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6 nutritious chocolate fixes

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Make the most of your chocolate fix with these nutrition-packed treats.

Sorting your chocolate cravings doesn’t have to mean reaching for a family-sized bar of Dairy Milk. Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of these chocolate treats with a healthy kick. The Raw Chocolate Co: Organic Raw Chocolate Raisins (£1.49, 28g) What: Organic raisins covered with raw chocolate Why eat it: Raw chocolate is ... 

Top 6 craziest obstacle races in the UK

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Events
Time for a new challenge? Fling yourself into the unknown with wild abandon and get drenched, electrocuted and run over for the fun of it at one of the top 6 craziest UK obstacle course races.

Once you've ran your speediest 10K PB and devoted a chunk of your life to a marathon, where else is there to go with your running? Down and dirty of course! Check out the top ten craziest obstacle races in the UK and prepare to get muddy. The good news ... 

Running and its benefits for arthritis

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Community
Keeping active can be beneficial for arthritis sufferers.

Traditionally associated with the elderly, arthritis actually affects people of all ages. There are currently 12,000 children and approximately 27,000 under 25s living with arthritis in the UK. ‘Generally staying active is very beneficial for the joints, for the muscles, for the heart and for the mind,’ says Mr Zameer Shah, ... 

Make me a better runner: Pilates (Part 4)

By Georgia Scarr on in Training
We try out a Pilates Chair class to tackle muscle imbalances.

Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Three weeks into my Pilates challenge, I was feeling much more secure in my core – the scooping of abdominals in every workout was something I could easily transfer to running. What wasn’t behaving, however, were my legs. With a collection ...  Continue reading

How to fuel your long runs

By Susan Paul on in Health
Once you’re running longer than normal, focus on foods that will energise your run.

It's a good idea to eat something before a long run, especially on runs longer than two hours. Just like logging miles is part of the conditioning process for a marathon, so is eating before and during the run so you’ll know what works best the day of the race. Digestion ... 

Kenyans dominate at Chicago Marathon 2015

By on in News
After opting out of elite pacemakers, a slow race produces a Kenyan sweep at Chicago Marathon 2015.

For the first time in 26 years the Chicago Marathon chose not to provide pacemakers for its elite field. Officials said the decision would result in a more competitive but slower event, with record-breaking performances less likely. As predicted the race was slower and subsequently produced a solid Kenyan sweep, with ... 

Pre-run ibuprofen won't improve performance if you're already sore

By Scott Douglas on in Health
Research found no difference in time to exhaustion between runners who did and didn't take ibuprofen.

Popping a handful of ibuprofen soon before a hard run if you're already sore is no more effective than popping a handful of jelly beans, suggests research published in the Journal of Athletic Training. The study adds to evidence that the approach many runners take to anti-inflammatories is unhelpful and potentially ...  ... 

What makes runners hit “the wall” in marathons?

By Susan Paul on in Training
Training your body to work more efficiently will help you out on race day.

Are you scared of hitting the dreaded wall? Our fears are usually far worse than reality. Instead, embrace your fear by turning it into curiosity. If you really want to run a marathon, jump into training with both feet. Not everyone who runs a marathon will “hit the wall.” There are ... 

What makes an ultra-runner?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
To run further than 26.2, runners sacrifice efficiency to avoid muscle damage.

We all have an idea what the “ideal” marathoner looks like - we’ve seen enough pictures of the lead pack at big races to have an image of the diminutive, smooth-striding, pipe-cleaner-legged bodies that tend to finish at the front. But is the same true for ultramarathons, which cover much ... 


By Rhalou Allerhand on in Health
If you wake up on race day feeling below par, should you go ahead and run, risking a DNF (did not finish), or listen to your body and DNS (did not start)?

Two weeks ago I was faced with a conundrum. I woke up the morning before marathon day with a stinking cold. I did not feel remotely like running. In fact I wanted to curl up and die. As the day wore on my cold got worse and I considered dropping ... 

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