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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 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 trackers ...  ... 

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 ... 

Compression socks and recovery

By Alison Wade on in Health
Study shows post-race, compression socks improved performance by 2.6 per cent.

A new study provides scientific evidence to support the idea that compression socks are not just fashionable, they’re also functional. The study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, found that wearing compression socks for 48 hours after running a marathon improved performance on a treadmill test two weeks ...  ... 

Barefoot runner Bikila's family sues Vibram

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
The family of two-time Olympic marathon champ Abebe Bikila is suing minimalist running shoe maker Vibram Five Fingers for the unauthorised use of his name.

The Bikila family are seeking $15 million in damages following claims that Vibram trademarked the name "Bikila" in 2010 without seeking the family's permission. Abebe Bikila famously won the 1960 Olympic Marathon in Rome barefoot. A last-minute addition to the Ethiopian team, he agreed to step in when a fellow runner ... 

Kiplagat breaks half marathon world record

By Peter Gambaccini on in News
Florence Kiplagat set a new world record last Sunday, coming in at 1:05:09.

Florence Kiplagat of Kenya broke her own world half marathon record in 1:05:09 in Barcelona on Sunday, cutting three seconds from the record, which she set in the Spanish city in 2014. Her splits of 46:14 for 15K and 1:01:54 for 20K could be ratified as world records as well. Kiplagat’s performance came ... 

4 great reasons to volunteer on race day

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Community
Fancy meeting new friends, learning a new skill or giving back to the running community? There's never been a better time to volunteer.

From parkrun to 10Ks to marathons, if you’ve ever run an organised race, chances are you’ll have benefited from the kindness of strangers. Many running events rely heavily on the support of volunteers to make race day happen. Volunteering is not only an integral aspect of events; it’s an excellent ... 

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