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6 weird things that happen to your body while running

By Selene Yeager on in Health
Running blasts stress, strengthens your heart and gives you great legs - but it can have some strange side effects.

The benefits of aerobic exercises such as cycling or running are unmistakable. But a few of its odder side effects - like tasting blood during a race, maybe - could be mistaken for symptoms of problems. Relax: strange as these physiological reactions to exercise are, they generally aren’t cause for alarm, says sports medicine doctor Jordan Metzl, author of The Athlete’s ...  ... 

First look: Nike Air Zoom Structure 20

By Ben Hobson on in Gear
A stalwart of the structures shoe market and the Nike running collection gets an update, but what’s new?

The product: Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 In a nutshell: The support shoe has been heralded as the cure to all ills and more recently chastised as the ruin of runners, yet it still remains a fundamental part of the running market and as Nike celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ... 

First look: Saucony Xodus ISO

By on in Gear
We got an early test of the latest trail offering from Saucony.

The shoe: Saucony Xodus ISO In a nutshell: Cushioned, protective and durable without compromising on grip. The technology: 2015’s Xodus 6 gets updated with Saucony’s Everun cushioning tech in the heel and topsole to add comfort on uneven surfaces, along with their ISOFIT upper designed to adapt to your foot shape. What Saucony says: “The Xodus ...  ... 

Live like an Olympian: Physiological profiling

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Ever wondered if you're really responding to those training sessions? There's a way to find out...

Physiological profiling What it measures: Physiological response to training Why have it? ‘Physiological testing provides a here-and-now picture of how an athlete’s body is responding to training, which is monitored over time,’ says Paul Hough, lead sport and exercise scientist at Sports Performance Services, St Mary’s University. ‘Quicker race times only tell ... 

Activity trackers have limited advantage in weight loss efforts, study finds

By Georgia Scarr on in News
People who used activity trackers as a weight loss aid lost less overall than those who used traditional methods.

If your FitBit is every bit as essential to your day-to-day life as food and water, you might want to reassess your wearable habit. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that overweight people who began using fitness trackers six months into a two-year weight loss ... 

Best fitness classes for runners: Spinning

By Georgia Scarr on in Training
Low impact with a powerful cardio kick, indoor cycling makes a perfect match for your training routine.

Cycling’s leg-focused cardio makes it the perfect form of cross-training for runners, but if you lack the confidence to take on the open road or, say, don't own a bike, indoor cycling or spinning is your answer. It may seem intimidating but once you get to grips with this gym ... 

One key move: Resisted foot inversion

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Injury-proof your lower legs and feet with this simple move.

The posterior tibialis muscle inverts and points the foot, as well as playing an essential role in stabilising the arch. This move helps strengthen the muscle and tendon. 1/ Loop a knotted resistance band around a support at ground level. Sit on a chair side on to the support and slip ... 

Triathlete Alistair Brownlee supports his brother to finish line

By on in News
The older Brownlee brother showed incredible sportsmanship to his sibling at the ITU World Triathlon Championships 2016.

An exhausted Jonny Brownlee was helped to the finish line by his brother Alistair at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Mexico this Sunday. 700m from the finish, the humid conditions began to take their toll on Team GB's Jonny, who was leading the field. As he staggered and paused ... 

Emil Zátopek: The man who changed running

By on in Training
When the world’s greatest runners assemble in Rio, they will all owe a debt to one man, Emil Zátopek, the Czech legend who revolutionised our sport. Here, his biographer, Richard Askwith, explains how he did it and why he was forgotten for so long.

If you looked closely at the athletes of the Czech Republic as they took to the Olympic track in Rio, you may have noticed a little squiggle on their kit. It was a cartoon self-portrait that used to form part of the autograph of Emil Zátopek, their nation’s greatest sporting ... 

20 lessons from 20 years of running

By on in Community
No matter where you are in your running life, you can always learn something. Here’s a little wisdom from RW’s Mary Remy, who’s known the ups, the downs, and the long, flat stretches.

In 1995, Eric Cantona was giving martial arts lessons, Blur and Oasis were doing battle in the charts and Bridget Jones’ first diary was published. The world marvelled over a new storage format called the ‘digital versatile disc.’ Bruce Willis died hard with a vengeance – in a film I ... 

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