1 to 10 of 335 blog posts

What is overtraining syndrome?

By Wesley Doyle on in Health
Pushing body and mind too far isn’t just a peril for elites and ultra runners. Overtraining syndrome can hit anyone.

Whether recent converts or veterans with sacks of finisher’s medals, we expect our training miles to be rewarded with improvement in both how we run and how we feel. But what if those miles don’t deliver? Maybe lately your body has become the in vogue destination for every illness and ... 

How to recover from overtraining syndrome

By Wesley Doyle on in Health
Maximise recovery and minimise the negative impact of intense training.

1/ Have a plan ‘Periodisation is a structured plan that cycles periods of harder training, to overload the body, with periods of rest and easier sessions,’ says Tom Craggs, lead coach at Running with Us. ‘This allows the body to adapt by focusing on different types of training at different ...  Continue reading ... 

Warning signs of overtraining syndrome

By Wesley Doyle on in Health
Whether you're struggling when out running or taking the hit at home, overtraining could be to blame.

Are you pushing too hard? Tom Craggs, lead coach at Running with Us, explains the warning signs of overtraining syndrome (OTS). When running Lack of progression: Despite increasing the quality and/or quantity of your training, your progression slows or reverses. You’re working harder in sessions that previously felt easy. Injuries and niggles: Constant ... 

How well do different drinks hydrate you?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A new “hydration index” tests how fast water, juice, beer, milk, coffee and other drinks pass through your system.

Not all drinks take the same amount of time to reach your bladder. This fact, a team of researchers write in a recent American Journal of Clinical Nutrition article, “is of real clinical and practical benefit in situations in which free access to fluids is limited or when frequent breaks ... 

Does “overuse” really cause injuries?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Researchers suggest the real problem is “training load errors.”

As runners, we’re lucky that we don’t have to worry too much about blowing out an ACL or breaking an arm. Most of our injuries are caused by overuse: gradual breakdowns or flare-ups that result from repeating the same motion over and over again. Or are they? A letter published in the British Journal ...  ... 

7 nutritious start line snacks

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Keep those energy levels on point with these pre-packaged nibbles.

If there's one thing that can be said for racing, it's that there can be a heck of a long wait at the start line. Fend off pre-run peckishness with one of these convenient packaged snacks, without weighing yourself down or scuppering your sugar levels. KIND Madagascan Vanilla Almond Bar With a ... 

Is weight-bearing exercise really useless for bone strength?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Contrary to reports, exercise does matter for long-term bone health.

“Exercise Is Not the Path to Strong Bones,” according to the headline of a recent article in the New York Times, by Gina Kolata. In fact, the article continues, exercise “has little or no effect on bone strength.” Allow me to disagree. The problem, in my view, isn’t so much that the ... 

How to carb-load for marathon week

By Pamela Nisevich Bede, M.S., R.D on in Health
Got a big race soon? Here's how to fuel in the days leading up to your marathon.

This week, thousands of runners are focused on one thing: tackling a marathon. Whether you are in training for a late spring marathon or gearing up for next week’s London Marathon, the subject of fuelling has probably come across your mind. At this point, you’ve likely ironed out your pre-race ... 

Why does my vision get blurry when I run?

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Fuzzy vision could be caused by mid-run changes in blood pressure.

Kelly asks: Why does my vision get blurry during the later part of runs? Exercise impacts blood pressure. There may be some temporary and transient changes in your blood pressure late in your runs that could affect blood flow to the part of your brain that governs your vision clarity. There could ... 

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 ... 

1 to 10 of 335 blog posts

RW competitions

RW Forum