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Can the cold slow you down?

By William O Roberts, MD on in Training
If it's hard to run fast, blame it on slick conditions - not chilly muscles.

During the winter months, it can feel like it's harder to get going in the cold. While it is true that a cold muscle cannot perform as well as a warm muscle, when you are running in cold conditions, your muscles are generally warm and warmed to performance level. Cold exposure ... 

Runner's World Christmas gift guide: Stocking fillers

By Georgia Scarr on in Gear
Share the running spirit with these great gifts for under £30.

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a pair of socks, but make sure your giftee isn’t disappointed by wrapping up some Feetures this year. The socks are designed to fit your foot’s anatomy perfectly, with compression around the arch, a seam-free toe and cushioning in high impact areas. Complete with sweat-wicking material ... 

10 reasons to run when it's dark and cold

By Susan Paul on in Training
If you struggle to train in the winter months, here’s some motivation to get you going.

One of the hardest parts of winter running is simply getting out of bed and out the door. As soon as the alarm clock goes off in the morning, the mental discussion begins: get up or sleep in? Run or day off? Likewise, it is also difficult for those who ... 

What makes you sweat?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
New study finds the science behind sweating is not as straightforward as you'd think.

Some people sweat more than others. Go for a run with a group of people on a warm day, and the differences become obvious. But what determines these variations? Answers have traditionally focused on factors like body fat percentage (more fat insulates you and makes you overheat sooner) and aerobic ... 

DIY sports drink

By Pip Taylor on in Health
Don't waste money on expensive sports drinks - this DIY recipe from The Athlete's Fix is quick, easy and tasty.

Here’s an alternative to your regular sports drink - a little lighter and a lot more natural. The ratio of sugar and salt is based on the World Health Organisation’s recommendation for hydration solutions: 3.5 grams of carbohydrate per 100 millilitres, or a 3.5 per cent solution. The combination of ... 

How to get the whole family running

By Jeff Galloway on in Community
Introduce kids to running for a lifetime of healthy living.

Here's a true story: when I was 13, I was inactive, overweight and a poor student. My parents persuaded me to join my school cross-country team to get some exercise. The interactions and positive experiences I had while running changed my life. I had more energy, I was happier and ... 

Why runners get dizzy after racing

By Susan Paul on in Training
Returning your body to normal after a finish isn’t always simple.

Hannah asks: I ran my first half marathon last week and everything went fine until I crossed the finish line. After I stopped running, I got really lightheaded and felt like I might pass out. I sat down, and then about 15 to 20 minutes later this feeling passed. What ... 

How do I get rid of calf cramps?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Advice for a marathon runner who can't seem to beat this painful problem.

Kyle asks: Every time I run a marathon, I get bad calf cramps around mile 22. I carb up the week before and also eat a good amount of protein. I’m very hydrated before the race and take in fluids and gels during the race. I just don't know what ... 

World Marathon Majors to increase doping tests for elites

By on in News
Runners will be required to take at least six out-of-competition tests per year.

Following last week's release of WADA's independent commission into the athletics doping scandal, elite runners competing in the Abbott World Marathon Majors will be subject to rigorous, more frequent doping tests. Athletes competing at the Marathon Majors (London, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo, Chicago and New York) will be entered into the testing ... 

Does running harden your arteries?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
New research adds to an ongoing debate.

An article in the Wall Street Journal reports on a recent conference presentation that found higher rates of atherosclerosis - hardening and narrowing of the arteries - in competitive masters athletes running more than 35 miles a week or cycling more than 93 miles a week compared to those running less or ...  ... 

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