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4 training tips to make running easier

By Kelly Bastone on in Training
If you train yourself to run with less effort, you’ll go far - and fast.

If you want to run further and faster with less exertion, you must perform like a hybrid car, not a gas-guzzler. Like cars, runners exhibit a range of fuel economies, only they draw on oxygen rather than petrol. ‘We’re not technically burning oxygen, but we need it as part of ... 

Does rotating two pairs of running shoes extend their longevity?

By on in Training
Useful tip or manufacturer's myth? Jo Pavey clears it up.

Using more than one pair of shoes can extend their life and also help prevent injury. If they are different models or types of shoes, the forces on your body are subtly different, which reduces the risk of overuse problems that can come from wearing the same shoes on every ... 

I’m running two half marathons a week apart. What can I do between them?

By on in Training
Doubling up on races is no mean feat. Jo Pavey advises on how to tackle it.

After the first race, rehydrate with an electrolyte sports drink, then go for a slow, 15-minute warm-down jog. After that, have a protein-rich recovery drink and be sure to eat a meal in the first 90 minutes. Later it’s ideal if you can get a very light massage, and an ... 

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 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 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 ... 

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