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How to bounce back from a bad race

By Bob Cooper on in Training
Upsetting performance? Here's how to get over it and move on to better times.

If ‘highway to hell’ is an apt description of your last race, consider the thoughts of the poet John Keats, who called failure the ‘highway to success’. It may seem contradictory to celebrate a flop, but experts agree that losses can fuel future wins. ‘A bad race is an opportunity ... 

How to restart race training after a break

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
If you miss a week or more of runs, it's important to ease back into training rather than simply picking up where you left off.

When you fall behind in training, you risk compounding the damage of missed runs with the risk of doing too much, too soon when you start back up. Here are three steps to coming back safely when you’ve fallen behind. Adjust your mindset Once you miss a week or more of training, ... 

Pre-marathon paranoia and how to solve it

By Rachael Woolston on in Training
Maranoia (n): Mental anxiety found in marathon runners, characterised by the irrational belief that last-minute disaster is imminent.

Is that sniffle the first stage of pneumonia? Is that slight knee niggle a ruptured tendon that’ll keep you out of Sunday’s race? Sounds like an attack of acute maranoia, but RW has the prescription to get you to race day feeling positive, ready and raring to go. THE MARANOIA: ‘I’M CROCKED!’ The average runner clocks ... 

4 yoga moves for a stronger core

By Sage Rountree on in Training
It's easy to skip core work after a run. Add these few moves to your post-run routine to help improve your strength and avoid injury.

You know you’re supposed to work your core. Strong abdominal, back, hip and glute muscles generate power and guard against injuries. But it can be easy to skip planks after a run. The solution? Tack your core work onto the end of your run, before you’re distracted by recovery food. ... 

How to add speed workouts to marathon training

By on in Training
Start by building your milage before you try pushing your pace.

I am training for my first marathon. My question is how, when, or even if, to include speed workouts in my training plan. I am accustomed to running 5Ks and 10Ks, but have not run longer than 10 miles at this point. Should I focus more on building my mileage ... 

4 alternatives to road running

By Cindy Kuzma on in Training
Run on trails, grass, sand or even in water to reduce your injury risk and boost your performance.

Most runners log their miles on the streets, but roads shouldn’t be your only training ground. ‘Running on different surfaces changes the scenery, workout and effort, giving road runners a break,’ says running coach Jennifer Novak. Running once or twice a week on grass, sand, trails or even in the ... 

9 ways to keep running as you age

By Jo Pavey on in Training
Hard, sensible training and loving sport have given 41-year-old Jo Pavey a long, successful career. Check out her tips to stay on form.

1. Mix up your training If you avoid aspects of training because you think you’re too old, you’ll run old. If you stop doing speed work you’ll get slower, and if you stop doing long runs you’ll struggle with longer distances. Also, consider track training to maintain dynamic running ability, but ... 

Take on time trials

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Test your fitness (and build some) with a time trial.

A week before his legendary race, Roger Bannister ran a three-quarter-mile time trial: "I felt that 2:59.9 for the three-quarter mile in a solo training run meant 3:59.9 in a mile race," he recalled. He ran exactly 2:59.9, giving him the confidence he needed to break four minutes. While coaches often warn ... 

Mojo rising: How to cope with loss of motivation and overtraining

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Training
Lost your running mojo? Fear not: it’s okay to take a break from running when your body tells you it needs to stop.

After a successful marathon season, many of you will be full of energy and looking forward to your next race. But while the majority will be on good form, a few of you may be less than enthralled about your running. Perhaps you feel tired and unmotivated, or maybe you’ve ... 

How often should I strength train?

By Susan Paul on in Training
Just like when you add more miles, the key is to build gradually.

Jason asks: I'm trying to work strength training into my running routine, something I've never done before. I found a brief workout with dumbbells that includes deadlifts, squats, lunges and squat thrusts. I did it for the first time last week and my legs were so sore that I couldn't run for ... 

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