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How to train for back-to-back marathons

By Susan Paul on in Training
Use the first marathon as a training run for the second one.

Elsie asks: I'm training for my first marathon, which is at the end of November. My plan is to do this marathon, and then six weeks later, I want to run another one with some friends. Is this crazy? Is it possible to run two marathons so close together? Yes, it’s ... 

Keep training on track during summer holiday season

By Team RW on in Training
Off on holiday? Here's how to keep your race training and nutrition in check.

Summer's here and it's brought holidays, ice cream and plenty of booze. Lovely, but not ideal if you're in the midst of a training plan - especially those of you lining up an autumn marathon. Luckily you can indulge, soak up the sun and still stay on track with these ... 

Run by effort instead of pace

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Here's why you should consider relying less on your GPS device and how to train and race by feel.

One of the most effective coaching tools I’ve used is teaching athletes how to tune into their bodies and run by effort instead of pace. I began emphasising this more when GPS gadgets became mainstream and runners were looking to the devices rather than their bodies for feedback. By focusing ... 

Turn the heat up

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Prepping for a hot race day can help you run better in any weather.

You made it through a winter of hard training to prepare for a spring or summer race. The risk? Temperatures soaring on race day. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare for heat, even on short notice. The goal is to increase your volume of plasma, the liquid component of blood, ... 

Running as pain relief

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Vigorous exercise harnesses the body's own pain control mechanisms.

As much as running sometimes hurts, it can also relieve pain — so much so that exercise is sometimes suggested as a pain-management approach for chronic pain patients. But it's not clear exactly how exercise reduces pain, or what types of exercise are best. Here are a couple of interesting ... 

What's the difference between pushing hard and overtraining?

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Your body will tell you if you're overdoing it — you just have to listen.

I’m coming back from two injuries and a serious bout of overtraining last season. How do I know when I’ve crossed the line from pushing hard to overdoing it? — Jeffrey First, you need to learn the difference between pushing hard and pushing too much, and then you should track your performance ... 

Up your stride rate

By Phil Latter, Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Increasing your steps per minute can make you a more efficient runner – but there’s no magic number.

Cyclists have monitored their RPMs for decades, but the idea of paying attention to your running cadence only took hold over the last few years. Barefoot running and minimalism emphasise a quicker, ‘more natural’ cadence, which is backed up by coach and author Jack Daniels’ observation that elite distance runners ... 

Achy quads after racing: Normal or not?

By Jo Pavey on in Training
Is it normal to have aching quads after a race? We put it to Olympian runner Jo Pavey.

After racing, I often have aching quads for two or three days. Is this normal, a sign of poor technique or simply weak quads? Alistair Shand, via email When you race, you push yourself harder than you do in training, so it’s common to suffer from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in ... 

Benefits of polarised training

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Run very hard or very easy to reap the most benefits.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse physiologist Carl Foster once monitored the school's track team for five weeks. Each day he asked the coaches how hard that day's run was meant to be; then, after the session, he asked the athletes how hard they had actually run. They were consistently pushing harder ... 

Add sand training to your running routine

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Does your summer running routine need a kick start? Add sand training to your hill workout sessions and reap the rewards.

Percy Cerutty, coach of Australia's 1960 Olympic 1500-metre winner Herb Elliott, favoured sand dune workouts for their ability to build speed, strength and endurance. At Cerutty's seaside base, Elliott would sprint up a dune as many as 50 times in a row. The result: he retired never having lost a ... 

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