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Marathon pacing and pack running

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
It’s not just how fast you start, it’s who you run with.

The latest pacing study from researcher Brian Hanley, of Leeds Beckett University in Britain, tackles the marathon. Hanley has previously used digitally recorded midrace splits to analyse pacing at the World Cross Country Championships and the World Half Marathon Championships. The new study, published in the Journal of Sports Sciences,looks ... 

Training your nervous system for a better running performance

By James Witts on in Health
A neurological master class in conditioning your nervous system for improved running performance.

Any coach or training plan will readily extol the performance-boosting benefits of improving your cardiovascular system and strengthening your musculature. But while you may already be working hard on your VO2 max and addressing your quad/hamstring imbalance, you probably haven’t given a second thought to your neurological system. Which is ... 

5 nervous system training tips to improve your running

By James Witts on in Training
Try these neural training tips for perfecting your form, nailing a new PB and more.

1/ Form focus ‘The four running images show how the leg cycles up, activating the combination of muscles involved in good run technique,’ says running coach Mike Antoniades. ‘This is what drives motor reorganisation over a period of time.’ When running, try to cycle up from the back of the legs. ... 

What’s the best form for running up hills?

By on in Training
Different inclines mean a different running style. Olympian Jo Pavey explains how to nail the technique.

What’s the best form for running up hills? Shorten your stride length and slightly quicken your cadence. Overstriding in an attempt to eat up more ground will be tough on your muscles and hard to maintain. Lean into the hill a little, but don’t bend forward at the waist, as this ... 

Is SPF 15 enough sun protection for runners?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
A broad-spectrum sunscreen with a higher SPF is the best choice for preventing skin damage.

Sunscreens are very helpful for preventing sun damage and reducing the risk of skin cancers. But there are so many skin-protection products available now, it can be confusing as to what to use. First, what is SPF and what does it measure? SPF is short for “sun protection factor." It is an ... 

Running in the sun: Pros and cons

By K. Aleisha Fetters on in Health
Research reveals surprising perks of running in the sun - if you take care out there.

A runner’s relationship with the sun is complicated. You love soaking up its warmth and energy, but you hate when it leaves its mark – age spots, tan lines, painful burns – and you dread the long-term damage that may result. There are, of course, reasons to be wary, especially ... 

Ultrarunners burn carbs as fuel

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Training
A small study found that fat-burning may not be as effective as people think.

For decades, exercise physiologists and endurance athletes have understood that marathons, and other endurance training and races, drain glycogen stores, which leads to fatigue and “bonking,” or hitting the “wall.” It’s become common knowledge that fuelling with carbohydrates from sports drinks, gels, and chews helps stave off the energy drain.  But lately, some endurance athletes, fuelled ... 

Why you should take a positive attitude to failure

By Nick Dines on in Training
A shift in mindset can take your running to the next level. It’s time to become a black box thinker.

The idea of learning from your mistakes may sound like a cliché, the kind of glib adage you’d expect to hear from abundantly sideburned 1970s football managers. And let’s be honest, how many of us can say we genuinely use our failures as tools for learning? How often have you meticulously, ... 

19 running motivation boosters

By Joe Mackie, Kerry McCarthy on in Training
If your willpower hits the wall, consider this a delivery of psychological energy gels specially formulated to refuel your flagging running mojo.

1/ Horror show Netflix marathon seeming more appealing than a tempo run? Recent research linking TV watching to premature death might just nudge you off the sofa and into your running kit. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, followed 221,426 adults over 14 years and found watching ... 

Last but not least

By Lisa Jackson on in Community
One-time staunch fitness-phobe Lisa Jackson ran her first marathon at the age of 31. In April 2016 she ran her 100th, more sure than ever that there’s more to running – and life – than going faster. Here she explains why running’s not about the time you do, but the time you have…

By rights, I shouldn’t be a runner at all – I’m really rather rubbish at it. I only started in my 30s and I’m patently not cut out for it. I waddle. And I walk. A lot. Oh, and I don’t take running seriously enough, as evidenced by my love of ... 

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