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How to plan your protein for optimal muscle recovery

By Amy Gorin on in Health
Timing is everything when it comes to how protein affects your performance and recovery.

Each time Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan sits down for post-run bison meatballs, she’s doing her body a big favour. Protein, made up of amino acids, is so important to muscle repair, recovery and building that runners should have a greater portion of the nutrient after their workouts than at any ... 

Why taking an off-season is important

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
A break from racing (and race-specific training) gives your body and mind a chance to recover.

I’ve been running for five years, and this year was brutal. Although I ran more, I struggled with minor aches and pains, and my times were the same or slower than last season’s. I know I need to take time off of racing, but can you explain how to do this ... 

Live like an Olympian: Blood tests

By Sam Murphy on in Training
No, not the doping test kind. Your blood shows all sorts of insights into how your body's responding to training.

Phlebotomy What it measures: Blood profile Why have it? Blood testing is routinely used for diagnostics, screening and monitoring in athletes. ‘Elite athletes would normally have blood tests two to four times per year,’ says Dr John Rogers, endurance medical officer to British Athletics. ‘These look at specific biomarkers to help identify ... 

2 teenage girls killed after being hit by car while out running

By on in News
The Aldershot runners were struck by a black Ford Focus yesterday evening.

Updated 9th November at 12:05: Two teenage girls have been killed after being hit by a car while out running yesterday evening (Tuesday 8th November). Police have said the girls were hit by a black Ford Focus just after 7:10pm on Queen's Avenue in Aldershot, Hampshire. Paramedics and air ambulance crews ... 

4 tweaks to maximise your training gains

By Lauren Bedosky, Steve Magness on in Training
New research reveals surprising – and intriguing – ways to help you run better.

Runners are creatures of habit: we tend to latch on to particular training strategies and persist with them until we get bored or burn out. If your routine feels stale, try shaking it up with science. Researchers are always working to examine how athletes respond to different training techniques, and ... 

I’m a runner: Michael Palin

By on in Community
The founding member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus on over three decades of running

From the June Issue of Runner's World 2011 In 1978, I had to look tanned and fit to play the ex-leper in Life of Brian, so I ran up and down the beaches in Tunisia where we were shooting the film. I got back to London and I thought, I must ... 

What all runners need to know about bone health

By Drew Price, Kerry McCarthy on in Health
Everything you do, in and out of your trainers, affects your skeletal structure. Here’s how to upgrade your training and everyday life to ensure better bone health and faster running.

Think about the subjects that crop up most in those nerdy running chats with your friends. Speed endurance, V02 max, running economy and lactate threshold will be in there. And so they should; they all come into play as you work to become a stronger runner. But how often do ... 

9 tips for running in fancy dress

By on in Training
We spoke to two Supermans and a rhino to get the lowdown on how to run in costume.

1/ Practise in your outfit before the big day You know the rules - nothing new on race day, hilarious costumes included. Take your fancy dress out for a test run before your goal race – maybe a local 10K if you’re aiming for a half marathon. ‘This will bring to ... 

3 relaxing things you can do to aid your recovery

By Bradley Stulberg on in Training
None of them include foam-rolling or ice baths.

After a race or hard workout, our bodies can be pretty out of whack. Cortisol, a hormone that’s released when we’re under duress, floods our systems. And our beaten-up muscles, replete with micro-tears, trigger an inflammatory response that makes us feel stiff and sore. Although it sounds awful, this stress response ... 

10 best running skills workouts

By on in Training
The top sessions to improve every part of your running armoury

The last few months of the year are a good time to work on key running skills, which are often neglected in a target-oriented race-training schedule. But by spending time working on your form, cadence, pace and sense of effort, you’ll be setting down the building blocks for future running ... 

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