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Why runners should do Pilates

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
We've got the lowdown on all things Pilates and why it's so good for runners.

What is Pilates? Pilates is often compared to yoga, but they actually have very different backgrounds. While yoga is a centuries-old practice with close links to spirituality, Pilates is a mind and body conditioning technique developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. Classes feature exercises to improve core stability and encourage ... 

Asli Cakir Alptekin stripped of Olympic 1500m gold for doping

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
London 2012 gold medallist Alptekin has been stripped of her title and banned from athletics for eight years in a CAS-approved settlement reached by Alptekin and IAAF.

Turkish middle-distance runner Asli Cakir Alptekin has been stripped of her gold medal for doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced. She has also been banned for eight years, making her ineligible to compete until 2021. The 29-year-old won Olympic gold in the 1500m in London 2012, and also ... 

Have a sweet tooth? Blame your genes

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
People who don't perceive sweetness well may end up eating more sugar.

Ever find yourself fantasising about decadent sweets on the last few miles of your run? Some of us can’t wait (me included!) to get our hands on an ice cream sundae!But some of my runner friends find their teeth aching at the mere thought of an indulgence as sweet ...  ... 

Injured Adam Gemili out of Beijing World Championships

By Georgia Scarr on in News
Team GB's 21-year-old sprinter Gemili suffered a hamstring tear in June.

GB sprinter Adam Gemili has had to pull out of the Beijing World Championships on medical advice. The 21-year-old suffered a hamstring tear after running a 9.97 second 100m at the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix in June. Gemili, who was due to be part of Great Britain's 4x100m relay team at ... 

How often should I strength train?

By Susan Paul on in Training
Just like when you add more miles, the key is to build gradually.

Jason asks: I'm trying to work strength training into my running routine, something I've never done before. I found a brief workout with dumbbells that includes deadlifts, squats, lunges and squat thrusts. I did it for the first time last week and my legs were so sore that I couldn't run for ... 

What is recovery and why do I need it?

By Ian Williams on in Training
Rest and recovery are just as important as training, so make sure you include them in your running schedule.

Isn’t recovery just lying around doing nothing? Training plans mainly focus on the importance of long runs, intervals, hill training and other key sessions, but the gaps in between the workouts for rest and recovery are the yang to the yin, the good cop to the tough workout’s bad cop. Without ... 

3 mind games to get you through tough runs

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Long runs and races challenge both your physical and mental strength. These strategies can help your brain stay in the game.

I’m training for my first half marathon. I’m doing well with the physical training, but I’m really struggling with the mental side of things, from handling the distance of the long runs to finishing without whining about pretty much everything. Do you have any mental tricks to get me through? ... 

The ankle: A user’s guide

By Annie Rice on in Health
Your ankle-protection plan should go beyond spotting potholes. Get clued up on how the muscles work and sidestep injuries.

HOW YOUR ANKLE WORKS ON THE RUN Your ankle both drives you forward and minimises impact forces. ‘When your foot hits the ground, the ankle’s dorsiflexion – when your toes move closer to the shin – acts as a kind of shock-deferral device,’ says physiotherapist Paul Hobrough of Physio and Therapy. ... 

The solution to obesity

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
It’s simple: just follow these 67 steps.

I’m kidding. I don’t have “the solution” to obesity, but I’ve been thinking recently about how we frame the debate about solutions. This was sparked in part by a New York Times article by Anahad O’Connor earlier this week about a new Coca-Cola-funded nonprofit called the Global Energy Balance Network, “which promotes the ...  ... 

Jo Pavey set for retrospective 10,000m bronze medal?

By Georgia Scarr on in News
Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse, who took the 10,000m silver at the 2007 World Championships, is under investigation for doping.

GB long distance runner Jo Pavey may be set to retrospectively receive a World Championship bronze medal, following the announcement that Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse is under investigation doping after her samples tested positive for a banned substance. Abeylegesse took the 10,000m silver in Osaka’s 2007 World Championships, with Pavey landing fourth ... 

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