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What is a minimalist shoe?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Gear
An expert panel identifies five key features to look for.

To have a useful debate, the first thing you need to do is make sure everyone is talking about the same thing. That’s been one of the big challenges in the ongoing debate about “minimalist” running shoes. For every study showing that minimalist shoes change your stride, reduce your impact forces or lower your injury ... 

Team GB wins gold at the World Transplant Games in Argentina

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
The World Transplant Games are underway in Argentina and team GB has already scooped its fair share of gold medals.

The World Transplant Games, supported by the International Olympic Committee, represents the largest organ donor awareness event in the world, featuring 13 sporting events and competitors from 50 countries. On the third day of the competition, Runner’s World speaks to gold medallist and bone marrow transplant survivor Melissa Fehr. 36-year-old Melissa lives in London, ... 

Eritrean teen makes marathon history in Beijing

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
19-year-old Ghirmay Ghebreslassie held off Yemane Tsegay and Munyo Solomon Mutai to win gold at the Beijing World Championships.

Ghirmay Ghebreslassie overcame stifling heat and an all-star line up featuring the world’s best long distance runners to become the youngest man to win the marathon at the Athletics World Championships last weekend. The 19-year-old finished in a time of two hours 12 minutes 27 seconds, securing Eritrea's first ever World ... 

Dibaba dominates World Championships

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba stormed to victory in the 1500 metres at the World Championships on Tuesday.

World record holder Genzebe Dibaba took the lead with 800 metres remaining in the 1500m at the World Championships in Beijing on Tuesday, capturing the gold medal in 4:08.09. Faith Kipyegon of Kenya battled Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands in the stretch and took the silver in 4:08.96 to Hassan’s ...  ... 

London Marathon bans Liliya Shobukhova for life

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Russian distance runner Liliya Shobukhova will be excluded for life from the World Marathon Majors despite a reduction in her doping ban from WADA on Monday.

Drug cheat Liliya Shobukhova is free to compete again after her suspension was cut short as a reward for co-operating with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) investigations. But London Marathon chiefs vowed to maintain their zero tolerance policy on drug cheats and have said Shobukhova is still banned from taking part in the ... 

World Championships weekend recap

By Georgia Scarr on in News
The first two days of the IAAF World Championships saw Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill take gold for Great Britain.

Mo Farah won Great Britain’s first gold of the championships as he took first place in the 10,000m. The 32-year-old Olympian beat Kenyan runners Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor and Paul Tanui with a time of 27:01.13 – no mean feat in 25°C heat and 60% humidity. Usain Bolt took gold for ...  ... 

4 yoga moves for a stronger core

By Sage Rountree on in Training
It's easy to skip core work after a run. Add these few moves to your post-run routine to help improve your strength and avoid injury.

You know you’re supposed to work your core. Strong abdominal, back, hip and glute muscles generate power and guard against injuries. But it can be easy to skip planks after a run. The solution? Tack your core work onto the end of your run, before you’re distracted by recovery food. ... 

How to add speed workouts to marathon training

By on in Training
Start by building your mileage before you try pushing your pace.

I am training for my first marathon. My question is how, when, or even if, to include speed workouts in my training plan. I am accustomed to running 5Ks and 10Ks, but have not run longer than 10 miles at this point. Should I focus more on building my mileage ... 

4 steps to becoming a more durable runner

By Greg McMillan on in Health
The most underrated ‘ability’ needed for consistent running success is durability, says Greg McMillan.

I always thought I was talented. I was driven, I loved training and I was competitive. I had it all, except one crucial component: durability. I was forever getting injured. Durability is the most undervalued component of distance running. Many of us know someone who is talented but seems always ... 

4 alternatives to road running

By Cindy Kuzma on in Training
Run on trails, grass, sand or even in water to reduce your injury risk and boost your performance.

Most runners log their miles on the streets, but roads shouldn’t be your only training ground. ‘Running on different surfaces changes the scenery, workout and effort, giving road runners a break,’ says running coach Jennifer Novak. Running once or twice a week on grass, sand, trails or even in the ... 

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