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It's okay to be a lightweight

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
New research suggests that any weight builds muscle, as long as you lift to failure.

After many years of running, working with several very different coaches, I eventually concluded that the precise details of an interval workout — the exact number of reps, distance, recovery time, and so on — don't really matter. As long as you're doing a reasonable workout, what really matters is ... 

Train like an Olympian: Endurance

By Jo Pavey on in Training
Prep your muscles for longer distance runs with European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey’s endurance workout.

The key to building muscular endurance is to use weights that are light enough to allow you to carry out multiple repetitions at below your maximum effort level. The aim is to improve the ability of your muscles to work over a period of time rather than bulk up. You ... 

Can you run without relying on sugar?

By Susan Paul on in Health
How to keep training through the summer using alternative nutrition choices.

As you build mileage and run longer than 90 minutes, nutritional supplements and electrolytes become important in order to keep going. Energy for muscle contraction comes from stored carbohydrate, known as glycogen, and electrolytes are necessary to keep the body functioning normally. Sports drinks and run nutrition products assist running performance by limiting dehydration, ... 

Do we really need scheduled rest days?

By William O Roberts, MD on in Training
Are regular rest days a necessity or is it OK to take a break when we feel the need? Dr Roberts investigates.

Should we schedule rest days into our training week or is it OK to simply stop when we feel like it? It depends on your goals. I exercise for my general health and I try to exercise most days of the week. Sometimes work, family and personal conflicts steal a day ... 

Colin Jackson says 'pants to prostate cancer' at Cardiff 5K this Father’s Day

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Events
Olympic champ Colin Jackson will be donning y-fronts on Father's Day to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

On Sunday 21st June, Olympian Colin Jackson is urging Welsh dads to sign up to Go Dad Run, a 5K charity run. Each year over 40,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer. One in eight men in the UK will develop the disease, which rises to one in ... 

Running may help limit asthma severity

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Study finds twice weekly treadmill sessions help improve symptoms.

Running may help improve quality of life and limit symptoms in asthma sufferers, a new study has found. Aerobic exercise is often recommended for asthmatics, however some avoid it due to concern it will trigger an attack.  The research, carried out at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, saw two ... 

Does knowing your splits help you run faster?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
How you pace a 5K depends on how much information you have.

One of the poster presentations at the ACSM conference last month, by coach and research student Luke McIlvenna, looked at the role of "distance feedback" on pacing and running performance. It's a topic I've been interested in for a long time, so it was fun to chat with McIlvenna ...  Continue ... 

Forrest Gump runner completes John O’Groats to Land’s End challenge

By Georgia Scarr on in News
Ewan Gordon ran the 1050-mile course over six weeks in memory of 9-year-old Thomas Laurie, who passed away after suffering from Cockayne Syndrome.

Runner Ewan Gordon has completed a 1050-mile route from John O’ Groats to Land’s End dressed as Forrest Gump. 43-year-old Gordon, who first began running in 2011, ran an average of 26 miles per day for six weeks to complete the course. Gordon undertook the challenge in memory of 9-year-old family ... 

4 Pilates moves for a stronger core

By Julie Erickson on in Training
Having a strong core can help you improve your running technique and avoid injuries. Boost it up with these Pilates moves.

Once the domain of dancers, Pilates has become popular
 with runners looking to toughen up the muscles in their 
mid-section. “When the core is stable, limbs move efficiently and you’re less likely to get injured,” says Julie Erickson, a marathoner and endurance Pilates instructor. She’s put together these key moves ... 

5 ways to help ditch the stitch

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Avoid the dreaded side stitch these top tips.

We run through sleet and snow, heat and haze, with blisters and black toenails, headaches and knee aches. But a side stitch? That sharp, stabbing pain that hits below the ribs can stop us in our tracks. Although the exact cause of side stitches has yet to be proven, theories ... 

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