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How to run at your best when you're 35-44

By Richard A. Lovett on in Training
You've not reached your peak just yet.

It’s tempting to deny that age has any effect at the lower end of the masters range. After all, Jo Pavey won the European 10,000m title at the age of 40, while US marathoner Meb Keflezighi’s PB win at Boston came only weeks before his 39th birthday. Similarly, the two ... 

6 ways to stop your mental energy being drained

By AC Shilton on in Training
Is your brain tiring you out? Daily decisions and distractions can sap your resolve to run. Here’s how to preserve your precious mental energy.

After dealing with your unrelenting workload, demanding boss, erratic computer, incessant emails, texts and the other stresses of your day, you may feel too tired to run by the time 5:30pm rolls around. Feeling fatigued may seem odd if you’ve been parked in a chair for eight hours. But while you ... 

6 warm-up exercises to prep you for running

By Gareth Cole, Andy Dixon on in Training
Raise your heart rate and mobilise joints with these simple moves.

1/ Gluteus medius Sitting on a roller (with it placed just below your coccyx), cross one ankle above the knee of the other leg and roll the glute of the bent-leg side. Do 20 rolls. 2/ Calves Sitting on floor with your legs straight, place the roller under your lower legs, just above ... 

Live like an Olympian: Heart-rate variability

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Your heart-rate says a lot about how ready you are to train.

Heart-rate variability What it measures: Readiness to train; signs of overtraining Why have it? Heart-rate variability (HRV) – the variation in the time interval between heartbeats – is increasingly being monitored in elite runners. ‘While genetic factors explain about 30 per cent of HRV, high variability has been shown to be associated ... 

How to run downhill

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
It’s hard on your legs, but there are strategies that help.

You’d think it would be easier to run down a mountain than to run up it. And sure, if you’re talking about gasping for air and feeling your heart pounding, that’s true. But as far as your legs are concerned, running downhill for a long period of time is one of ... 

5 training mistakes every runner makes

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Avoid these behaviours to run your best.

I’ve been coaching runners one-on-one, in groups and online for more than 23 years. I have guided thousands of new and seasoned runners through their training for 5Ks, ultramarathons, and everything in between. And I’ve seen these five issues come up over and over again, like a scene out of the ... 

Don't let acid reflux ruin your running

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
These nutritional strategies and medications can help prevent acid reflux.

I'm a marathoner who always get acid reflux during races. I need to eat and drink to keep my energy up, but doing so makes me feel so bad. Any advice? Completing a marathon is a huge physical challenge - and experiencing mid-race acid reflux will certainly make that feat even ... 

How much do heavy shoes slow you down?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
A study finds that adding even a few ounces affects race times.

Heavy shoes slow you down by forcing you burn more energy at a given pace. But by how much, exactly? Studies dating back to the 1980s have shown that for every additional 100 grams (3.5 ounces) per shoe, you burn about 1 percent more energy. In theory, running speed and energy ... 

5 stretches you should never do

By Markham Heid for Prevention on in Training
Keeping limber is vital to preventing injury, but make sure you do it right. Some stretches just aren’t worth it.

There’s a lot to like about stretching. Whether it’s for post-run recovery, a little morning yoga to wake you up or simple stretches to ease out back tension, it’s beneficial in countless ways. Research suggests stretching is a great way to maintain balance and freedom of movement, especially as you get ... 

6 weird things that happen to your body while running

By Selene Yeager on in Health
Running blasts stress, strengthens your heart and gives you great legs - but it can have some strange side effects.

The benefits of aerobic exercises such as cycling or running are unmistakable. But a few of its odder side effects - like tasting blood during a race, maybe - could be mistaken for symptoms of problems. Relax: strange as these physiological reactions to exercise are, they generally aren’t cause for alarm, says sports medicine doctor Jordan Metzl, author of The Athlete’s ...  ... 

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