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Berlin Marathon - some running stats

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Strava have revealed some interesting insights into the fastest marathon

As GPS and tracking technology continues to become the standard way that runners document their training and racing, the data that can be harvested from these uploads is revealing far more about running than was first imagined.  When lots of people are running together, well, it gets even more interesting! Strava ... 

Do athletes have higher or lower blood pressure?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Training doesn't grant you immunity from hypertension.

A new review article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, from researchers in Norway, looks at the question of blood pressure in athletes by pooling the results of 51 previous studies. It's well known that regular exercise lowers blood pressure in the general population (the figure quoted in the paper is ...  ... 

How to cope with being sidelined by injury

By Jenny Hadfield on in Health
Whether you hurt yourself running or doing something else, the same tactics can keep you sane and positive as you recover.

I was sorry to read about your recent mountain biking accident. I had a similar one myself and I’m really having trouble navigating the emotions during my recovery. Can you share tips on how to recover after a life-altering accident? — Laura Thank you for your sympathy. I broke my wrist while ... 

What's behind a runner's high?

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
A recent study at the University of Montreal suggests there's more than just endorphins to the inimitable runner's high.

Elation, clarity and freedom - it's the runner's high. Traditionally put down to the release of endorphins, a recent Canadian study published in the journal Cell Metabolism has found another additional explanation as to why running makes us feel so great: dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter with a number of ... 

How slow should my long runs be?

By Susan Paul on in Training
There are a number of reasons you should dial back the pace for those longer outings.

Becky asks: I'm training for my first marathon and preparing to do my first 20 mile run in a couple of weeks. My training schedule for this run says “long, slow run pace.” My question is why is this run slower than others, and just how much slower do I ... 

Why should I elevate my legs after running?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Elevating your lower body after a hard run can keep you from fainting.

Ed asks: I saw cross-country runners lying on the ground after a practice with their feet propped up on a tree. Is there any merit to doing this? That group of runners has learned either from their coach or from their own personal experience that the best way to prevent fainting ... 

5 quick stretches for when you're pushed for time

By Susan Paul on in Training
Don't think you have time after a run? These moves are fast, easy and get the job done.

Keith asks: My legs are so tight! I know I need to stretch more, but I run out of time after my runs. Can you suggest a few basic stretches? Maybe if I can make stretching more time efficient, I will do it.A post-run routine of stretching is ideal, but when trying to ...  ... 

3 ways running makes your lungs work better

By Kerry McCarthy on in Health
What exactly goes on inside your lungs on a run?

Chances are when you started running you found yourself out of breath, but over time it became easier to sync your breathing with your footfall. This is because your lungs learn how to deliver more oxygen to the bloodstream quicker, as well as becoming more efficient at ridding the body ... 

Make me a better runner: Pilates (Part 2)

By Georgia Scarr on in Training
We explore how Pilates can be used for prehab.

Read Part 1 here. Say ‘Pilates matwork’ to me a few weeks ago and I’d imagine a low intensity gym class that I’d chosen because I didn’t fancy dragging my weary body through something harder, half-heartedly flailing my limbs while wishing I was asleep. Instead, I would choose to dream of ... 

Is it safe to run a marathon with one kidney?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
If your remaining kidney is working properly, you should be fine.

MJ asks: I had a kidney removed when I was eight weeks old. Over the past two years, I have started running and I really enjoy it. I just signed up for my first marathon, but I am I’m worried about whether this is a health risk for me. I ... 

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