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When do athletes get ill?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Analysis of training data shows Olympic medallists spend less time fighting colds.

An important skill for athletes is staying healthy - not just avoiding injuries, but dodging the endless minor colds and infections that can interfere with training and racing. How important is it? A new analysis of training data from 37 elite Norwegian cross-country skiers over a nine-year period compared the 16 ... 

Gear pick of the week: Bellum Active Capri pants

By Georgia Scarr on in Gear
Style meets substance in these fantastic workout leggings.

The last few years have seen the rise and rise of female-specific activewear, designed with comfort, style and affordability in mind. Gone are the days of hunting out the least offensive-looking leggings and hefty sports bras from corners of sports shops – there’s a plethora of options for female runners ... 

4 races that demand more from your core

By Runner’s World x Slendertone on in Training
Train your midriff muscles to conquer some of the world’s greatest races.

This content has been created in collaboration with Slendertone. Although the distances vary, the landscapes are vast and the challenges unique, the one thing that unites these four RW race picks is the demand for unstoppable core strength. Crucial for torso stability, stride efficiency and acceleration, your abs should never be ... 

Eddie Izzard takes on 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Comedian Eddie Izzard is taking on another epic marathon challenge for Sport Relief 2016.

Comedian and running hero Eddie Izzard is in the midst of yet another impressive run streak, this time a 700-mile pilgrimage across South Africa for Sport Relief 2016. A tribute to anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist Nelson Mandela, Izzard plans to run a total of 27 marathons over 27 days ...  ... 

5 reasons 5K races benefit training for longer distance

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Never underestimate the importance of short but sweet races.

The 5K race is sometimes snubbed in the long-distance running world, but it packs a powerful punch and can definitely help you improve your performance in the half marathon (or any race). It’s all about how you use it within your season. 1/ Practice makes progress The distance is shorter, and therefore, ... 

South African Wayde van Niekerk makes sprinting history

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Wayde van Niekerk sets a 100m‚ 200m and 400m hat-trick record.

South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk has become the first athlete in history to run the 100m in under 10 seconds‚ the 200m in under 20 seconds and the 400m in under 44 seconds. Van Niekerk ran 100m in 9.98 seconds in Bloemfontein on Saturday, adding to his 19.94 personal best ... 

10 ways to stay on top of injury

By Richard Lovett on in Health
A complete roadmap to keep you on the road and off the physio’s table.

For runners, injury goes with the territory. Research shows that every year between a fifth and half of us get injured. The exact figure is hard to pin down because sports medicine researchers don’t quite agree on what exactly qualifies as an injury. Is it something bad enough to make ... 

4 moves to release back tension

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Ease out your mid-back with these simple exercises.

Stiff back? Physio and Pilates specialist Ailish Toomey, thinks it can affect your stride. ‘If your thoracic spine is stiff, the trunk rotation that’s part of the running action has to come from somewhere else; it tends to be your lower back or neck,’ she says. ‘These areas then get ... 

Are you relying on over-the-counter painkillers to keep you running?

By AC Shilton on in Health
Popping NSAIDs like ibuprofen can ease off aches and pains, but they shouldn't be taken lightly.

You finish a hard workout, have a shower, then peer in the medicine cabinet to consider your options: Ibuprofen? Aspirin? Paracetemol? Maybe you just down two pills without a second thought. It’s hard to pinpoint what percentage of runners regularly take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, the technical term for many ... 

Does diet or exercise make you more hungry?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
The calories may be the same, but appetite cues like your sense of smell react differently.

Let’s say you spend three days burning 25 per cent more calories than you consume. You can do that by decreasing the amount of food you eat, or by increasing the amount of exercise you do. Is there any difference between the two approaches? That’s what a new study in the American Journal ...  ... 

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