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Rio Olympic Games 2016: Day 11 and 12 running round-up

By Michelle Kight on in News
Catch up on Tuesday and Wednesday's athletics events.

Women’s 1500m Faith Kipyegon pulled ahead of Ethiopia’s world record holder Genzebe Dibaba to win Kenya their third athletics gold medal. Dibaba, who was favourite to win, took silver as she finished in second place in 4:10:27, just behind Kipyegon’s 4:08:92. Jennifer Simpson won bronze in 4:10:53, giving the US their ... 

Rio Olympic Games 2016: Day 10 running round-up

By Michelle Kight on in News
Get up to date on Monday's athletics action.

Women’s 3000m steeplechase Ruth Jebet won Bahrain their first gold medal when she ran a new Asian record in the 3000m steeplechase. Ruth narrowly missed out on setting a new women’s world record by less than a second, but became the second woman ever to finish the race under 9 minutes ... 

Drills: Of speedwork and dentistry

By Mark Remy on in Training
Speedwork, like dental work, is necessary - and not even all that evil.

Psychologists are great. They have a word for everything. Take experiential avoidance, for instance. (Okay, that’s two words. Indulge me.) Experiential avoidance, as described in a research paper out of George Mason University, “is a process involving excessive negative evaluations of unwanted private thoughts, feelings, and sensations, an unwillingness to experience these private ... 

Who is Ans Botha?

By on in News
Meet the 74-year-old former athlete and coach to 400m world record holder, Wayde van Niekerk

Ans Botha and Wayde van Niekerk have been working together since 2012; two years after van Niekerk caught her attention when he finished fourth in the 200m final of the 2010 IAAF World Junior Champtionships in Canada.  In 2013, van Niekerk started focusing on 400m at Ans’ advice to improve his endurance and ... 

Rio Olympic Games 2016: Weekend running round-up

By Georgia Scarr on in News
Catch up with the results of the Rio athletics so far, including the 100m, 10,000m and women's marathon.

Men's and women's 100m Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m golds as he stormed his way to first place in Sunday’s final, crossing the finish line in 9.81 seconds. The Jamaican was closely followed by the USA’s Justin Gatlin, who came in 0.08 seconds after him, ... 

Why do you race faster than you train?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
A new study finds that endurance athletes can tolerate greater muscle fatigue in competition.

There’s nothing more demoralising than trying to run at your goal race pace in training. Personally, I’ve seldom managed to run even half my race distance at goal pace; and on the rare occasions that I try something like that, I’m always left wondering: “How on earth am I going ... 

Science of suffering

By Sam Murphy on in Training
A stronger mind means a faster body. RW grabs the keys to the hurt locker to learn the secrets of the science of suffering.

Each ragged breath feels like fire being torn from your lungs, your heart is thudding like a basketball on the court floor, your muscles throb, each footstep sends shock waves through your body. Every fibre of your being implores, ‘Stop!’ Running certainly hurts when you’re pushing hard. But according to researchers ... 

What is cupping and why are athletes into it?

By Michelle Kight on in Health
You've seen the curious purple circles on the USA's athletes, now take a look into what it's all about.

Cupping has become quite the phenomenon with athletes at Rio 2016. Gold-winning USA swimmer Michael Phelps hit the headlines last week for the strange purple circles marking his shoulders and back. Gymnast Alex Naddour has displayed the same marks on his shoulders, swimmer Nathalie Coughlin has also been seen with ... 

8 reasons for runners to drink more beer

By Caitlyn Giddings for Bicycling on in Health
Justify that post-run pint with any of these health benefits of beer.

Think of all the reasons we run for beer (and sometimes run with beer). There’s the obvious - after a hard run, it tastes like the liquid equivalent of a high-five - and the less proven - it functions as a performance enhancing drug for previously untested dance moves. But ... 

How to run a 5K with your dog

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Here are eight steps to take before you sign up your pup to run a race.

I want to train with my dog to participate in a 5K this summer. We typically walk about 15-20 minutes daily. Do you have any tips to prepare for the 5K event? We all know that regular exercise is a key ingredient for living a healthy lifestyle, and the same is true for ... 

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