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London Marathon names millionth finisher

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39-year-old police officer Shannon Foudy was number 1000,000 to cross the Virgin Money London Marathon finish line.

Virgin Money London Marathon has named its millionth finisher. Shannon Foudy from Hemel Hempstead was running her first marathon on Sunday 24th April to raise money for the Luton & Dunstable Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which saved the life of her daughter Catrin in January 2010. Foudy, a ...  ... 

What is overtraining syndrome?

By Wesley Doyle on in Health
Pushing body and mind too far isn’t just a peril for elites and ultra runners. Overtraining syndrome can hit anyone.

Whether recent converts or veterans with sacks of finisher’s medals, we expect our training miles to be rewarded with improvement in both how we run and how we feel. But what if those miles don’t deliver? Maybe lately your body has become the in vogue destination for every illness and ... 

How to recover from overtraining syndrome

By Wesley Doyle on in Health
Maximise recovery and minimise the negative impact of intense training.

1/ Have a plan ‘Periodisation is a structured plan that cycles periods of harder training, to overload the body, with periods of rest and easier sessions,’ says Tom Craggs, lead coach at Running with Us. ‘This allows the body to adapt by focusing on different types of training at different ...  Continue reading ... 

Warning signs of overtraining syndrome

By Wesley Doyle on in Health
Whether you're struggling when out running or taking the hit at home, overtraining could be to blame.

Are you pushing too hard? Tom Craggs, lead coach at Running with Us, explains the warning signs of overtraining syndrome (OTS). When running Lack of progression: Despite increasing the quality and/or quantity of your training, your progression slows or reverses. You’re working harder in sessions that previously felt easy. Injuries and niggles: Constant ... 

How to beat mid-race boredom

By Dr Jeff Brown and Liz Neporent on in Training
Boredom can strike at any time, no matter how electric the atmosphere. Bring your run to life with these tips from sports psychologist Dr Jeff Brown.

You might think that as long as you’re in the middle of a race with cheering crowds and booming music, your mind will never go numb. But while racing can be exciting and inspiring, it may also sometimes feel dull and repetitive – especially in a long-distance event with more ... 

Runner's World vs. the world at Wings for Life 2015

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A special RW report from the Wings for Life 2015 World Run: 100,000 runners, 35 countries, one great day.

This weekend sees the return of the Wings for Life World Run. This one-of-a-kind event starts at the same time across 34 locations worldwide, pitting runners against the Catcher Car - the finish line that chases them - all in aid of spinal cord injury research foundation Wings for Life. Last ... 

Wings For Life World Run - Live stream

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Tune in live and watch all the races from around the world.

This weekend, thousands of runners will take on the 2016 Wings for Life World Run. This one-of-a-kind event will see everyone from pros to casual joggers hitting the road across 34 locations, competing to stay ahead of the Catcher Car - the finish line that chases the runners. Watch the event ... 

Can sprint training take the place of longer, more moderate exercise?

By Amby Burfoot on in Training
A headline-making study found sprinters reaped similar health benefits in much less time, but the results don’t render longer, slower runs obsolete.

If you were reading a health or medical journal, you might suspect the acronym SIT had something to do with obesity and sedentary lifestyles. It doesn’t, at least not directly. SIT stands for “Sprint Interval Training,” and it’s become a hot topic in discussions of efficient exercise and healthier lifestyles. Interest ... 

Runner’s World Personal Best Awards 2016: The winners

By Joe Mackie on in Gear
Our annual celebration of the very best in running, as decided by the most important and discerning judges of all: you, the nation’s runners.

Judge for yourselves The Runner’s World Personal Best Awards are decided entirely by the online votes of RW readers, with the Most Improved Race and Best New Race Awards calculated from our race ratings data. The only exception to this is our Outstanding Contribution Award, which is chosen by the RW ... 

One key move: Hip flexor release

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Open up those pesky hip flexors with this essential stretch.

Sit down a lot? ‘The chances are that your iliacus, a hip flexor, has shortened to accommodate a seated position,’ says Katy Bowman, author of Move Your DNA. This limits your leg’s ability to swing behind the pelvis, which could hamper your stride. ‘This passive hip extension will signal ‘lengthen!’ ... 

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