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How to beat mid-race boredom

By Dr Jeff Brown and Liz Neporent on in Training
Boredom can strike at any time, no matter how electric the atmosphere. Bring your run to life with these tips from sports psychologist Dr Jeff Brown.

You might think that as long as you’re in the middle of a race with cheering crowds and booming music, your mind will never go numb. But while racing can be exciting and inspiring, it may also sometimes feel dull and repetitive – especially in a long-distance event with more ... 

Can sprint training take the place of longer, more moderate exercise?

By Amby Burfoot on in Training
A headline-making study found sprinters reaped similar health benefits in much less time, but the results don’t render longer, slower runs obsolete.

If you were reading a health or medical journal, you might suspect the acronym SIT had something to do with obesity and sedentary lifestyles. It doesn’t, at least not directly. SIT stands for “Sprint Interval Training,” and it’s become a hot topic in discussions of efficient exercise and healthier lifestyles. Interest ... 

One key move: Hip flexor release

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Open up those pesky hip flexors with this essential stretch.

Sit down a lot? ‘The chances are that your iliacus, a hip flexor, has shortened to accommodate a seated position,’ says Katy Bowman, author of Move Your DNA. This limits your leg’s ability to swing behind the pelvis, which could hamper your stride. ‘This passive hip extension will signal ‘lengthen!’ ... 

How to overcome your fear of hills

By Dr Jeff Brown and Liz Neporent on in Training
Inclines don't have to be your downfall.

To many runners, hills are the enemy. They are an obstacle standing in the way of fast times; a burden to be endured; a soul-sapping exercise in pain. I’m the psychologist for the Boston Marathon, home to Heartbreak Hill, one of the most feared stretches of incline in the world. ... 

Run a marathon under your own steam this May with MyMarathon

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Training
The British Heart Foundation have challenged the nation to run a marathon in May to combat heart disease.

Keen to run a marathon but prefer dancing to the beat of your own drum? If you’ve always fancied nailing the 26.2-mile distance but find the idea of race day a bit daunting, now you can run a marathon under your own steam. To encourage us Brits to embrace running and ... 

How to handle pre-race jitters

By Dr Jeff Brown and Liz Neporent on in Training
If nerves get the better of you on the start line, shake yourself free with a hand from sports psychologist Dr Jeff Brown.

You selected an event, circled it on the calendar and trained your heart out. Then you get to the start line and you’re so nervous you think you might pass out. You know it’s just a local 10K, but emotionally it feels like an Olympic final. What’s going on? Your sympathetic nervous ... 

Run your first (or fastest) 5K

By Sam Murphy on in Training
A 5K is a perfect goal for new runners and it’s a great way to test yourself if you’ve done a few races already.

When you took your first running steps, crossing a finish line may have been the furthest thing from your mind; but now you’re running on a regular basis, you might be wondering whether you’re ready for your first race. ‘A 5K is the perfect target for budding runners to set their ... 

Sports drinks vs. energy gels

By Georgia Scarr on in Training
Research has pitted drinks against gels in long-distance athletics. Find out which fared best.

Getting those precious carbs on long-distance runs can be a Russian roulette of flavours, textures and tummy troubles. Luckily, researchers at Ulm University in Germany have taken the hit on comparing the impact of carbohydrate drinks and gels in athletes, and come up with some interesting results. The study saw experienced ... 

6 exercises to improve your running form

By Sage Rountree on in Training
Fit these moves in before and after a run to improve posture and prevent injury.

Good running form happens on the roads, of course. But there are simple exercises you can do before and after you run to improve body awareness, strength and flexibility that will carry over to a smooth and efficient running stride. Target your glutes, hips and arms with these pre- and ... 

Your 3-week guide to post-race recovery

By Bradley Stulberg on in Training
Your race recovery starts as soon as you cross the finish line.

For many runners with big spring races on their calendars, the past few months have been governed by detailed training plans dictating when to run, when to rest, how to stretch and what to eat. The minutes, hours and days after the event are a lot less defined. Yet this ... 

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