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Mo Pain, Mo Gain - Strength training with Mo Farah

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A selection of key moves from Farah’s strength and conditioning regime

This steps make up Mo's hour long strength and conditioning sessions. Do ten reps of each, see how that feels and then repeat. You'll soon feel the burn! Gym ball windscreen wipers Hold the ball using your ankles and rotate through your core to lower it to the floor, both sides.  Continue ... 

Mo Farah breaks the 2 miles world record in Birmingham

By Ben Hobson on in News
Mo Farah smashes Bekele's record running 8:03.40

Double Olympic, World and European champion Mo Farah set the track alight at the Birmingham Grand Prix at the weekend, silencing critics with a dominant display in the men's 2 miles. This was Farah's first race of the year having spent several weeks training in Ethopia and the hard work is ... 

When to worry if your calf muscles spasm

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Whether runs are short or long, sometimes your muscles don't stop firing.

Do your muscles still spasm after a run? This is most likely muscle fasciculation, where the voluntary muscle units are randomly firing and not under the usual central nervous system neurologic controls. Voluntary muscles generally contract when you ask them to, as in running, and not at rest. This can occur ... 

ASICS launches "Its A Big World. Go Run It"

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It may be an ad campaign, but the latest video from ASICS does make us want to run...

It's hard to watch the new ASICS video and not immediately want to put your shoes on, go find as many other runners as you can and scale a mountain, so it's worth giving it praise for that and for not just being another shoe advert.  The video was shot in ... 

8 great podcasts for long runs

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Training
Need a little distraction on your long runs? Try one of these 8 podcasts to keep your thoughts occupied and your feet pounding the streets.

Long runs provide the perfect opportunity to explore your surroundings, get lost in your thoughts or solve complex mathematical equations (if you’re that way inclined). But for even the most ardent fans of solitude, once you’ve enjoyed the beautiful sounds of nature or listened to your favourite disco mix a ... 

Study shows marathon training is good for runners' hearts

By Amby Burfoot on in Health
To cardiologists unearthed positive results from 18 weeks of marathon training.

A new study–the first to look deeply into heart-related changes that result from typical midpack marathoner training–provides much good news for runners logging 25 to 30 miles a week. The study published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging was conducted by cardiologist Aaron Baggish, M.D., and colleagues in Boston. Baggish, ... 

Man v Marathon Des Sables: 100 Questions Every Marathon Des Sables Runner Asks Themselves

By Kieran Alger on in Events
Endurance runner soul searching MDS style

Even before you get an email confirming your place, the Marathon des Sables raises questions. The self interrogation starts long before that fateful email arrives. Should I take on this mammoth challenge? Can I even afford it? Have I got time to train? How do I get a place? What’s all this about ... 

Study examines accuracy of activity trackers

By Alison Wade on in Gear
Research shows devices tend to measure simple movements like running more accurately than complex ones.

A new study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) shows that activity trackers may not be as accurate as some consumers believe, especially when it comes to tracking steps for activities involving complex movements, like playing basketball, weight lifting, and cross training. The results indicate that each of the ...  ... 

Runner crawls last 50 metres of Austin Marathon to finish third

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
Hyvon Ngetich finished on her hands and knees after leading by 500 metres.

Hyvon Ngetich of Kenya appeared to be headed to an overwhelming victory at the Austin Marathon when she was suddenly running on empty, and then she wasn’t running at all. In the final 50 metres of Sunday’s race, Ngetich dropped to her hands and knees and began crawling to the finish ... 

Hoka Highland Fling training blog week 6: Thank God for girlfriends

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Events
Can an average runner take on 53-miles in the Scottish Highlands? In the sixth week of her training our Online News Ed Rhalou struggles with pre-race anxiety and calls a friend.

With only ten weeks to go until I embark on a 53-mile ultra The Hoka Highland Fling, as the miles start to add up, so has the hysteria. For week six my training plan stipulated a 35-minute easy run, an interval session, a strength and conditioning session, another 35-minute easy ... 

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