 8:48. To get him there, his coach, Walt McClure, devised a training plan based on the principles he'd ... 

8 ways to be a more positive runner

By Diane Stopyra on in Training
Approach a run with a positive outlook – you’ll improve your health and your performance.

We run to release the tension of a bad day. We run when we feel down and need a pick-me-up. We run to silence the inner critic who tells us we aren’t clever, talented or slim enough. And it works. Thanks to those wondrous morphine-like chemicals called endorphins, running is ... 

6 mistakes runners make (and how to fix them)

By Pete Magill on in Training
Runners sometimes get the small things right at the expense of the basics. Here’s how you can avoid the most common errors of all.

It’s not a lack of the latest running shoes, technical T-shirt, gels or does-it-all-and-more GPS that holds us back as runners – it’s something much simpler. Whether we care to accept it or not, basic mistakes – the kind nearly every runner makes – are what stop us from reaching ... 

10 herbs to help your health

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
More than just garnish, herbs add fresh flavour to meals and boost your intake of health-boosting nutrients.

Basil Rich in rosmarinic acid, an antioxidant that helps to prevent cell damage. Basil also contains eugenol, which can relieve conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Use it: Make your own pesto. Chives They supply quercetin, (good for vascular health) and are rich in compounds associated with a reduced risk of stomach cancer. Use it: Sprinkle ... 

Race report: A taste of the top 5 autumn half marathons

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Events
Tempted to enter a half marathon? To celebrate the start of the autumn half marathon season check out our 13.1 mile taster reviews.

Event: Windsor Half Marathon Date: Sunday 27th September 2015 Words: Penny Comins The course is two concentric loops of the centre of the park – the first five-mile loop being contained within the second seven mile one. The Long Walk provided the spectacular start and finish point, although the brightly coloured bunched ribbon of runners ... 

Should I really worry about my knees?

By Susan Paul on in Health
Answering the common question of whether runners put themselves at increased risk.

Denise asks: I began running about eight months ago and am really enjoying it. However, when I tell my friends I'm running now, the conversation immediately turns to concern for my knees. I've had several people tell me that running will ruin them. Is this true? Welcome to running and to ... 

How the iliotibial band makes us human

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
The famously injury-prone structure may have evolved to store energy.

No one ever talks about the iliotibial band, except when it’s broken. It’s a band of fascial tissue running from the hip to the outside of the knee (fascia is a tendon-like type of connective tissue), and it’s the site of a common and famously difficult-to-shake injury that’s usually felt as ... 

9 ways to boost your mental strength

By Jim Afremow on in Training
These research-backed mental strategies will help you run your best.

Think about your running heroes – they may include Olympians as well as the pack leaders in your local running club. Most people aren’t blessed with the lightning-like fast twitch muscle fibres of Usain Bolt or the innate prowess of their club’s podium climbers, but some of the traits you ... 

What is running economy?

By Greg Crowther on in Training
We break down the basics of running economy and the factors that affect it.

As scientific expressions go, ‘running economy’ (RE) has never been as familiar to runners as the terms 'VO2 max' and 'lactate threshold'. But now, many exercise scientists consider RE to be the third critical determinant of distance running performance. In running, carbohydrates and fat are the primary fuels, and the ... 

Kathrine Switzer’s 261 Women’s Marathon 2016 registration opens

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Europe's first women-only marathon opens for 2016 registration and announces the addition of a half marathon distance.

The Palma de Mallorca tourist board has announced that the third annual 261 Women’s Marathon & 10K will include an additional half marathon distance. The only women’s marathon in Europe, the 2016 event will take place on Sunday 10th April in the beautiful city of Palma de Mallorca. The race is ... 

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