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Dehydration and cognitive function

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Does getting thirsty make you dumber?

One of the presentations that caught my attention at last month’s American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Boston was a look at the links between dehydration and cognitive function, from Christopher Irwin and his colleagues at Griffith University in Australia. In brief, the study asked ten male endurance athletes to ...  ... 

How muscle memory can help you back to running after injury

By on in Training
Returning to running after a layoff? It’s easier than you may think to start again.

Many runners have been there – lacing up for the first time after a break from training and praying there is such a thing as muscle memory. For example, 48-year-old Jeff Alexander ran his first marathon in 1996, finishing in 3:03. He ran his second the following year in 3:07, ... 

London Marathon bans Liliya Shobukhova for life

By on in News
Russian distance runner Liliya Shobukhova will be excluded for life from the World Marathon Majors despite a reduction in her doping ban from WADA on Monday.

UPDATE - former banned athlete Liliya Shobukhova has been ordered to repay £377,361 plus costs to London Marathon organisers by the British High Court. However, the claim may take some time as the decision will need to be enforced in Russia before London Marathon see any of the cash.  Drug cheat Liliya ... 

5 common myths about running shoes

By Jonathan Beverly on in Gear
Why conventional wisdom often falls short.

1/ There is a best running shoe “What is the top running shoe now?” I’ve been asked this question too many times. It would be nice to be able to name a best shoe every year, give a star rating (4 out of 5), or even put a simple “thumbs up” ... 

The psychology of muscle soreness

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
How you think about pain affects how you feel after a hard workout.

If you do an unusually hard workout - perhaps a run with lots of steep downhills and other unfamiliar movements - you’ll probably be sore the next day. How sore? That depends, you would think, on just how much damage you’ve done to your muscles. But there may be more to ... 

What hot temperatures can do to your running and how to cope

By Richard Lovett on in Training
Running doesn’t have to become a suffer-fest as the mercury rises. Here’s how to prepare for runs in the sun.

However many bad-conditions-will-make-you-stronger quotes we collect, there’s still one aspect of weather that most of us runners do our best to dodge: heat. Encouraged by the health warnings every time the mercury climbs, many of us do everything we can to avoid it: running at dawn or in the late ... 

How to beat Mo Farah

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Strategic moves are key when you’re racing for first place.

Mo Farah may not have the fastest PB among the competitors in this summer’s Olympics, but he's won seven straight global championships over 5,000 and 10,000 metres, dating back to 2011. He has mastered the art of racing for place, not time. If you have an upcoming race and your top priority is ... 

4 ways to avoid the dreaded side stitch

By Jenny Hadfield on in Health
You can start by watching what you eat before a run.

Few things are worse than getting a side stitch during a run. Here are three ways to prevent the problem, and one strategy for stopping a stitch in its tracks: Eat mindfully pre-run There are many theories as to why stitches occur, and one of them factors in what and when you ... 

5 reasons you should never go on a juice cleanse or detox diet

By Caroline Praderio for Eat Clean on in Health
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just get healthy, here are some good reasons to leave these fad fasts off the list.

Thinking about trying a juice cleanse or radical detox to lose weight or get faster? The allure of these diets can be strong. Of course you like the idea of clearing out your insides, hopefully to make yourself leaner and meaner. But as attractive as the idea of detoxing is, ... 

Does better fat-burning give women a marathon edge?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
A study tests the claim that women have a metabolic advantage over long distances.

Over the past few years, several big-data studies have concluded that, when it comes to hitting the wall in a marathon, men crash harder than women. At any given fitness level or finishing time, men slow more than women in the late stages of the race. As I discussed in a post ...  ... 

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