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Does stretching "loosen" muscles and tendons?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Some of the key effects of stretching are in your brain.

There's plenty of debateabout whether stretching before and/or after running is useful. But we spend less time thinking about what stretching actually does – what's changing on a muscular, neuromuscular, and biomechanical level when we stretch. A recent study in the Journal of Applied Physiology, from an international team of researchers in Australia, the ...  ... 

Top tips - how to tackle tight hamstrings

By Susan Paul on in Health
Runners' hamstrings can get tight due to over-lengthening.

For runners experiencing pain due to tight hamstrings, the first instinct is often to stretch. The pain may very well be due to tight hamstrings. However, here's why your stretching is most likely NOT helping you. In most cases, runner hamstrings are tight because they are actually over-lengthened rather than tight because ... 

Physio Q&A

By Alison Rose and Graeme Everard on in Health
How to avoid injury on the run and what to do when a niggle presents.

What should runners do when they first feel a niggle or an injury? The first thing an athlete should do when they feel a niggle or an injury coming on, is rest the affected part and apply ice. If you stop soon enough and pay attention to the niggle, it should ... 

Make Me A Better Runner: Boxing (part 7)

By Kerry McCarthy, RW Commissioning Editor on in Health
This week we talk about food, glorious food: how to use it for good rather than evil and ensure you don't waste all that sweat and training effort by eating the wrong stuff.

The biggest mistake that sports people make is in thinking that training is the most important (or only) part of the fitness equation. But what you put in your body is just as important as how hard you flog yourself when you’re out pounding the streets – or in my case ... 

How to build endurance in rehab

By Jenny Hadfield on in Health
Make that recovery count. Increase stamina without aggravating a weak spot or injury on the mend.

Recovering from injury but loathe to give up on your training? Here are four strategies you can employ to continue to build endurance while in rehab. Combo endurance workoutsRun the distance you can complete safely and without pain (ie. 10 miles), and then cycle or elliptical for the time it would take ... 

Nutrition blog: What to eat before a 10K

By Emma Barraclough, Sports Nutritionist on in Health
SIS's expert breaks down how to ensure you are correctly fuelled and hydrated for a 10K race and training run.

Running a 10K is often a new runners’ first try at putting a number on and pitting yourself against others on a Sunday morning. But whether it’s your first time around the local village 10k or a push for a PB around a big event like the 20,000 who took ... 

Swimming for runners #1

By Annie Rice on in Health
Swimming is perfect for injured runners or runners who want to inject some fitness boosting strengthening cross training into their routine. Here's how injury forced Annie to embrace the water once and for all.

Since an unfortunate ending to a marathon that wound up in a stress fracture to my femur in March I have been on a quest to learn to swim something other than what I’d describe as ‘chatty breast stroke’. So I hopped and hobbled to the pool and began a ... 

Perfect your post run nutrition

By Susan Paul on in Health
Several tips to replenish energy the right way following a long run.

It is very easy to eat all day after a long run and feel totally justified about it. I think all marathoners have done that at one time or another! Unfortunately, it is way too easy to out eat our running, even when you’re training for a marathon. But there ... 

Cool Running: surviving heat, hills and high altitude

By Kieran Alger on in Health
How to prepare for the hottest, hilliest, highest races on earth

Heat, humidity, hills and high altitude, these are the things normal marathon runners fear most. When choosing a race, it is standard practice to check the course profile, the weather and the altimeter and reject all but the flattest of smooth, sea-level tarmac runs. Regardless of experience or training, conquering the ... 

Make me a better runner: boxing (part 6)

By Kerry McCarthy, RW Commissioning Editor on in Health
The sixth blog in our new series, in which we guinea pig ourselves trying training programmes and workouts from different sports to see which ones can help your running. This week we explain how Kerry developed greater mental strength through boxing, and how it can translate to results on the run.

THE POWER OF THE MIND Growing up in Manchester, I got in a few scrapes as a teenager and have been smacked in the face a few times (in fact some days I’m sure my colleagues at RW Towers would like to add a few more to that record), but that ... 

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