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What makes an ultra-runner?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
To run further than 26.2, runners sacrifice efficiency to avoid muscle damage.

We all have an idea what the “ideal” marathoner looks like - we’ve seen enough pictures of the lead pack at big races to have an image of the diminutive, smooth-striding, pipe-cleaner-legged bodies that tend to finish at the front. But is the same true for ultramarathons, which cover much ... 

Less mental stress could equal a better race time

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
To race your fastest, your brain needs a taper, too.

In the late 1880s, an Italian physiologist named Angelo Mosso made a curious observation: he tested the muscular endurance of two fellow professors before and after they administered oral exams and found that after their mental efforts their muscles tired more quickly. It was the first demonstration that mental fatigue ... 

Self-talk boosts ultra performance

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Study shows that what you tell yourself affects your ultra marathon race performance.

Two years ago, I wrote about some research showing that simple lessons in motivational self-talk enabled subjects to pedal 18 per cent longer in a time-to-exhaustion cycling test. It was a neat laboratory demonstration of the effectiveness of a standard sports psychology tool - and what was most surprising to me was ... 

Aggressive fuelling plan means faster marathon times

By Meghan Kita on in Training
In study, three gels per hour led to 4.7 per cent performance boost.

Just about everyone who's run a marathon knows how important it is to get the fuelling right. Eat or drink too little, too much, or something that just doesn't sit well, and you're in for a world of hurt. A new study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise put one ...  ... 

Should I do a cool-down after a run?

By Jo Pavey on in Training
GB 10,000m champion Jo Pavey has the answer.

Should I do a cool-down after a run? Cooling down after a hard session or race helps with the recovery process, as it allows your body to return to its resting state in a more gradual way than stopping abruptly. Keeping the blood circulating with lower intensity movement helps clear the ... 

Hill running poses no extra risk to Achilles

By Kit Fox on in Training
Research in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine offers reassurances about training on inclines.

You’re running out of excuses to avoid tough hills. Uphill and downhill running doesn't seem to harm your Achilles tendon as much as previously thought, reports a study in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. Your Achilles stretches and thins during any type of exercise, but it was previously assumed that the ...  ... 

How slow should my long runs be?

By Susan Paul on in Training
There are a number of reasons you should dial back the pace for those longer outings.

Becky asks: I'm training for my first marathon and preparing to do my first 20 mile run in a couple of weeks. My training schedule for this run says “long, slow run pace.” My question is why is this run slower than others, and just how much slower do I ... 

5 quick stretches for when you're pushed for time

By Susan Paul on in Training
Don't think you have time after a run? These moves are fast, easy and get the job done.

Keith asks: My legs are so tight! I know I need to stretch more, but I run out of time after my runs. Can you suggest a few basic stretches? Maybe if I can make stretching more time efficient, I will do it.A post-run routine of stretching is ideal, but when trying to ...  ... 

Make me a better runner: Pilates (Part 2)

By Georgia Scarr on in Training
We explore how Pilates can be used for prehab.

Read Part 1 here. Say ‘Pilates matwork’ to me a few weeks ago and I’d imagine a low intensity gym class that I’d chosen because I didn’t fancy dragging my weary body through something harder, half-heartedly flailing my limbs while wishing I was asleep. Instead, I would choose to dream of ... 

Losing form on long runs

By Jo Pavey on in Training
Long runs are tough physically and mentally, so it's easy for form to slip by the end. Olympian Jo Pavey offers her advice.

I’m so tired at the end of long runs that I end up shuffling. What can I do? Running shorter distances may be a good idea if you’re struggling. It’s possible you’re trying to tackle a distance that you’re not yet conditioned to deal with. Gradually build the distance back up ... 

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