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By Rhalou Allerhand on in Health
If you wake up on race day feeling below par, should you go ahead and run, risking a DNF (did not finish), or listen to your body and DNS (did not start)?

Two weeks ago I was faced with a conundrum. I woke up the morning before marathon day with a stinking cold. I did not feel remotely like running. In fact I wanted to curl up and die. As the day wore on my cold got worse and I considered dropping ... 

WADA figures show reduction in positive doping tests in 2014

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Banned substances were found in more than one per cent of official tests carried out in sport last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency reveal, but this figure still represents a fall.

Suspicious drugs were found in more than 3,800 samples out of 283,304 tests carried out worldwide last year, World Anti-Doping Agency figures have revealed. However, despite an increase in the number of tests carried out, this figure represented a fall from the 2.21 per cent of adverse or atypical findings returned in 2013, ...  ... 

Nutrition battle: Peanut butter vs. Marmite

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Which is the best spread for your bread?

As recommended by nutritionist Karen Reid. Continue reading

Less mental stress could equal a better race time

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
To race your fastest, your brain needs a taper, too.

In the late 1880s, an Italian physiologist named Angelo Mosso made a curious observation: he tested the muscular endurance of two fellow professors before and after they administered oral exams and found that after their mental efforts their muscles tired more quickly. It was the first demonstration that mental fatigue ... 

Iron levels and altitude training

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Taking supplements could increase the benefits of thin-air training.

Altitude training is one of those dark arts where everyone has a different “secret recipe” for what makes it work best. One of the tips you often hear from top coaches is that you need to take extra iron to get the most benefit. It’s a logical suggestion in theory: ... 

Thyroid meds still legal for elite athletes

By Scott Douglas on in News
The World Anti-Doping Agency has turned down a request to ban the medication.

Despite requests by the US Anti-Doping Agency and its British counterpart, the World Anti-Doping Agency will continue to allow elite athletes to take thyroid medication. On Tuesday, WADA released its updated code, which details prohibited substances and methods. Thyroid medication does not appear on the list. The new code goes into ...  ... 

Self-talk boosts ultra performance

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Study shows that what you tell yourself affects your ultra marathon race performance.

Two years ago, I wrote about some research showing that simple lessons in motivational self-talk enabled subjects to pedal 18 per cent longer in a time-to-exhaustion cycling test. It was a neat laboratory demonstration of the effectiveness of a standard sports psychology tool - and what was most surprising to me was ... 

Aggressive fuelling plan means faster marathon times

By Meghan Kita on in Training
In study, three gels per hour led to 4.7 per cent performance boost.

Just about everyone who's run a marathon knows how important it is to get the fuelling right. Eat or drink too little, too much, or something that just doesn't sit well, and you're in for a world of hurt. A new study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise put one ...  ... 

Nutrition battle: Olive oil vs. coconut oil

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
We pit olive against coconut in the battle of the oils.

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UK Vs the World - Strava Insights

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Strava releases new data platform showcasing the most active cities

Strava Insights, a new data platform from Strava shows how active some of the major cities in the world have been.  Taking running activities logged through out 2014, Strava have been able to put together a picture of how the world is running, be it racing or commuting. In fact, the ... 

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