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Surgical tape could be the answer to blister blues

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
In a study of 128 ultra-runners, surgical tape was found to significantly lessen the chance of developing blisters.

Been splashing the cash on top-of-the-range socks, lubricants and plasters to avoid the curse of the mid-race blister? You could have saved yourself a few quid - and some sore feet - by just using surgical tape. A study at the 155-mile RacingThePlanet event in 2014 saw 128 ultra-runners have basic ... 

Female runners take on Iran's first marathon despite ban

By on in News
Two women ran the 'I Run Iran' 26.2 despite being banned by authorities.

Two female runners competed in Iran's first official marathon this Saturday (9th April), despite women being banned by the region's authorities. Local video journalist Bahar Shoghi tweeted that she'd seen two women race unofficially, taking on the 'I Run Iran' marathon alongside around 250 male runners. Race founder Sebastian Straten, who ... 

London Marathon 2016 Guinness World Record attempts

By Rhalou Allerhand on in News
From a 20kg dinosaur suit to a hot dog, the fun runners will be out in full force at the London Marathon this month. Here are the best ones to look out for in the crowd.

A bus fleet engineer from Crawley in West Sussex, Ian Bates has created arguably the finest costume ever to grace the circuit. The 3D dinosaur suit weighs 20kg and has taken 18 months to create – spectators will be running for the hills as he roars towards the finish line. Charity: ... 

3 phases to beating IT band syndrome

By Brian Fullem on in Health
Iliotibial band (ITB) pain can derail your training. Our three-phase plan will get you back on track.

Iliotibial band syndrome, or ITBS, is one of the main causes of knee pain in runners. The IT band, or ITB, can become so painful that a runner is unable to train at all. ‘You need to address both the cause and the symptoms,’ says Mark Fadil, director of Sports ... 

Should I do my long run or race during training?

By Susan Paul on in Training
Find the right balance while working toward your goals.

I need to run my first 16 miler for my marathon training on the same day as a very popular 10K in my area. I really enjoy this race and have run it several years in a row. Can I do both or should I focus on one thing?  Yes, you ... 

When to tough out a workout and when to skip it

By Carl Leivers on in Training
Work out whether you’re wimping out or wising up.

It’s a question all runners face when the mind is tired, the legs are heavy and a scheduled session is feeling like one huge struggle: should I suck it up and keep going, change the workout or just call it a day? In a ‘no pain, no gain’ world, that can ... 

Why you should make the most of different terrains

By Kelly Bastone on in Training
Spend time on inclines, flats and routes with both to build speed as well as strength.

The Greek philosopher Aristotle said, ‘We are what we repeatedly do.’ Runners would do well to remember that when considering go-to routes. The terrain we train on shapes our strengths, which is why smart racers log training runs that mimic the profile of their upcoming event. Hills use different muscle ... 

4 fixes for happier feet

By Sam Murphy on in Health
Runners’ feet are infamously dodgy. Buck the trend with these simple tips.

Runners’ feet deserve pity: we cram them into sweaty running shoes and pound them into pavements – 30 miles a week adds up to more than 50,000 foot strikes. ‘Runners’ feet face a double whammy,’ says podiatrist Dr Ivan Bristow. ‘Trauma to the nails and vulnerable areas of skin from ... 

Do you keep a log of all your training runs?

By on in Training
Jo Pavey talks through the benefit of running diaries.

Do you keep a log of all your training runs? I’ve always found it really important to keep a training log – I believe it’s a crucial tool for improving your running. You can use a log to look back at the build-up to races that went particularly well and to ... 

Gear pick of the week: Skullcandy XTfree headphones

By on in Gear
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 ... 

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