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7 inspirational British runners who aren’t in Rio

By Michelle Kight on in Community
Whether they didn’t make the cut or happen to excel at a non-Olympic discipline, these runners are nonetheless an incredible bunch.

1/ Nicky Spinks Nicky Spinks made headlines earlier this year when she became the first woman to complete the 132-mile Double Bob Graham Round in 45 hours 30 minutes. Spinks also holds the women’s record of 19 hours and 2 minutes for the 61-mile Welsh Paddy Buckley Round (2014). Cancer survivor ... 

Best fitness classes for runners: Treadmill classes

By Georgia Scarr on in Training
Combine speedwork, hills and strength work in a challenging treadmill class to take your running to the next level.

If you’re a little too familiar with the looming sense of pre-speedwork dread or can’t bring yourself to sprint unless a soon-to-depart train is involved, you’re in luck. Treadmill classes are the answer to your speedwork session prayers – we took a look inside to discover exactly how pounding something ... 

6 power exercises to help you pick up the pace

By Lauren Bedosky on in Training
Use these plyometric drills to improve your explosive power.

Whether you’re chasing a 5K PB or you’d just like to run your local loop a little faster, plyometrics should be part of your training arsenal. Explosive dynamic moves that incorporate jumping and bounding, as well as quick changes in direction and speed, help you develop the elastic tissue components ... 

4 reasons for training fatigue

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Here's why you may be experiencing mid-season fatigue - and how to overcome it.

I'm training for my fourth marathon and attempting to improve my time. This time around I'm struggling with lack of energy and strength in my workouts. The reason I'm writing is that it's lasted for several weeks now, and I'm headed into my longest and hardest runs this month. Have you seen this ... 

What a beer mile does to your body

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
Here’s what happens when you drink four beers and run four quarter-miles.

Official beer mile rules require drinking a whole can of beer, running a quarter of a mile (one lap of a standard athletics track), and repeating both three more times (penalty lap if you throw up). Obviously, this is ill-advised: consuming four alcoholic beverages in a short period of time is considered binge drinking. ... 

Improved runner safety as Strava launch Beacon

By Ben Hobson on in Gear
Available to premium users, you can now share your live run

Accessed by a link in a text message, Strava has launched 'Beacon', a service available as part of their premium membership that allows users to send a live tracking link to up to three people when they start an activity.  Managed via the Strava app, runners can now ...  Continue reading ... 

Prebiotics significantly reduce exercise-induced asthma symptoms

By on in Health
A British Journal of Nutrition study has reported evidence that prebiotic supplements can help reduce airway narrowing and inflammation.

We've got promising news for asthmatic runners: a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma can be significantly reduced by consuming more prebiotics. The study, led by sport scientists at Nottingham Trent University, saw a group of adults with exercise-induced asthma receive ... 

10 moves to keep you healthy

By Cindy Kuzma on in Training
Experts agree that one of the best ways to prevent injuries is to strength-train.

Any weakness in your kinetic chain can compromise your form, leading to gait changes that increase your risk of getting hurt. Plus, strong muscles absorb more of the force that occurs when you strike the ground, meaning less of it remains to damage your bones, joints, and ligaments. Do this routine ... 

EXCLUSIVE: Runner's World's Usain Bolt interview

By on in News
With his eye on three more golds at the Rio Olympics, a relaxed Usain Bolt talks to RW’s Kerry McCarthy about medals, fame and ugly feet.

So, honestly, what can we expect from you in Rio? ‘Three more golds, man. Last year I was injured for months and nobody knew what the problem was until really late, and I still won in Beijing. This year I’ve been training really well and I think it’s a good sign ... 

Do you need to drink during a one-hour run?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
New research revives debate on when dehydration begins to hurt performance.

I just got back from a very sweaty run in hot and humid conditions, and downed several glasses of cold water before hopping in the shower. But, as is my habit, I didn’t drink anything during my run. Am I an idiot? That question (whether you need to drink during short ... 

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