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Is heavy breathing normal for runners?

By William O Roberts, MD on in Training
Until your body warms up, your breathing may feel heavy.

Does your breathing seem heavier at the start than in the middle or at the end of your run?  Fear not. The body is an integrated system that kicks into gear as you start your run and increase the oxygen demands of your muscles. The regulation system increases your heart rate ... 

7 simple ways to refresh your running routine

By Bob Cooper on in Training
You don’t have to totally overhaul your training to become a better runner. A few small adjustments can bring great rewards, making you fitter, faster and more motivated.

1. Add one mile to long or tempo runs Why? Endurance. It takes just six weeks of covering the same distance on long runs before they start to lose effectiveness, says running and triathlon coach Troy Clifton. ‘By adding a mile, you gain endurance as your lungs and muscles make new ... 

Giving is receiving: The power of race day support

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Community
Ever wondered if cheering at races makes a jot of difference to runners? Check out our race day support stories.

Following a frustrating spate of ailments, last weekend I begrudgingly dropped out of a big race. After recently writing an article on the subject, I was painfully aware that running an ultra while feeling below par was a bad idea, so I decided to heed my own advice and DNS. ... 

What is the minimum number of weekly runs I need in marathon training?

By on in Training
It's one of the most common pre-marathon training questions - how often do you have to run? We ask Olympian Jo Pavey.

What is the minimum number of weekly runs I can do when training for a marathon? Four runs a week could be considered, but you may not give your best performance and the sessions you do will all need to have a purpose. Try a long run, a tempo run, a ... 

7 facts about portable toilets at races

By Rachel Swaby on in Community
We lift the lid on portable loos, those malodorous cubicles that runners are, nonetheless, always relieved to see.

Runners have a complicated relationship with portable toilets. We’re happy to see them before, during and after a race (especially when we’ve been downing liquids and glucose), though the time we spend in their odoriferous confines can yield some memorable (not in a good way) moments. However, rather than turning ... 

Tales from the medical tent

By William O Roberts, MD on in Health
The Sports Doc weighs in on common runner mistakes he's seen at recent races.

I helped provide medical coverage at two races over the past two weekends. First, for the high school portion of the Roy Griak Invitational cross-country races at the University of Minnesota, and second, for Twin Cities in Motion Race Weekend, which included the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, 10K, 5K, family ... 

4 pool workout tips for runners

By Jeff Galloway on in Training
Water efforts improve form and boost fitness.

If you find yourself in a pool or lake, don't just float there. Aqua jogging is a great low-impact workout that can boost your fitness and improve your running form. As your legs move through their natural motion, the resistance of the water forces them to find a more efficient ... 

6 healthy bedtime snacks for runners

By Jessica Migala on in Health
Healthy snacks before you snooze can help you feel (and run) better in the morning.

1. Craving something sweet? Eat frozen blueberries and watermelon blended to make fruit ‘sorbet’. Why: It satisfies that craving for something sweet but has few calories. Antioxidants in blueberries can lower oxidative stress caused by exercise, and watermelon has an amino acid that eases muscle aches. 2. Trying to lose weight? Eat Greek yoghurt ... 

5 cross-training activities to suit any running goal

By Ted Spiker on in Training
Get faster, leaner and more flexible by adding the right cross-training to your weekly routine.

Sometimes it’s what you do when you’re not running that gives you the edge you need. So it is with cross-training. A weekly non-running workout gives your muscles and joints a break while producing benefits that carry over to your running. ‘If you only run, you’re using the same muscles ... 

Mother with terminal cancer finishes half marathon

By Kit Fox on in Community
33-year-old Mum Rebecca Griffiths persuaded 300 friends, nurses, and colleagues to run the race with her.

On 5th August 2014, Rebecca Griffiths was diagnosed with inoperable liver and bowel cancer. Doctors gave her three months to live. Griffiths, 33, is a police officer and mother of two sons. For more than a year, she’s undergone chemotherapy - one week on, one week off.  Last May, scans showed the treatment was ... 

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