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Gear pick of the week: Skullcandy XTfree headphones

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We put these wireless Bluetooth headphones to the test.

For runners who can't hit the road without a soundtrack, a pair of comfortable, high quality headphones is a must. We tested out the latest offering from Skullcandy - the XTfree. These sweat-resistant earbuds have a sleek, modern design with Pureclean™ tech to keep them hygienic, plus they offer up ... 

Ready, Steady, Mo! Running legend Mo Farah launches children's book

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
Olympian Mo Farah has inspired a new kid's book that aims to encourage children to take up exercise.

Hodder Children’s Books has launched a picture book inspired by Olympic champion Mo Farah. Ready, Steady, Mo! was created with Farah’s input but written by Kes Gray and illustrated by Marta Kissi. The book will be in funny, rhyming text with vibrant illustrations, encouraging children to exercise and families to read together.  Farah ... 

How unstructured runs can make you faster

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Think you’re done? Wrong.

Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon champion, RW contributor and all-around running sage, once revealed the “absolute, no-doubt-in-the-world best running workout you can do.” Run 5 x 1 mile as hard as you can with 400-meter recovery jogs - and then, when you’ve finished, have your coach tell you ...  Continue reading

43 signs you love running a bit too much

By Lisa Buckingham, RW Staff on in Community
Ever worry that your love affair with the sport may have gone too far? Read on and be honest...

1. You descend into a deep and impenetrable existential crisis when you finish a marathon in 3:30:01. 2. Your physio feels the needs to call security shortly after delivering the news that you ‘should probably take a few weeks off running.' 3. Your partner has to politely ask you to rationalise your ... 

5 reasons you can't run faster

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Every runner knows what it feels like to reach his or her limits. But what really defines those limits? We decode the mysteries behind why our legs turn to lead and our will seems to vanish.

You don’t hit your limit just because lactic acid is scorching your muscles. The many sensations you feel while running each correspond to a different mini-crisis in your body, and they combine to determine whether you can hold your pace. Last year, exercise scientists gathered in San Diego, US, to ... 

5 tips for pre-race stress relief

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Health
With only three weeks to go until The London Marathon, running fever is in the air. But in the build-up to race day, some of you may be struggling with anxiety and riddled with nerves. Try our pre-race alternative stress relievers and rock up to the start line feeling refreshed and ready to run.

In an ideal world running is an escape from the stresses of everyday life. But in reality, if you’re gearing up for a big event as race day draws near running can start to feel more like a chore than a stress reliever. So how do you keep pre-race anxiety ... 

How to correct overstriding

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Short, quick steps are the most efficient way to run. Here's how to train your body to take them.

Jaclyn asks: A friend told me my running stride is on the slow side. I tested it by counting my stride for a minute and ended up with 164. What does this mean? Do I need to increase it, and if so, how? In simple terms, your running cadence is the ... 

Exercise and meditation combined may combat depression

By on in Health
According to a new study, meditation in conjunction with aerobic exercise can reduce depression.

A combined program of meditation and exercise can reduce depression, according to a Rutgers study. The study, published in Translational Psychiatry, found that meditating and engaging in exercise twice a week for only two months reduced the symptoms for a group of students by 40 per cent. 'We are excited by the findings ...  ... 

Ethiopian marathon runner dies in road traffic accident

By on in News
Help is urgently needed following a tragic accident in Ethiopia.

An Ethiopian marathon runner has died and five other runners have been seriously injured after their training group was hit by a truck while out running in Sululuta, just north of Addis Ababa, on Saturday. 25-year-old Ashagre Girma died at the scene and his teammates Damtew Tilahun, Tamrat Worku, Teshome Hailu and Ashebir are all recovering ... 

Why supplements aren’t as good as foods

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Study shows that beetroot juice is more than the sum of its nutrients.

I’ve written lots about the potential endurance-boosting effects of beetroot juice over the last few years. The secret to its powers, according to the research, is its high levels of nitrate. So why not just take straight nitrate (or, more specifically, a nitrate salt like sodium nitrate)? That way, you avoid ... 

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