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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 ... 

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 ... 

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 ... 

5 tips for pre-race stress relief

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Health
In the build-up to race day, you may be struggling with anxiety and riddled with nerves. Try our pre-race stress relievers and rock up to the start line feeling refreshed and ready to run.

In an ideal world running is an escape from the stresses of everyday life. But in reality, if you’re gearing up for a big event as race day draws near running can start to feel more like a chore than a stress reliever. So how do you keep pre-race anxiety ... 

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