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How to become a morning runner

By Cindy Kuzma on in Training
Make morning jaunts a habit.

You meant to log five miles today, but with family, work and social obligations, it just didn’t happen. Or perhaps you find evening runs disrupt your digestion or your sleep. The solution: put running first on your agenda. ‘People who start to run early in the morning get hooked on ... 

How to train for a flat race course

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
If you’re accustomed to ups and downs, you need to prepare your muscles for the repetitive stress of pancake-like terrain.

I live in a very hilly area, but I’ll be racing on a very flat course this fall when I run the Chicago Marathon. Should I train any differently to prepare? Running hills is a definite asset in developing strength and fitness. However, it is wise to modify your training plan to ... 

How to make strength and cross-training work for you

By Cindy Kuzma on in Training
You know it's good for your running, it's just finding a way that fits with your routine.

Ramp up your strength work Building muscle improves your health, reduces injury risk and, according to a review in the journal Sports Medicine, improves your running performance. In 26 studies of endurance athletes, strength-training programmes (either plyometrics or heavy weights) boosted fitness, increased efficiency and reduced runners’ times in 3K and ... 

7 things to remember when taking up swimming as a runner

By Georgia Scarr on in Training
Whether you want to take on a triathlon or just up your cross-training game, bear these tips in mind when you return to swimming.

You may have smashed out lengths at swimming galas as a youngster and enjoy a leisurely dip on holiday, but when it comes to the thought of tackling anything more that whole swimming lark seems a lot more intimidating. However, don’t let your reservations hold you back – we got ... 

5 speedy ways runners can make the most of 20 minutes

By Runner's World editors on in Training
Strapped for time? Squeeze the most out of a quick break with these speedy ideas.

There are days when life doesn’t go according to plan. Instead of letting those days derail your running, claim a small chunk of time for yourself by trying one of these 20-minute sanity savers. 1/ Break up your run Overloaded with chores? Go for a 20-minute run, spend 30 to 90 minutes ... 

What happened when we used CrossFit for marathon training

By on in Training
‘Run faster by running less’ may sound an odd notion, but what if you could smash your marathon PB by chopping your mileage? RW’s injury-prone marathon veteran Kerry McCarthy gave it a go.

See if this story sounds familiar: you sign up for a marathon and you tell yourself that this is going to be the year you nail that PB. You find the right training programme, refresh the kit drawer, alert the world on social media and start pounding the miles. The ... 

Ultimate guide to ultra-marathon training

By on in Training
Preparing for an ultra needn’t take over your life – here are the rules of smart long-distance training.

Not long ago, a runner planning to race 50 miles in one go would have been branded a maniac. But today more and more runners are making the leap to ultra running. Having run all kinds of event, including ultras, I can see why. The wild courses can make road ... 

Olympian Liz Yelling answers your running questions

By on in Training
You asked, world-class marathoner Liz answered.

With two Olympic performances and a Commonwealth Games bronze medal under her belt, long-distance runner and coach Liz Yelling is more than well-placed to answer your burning running questions. Read on to get her advice on everything from hydration to the elusive negative split marathon. I'm a 20 stone single mum ... 

5 dynamic stretches for your running warm-up

By Cindy Kuzma on in Training
This punchy warm-up will help you run your best and stay on the road for longer.

If your pre-run warm-up usually consists of jogging – or worse, nothing – here’s a very good reason to step it up: a recent study revealed that a dynamic warm-up routine can help you perform better. Researchers compared how well study participants ran after moving versus sitting. When runners did ... 

Is it better to state your goals or keep quiet?

By Ted Spiker on in Training
There are positives and negatives to both options.

I used to think that the secret to progress involved minds and mouths as much as legs and lungs. That is, if you simply articulated your goal to someone other than yourself, then the public proclamation would help propel you forward. Ego, accountability and pride could be just as important ... 

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