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The rearfoot: A user's guide

By Annie Rice on in Health
Don't let your run get off on the wrong foot - brush up on your rearfoot knowledge to avoid injury and improve your technique.

Made up of the calcaneus – the largest bone in the foot, which forms your heel – and the talus, which rests on top and forms the pivot of the ankle. ‘The rearfoot provides guidance and stability in front to back and side-to-side motion at heelstrike to aid a smooth ... 

7 ways to have a breakthrough running year

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Try one of these strategies to take your speed and strength to the next level.

Tara asks: I’ve been running for a year now and I want to focus on improving my speed this year in the 10K and half-marathon distances. How can I set myself up for running and racing faster? I run four times per week. A breakthrough in running by definition is an ... 

Rules of running: Over 40s

By Lisa Marshall on in Training
Keep running strong past the big 4-0.

Ok, here’s the bad news: runners tend to slow by three to six per cent over the course of their 40s, by 10 per cent per decade in their 50s and 60s, and by 15 per cent per decade after 70, as their strength, flexibility and bone density diminish. Now ... 

Build stronger hips for better running

By on in Health
Use these videos to help strengthen your hips and the muscles that surround them

How to check your hips Hip check phase 1 Hip check phase 2 Hip check phase 3 Hip check phase 4 Continue reading

The midfoot: A user's guide

By Annie Rice on in Health
This central section of your foot can also be home to the dreaded plantar fasciitis. Find out how to keep it in good working order to boost performance and sidestep injury.

Made up of five tarsal bones – navicular, cuboid and three cuneiform – ‘the midfoot helps to absorb shock during pronation and provides rigidity for a powerful and stable toe off’, says Thatcher. Improve your run: Strengthen the midfoot Why it matters: ‘Better foot strength will boost power and reduce injury further up ... 

Exercise and the onset of Alzheimer’s

By Alison Wade on in Health
Studies show running can be an effective way to slow progression of the disease.

Every morning, Geno Meyers, 67, wakes up and asks his wife, “Do we have a race today?” Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease has rendered him unable to answer the question for himself. Diagnosed at age 62, Meyers, from Grass Valley, California, can no longer run on his own - he got lost 10 miles ... 

The forefoot: A user's guide

By Annie Rice on in Health
Your feet are key to stability and propulsion on the run.

The forefoot consists of three distinct parts: five metatarsal bones (running from the arch to the toes) which act as shock absorbers and also play a crucial role in propulsion at toe-off; the toes; and two sesamoid bones, which protect tendons, absorb pressure on landing and act as leverage for ... 

Good reads for endurance nerds

By Alex Hutchinson on in Community
Want to stay entertained without wearing yourself out? These great new running and endurance books should do the trick.

‘Tis the season to offer a few book recommendations. Here are a few that I’ve enjoyed this year or that I’m looking forward to cracking open in the New Year: Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon, Ed Caesar Don’t be fooled: it’s not a delusional fantasy about how humans ...  ... 

New Year new you: Best races for beginners in 2016

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Events
Keen to run your first race? Cut your teeth on these excellent events in the New Year.

The New Year is traditionally a time of new beginnings, expensive gym memberships and dramatic life changes. But despite our best intentions, it’s all too easy to commit to a brand new you and then fall off the bandwagon two weeks into January. So what's the best way to stand ... 

Raynaud's Syndrome in runners

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
How to cope if your hands and feet freeze up on chilly runs.

Emmie asks: After running in the cold, my fingers get swollen, feel numb, and turn white. It seems to take forever for them to warm up. My running partner said it sounds like Raynaud’s. What is this and what precautions should I take? This is the season for Raynaud’s Syndrome and your ... 

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