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Should I do a cool-down after a run?

By Jo Pavey on in Training
GB 10,000m champion Jo Pavey has the answer.

Should I do a cool-down after a run? Cooling down after a hard session or race helps with the recovery process, as it allows your body to return to its resting state in a more gradual way than stopping abruptly. Keeping the blood circulating with lower intensity movement helps clear the ... 

Hill running poses no extra risk to Achilles

By Kit Fox on in Training
Research in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine offers reassurances about training on inclines.

You’re running out of excuses to avoid tough hills. Uphill and downhill running doesn't seem to harm your Achilles tendon as much as previously thought, reports a study in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. Your Achilles stretches and thins during any type of exercise, but it was previously assumed that the ...  ... 

3 ways running boosts your brain

By Kerry McCarthy on in Health
Getting out for a run is good for your grey matter as well as your health.

It’s a common assumption that once you reach adulthood there’s nothing you can do about the number of brain cells you have, except wave them off as they die throughout your life. Until the late 1990s it was assumed that only children’s brains were capable of continued growth, but then ... 

10 fastest marathons in the world

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Events
If you're keen to improve your long distance speed then perhaps it's time to enter one of the world's fastest marathons.

Feeling the need for speed? Aside from good old-fashioned training, if you want to up your pace then optimum weather conditions, good organisation and a little touch of magic can all contribute to a speedy marathon time. Check out our rundown of the world’s top ten fastest marathons and get ... 

Berlin Marathon - some running stats

By on in Events
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 ... 

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 ... 

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 ...  ... 

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 ... 

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