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How to improve your half-marathon training

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Looking to smash a new half-marathon PB? Let these expert tips guide you to your fastest ever finish.

So you already have a half marathon or two under your race belt and you’re thinking about getting your time down rather than simply finishing. How? ‘Your aerobic system provides over 99 per cent of the energy for a half marathon, so developing that system is your highest priority,’ says ... 

Beginner guide to half-marathon training

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Run your way to 13.1-mile glory with these training tips.

A half marathon is a big step up if you’re new to the distance. It’ll require a higher weekly mileage, longer ‘long’ runs and a greater variety of sessions to develop the speed and endurance you’ll need. But, says coach Martin Yelling, ‘If you can run a 10K, you can ... 

4 warm-up drills to do before speedwork

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Speed sessions are tough on your legs. Get the prepped and ready to go with a short jog and these simple drills.

1/ Slow skipping Skip slowly forward, keeping strides short and focusing on driving off each leg at the back of the skip to propel you up and forward. 2/ High knees Run forward using small quick strides, bringing each knee to hip height but keeping the foot behind the knee. Land lightly, do ... 

How to get a runner's high

By K. Aleisha Fetters on in Training
Science reveals how you can produce more feel-good chemicals while running

Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. But we always want it – and more of it. It’s the runner’s high, and when we’re lucky enough to tap into it, our runs feel easy and even euphoric. But we aren’t always that lucky. Recently, researchers studied how the brain responds ... 

21 quick trail running tips

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
New to running trails? Here's what to know before heading off the beaten path.

1/ No single trail is the same One of the many things I love about trail running is that every trail has its own unique terrain and challenge. There are groomed trails that are wide, limestone-based and often even in surface, which make for a great introduction to running off the ... 

What I wish I'd known when I started running...

By on in Training
Olympians, running coaches and Team Runner's World share the advice they wish they'd had in hindsight.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It’s just a shame you have to wait for it. But what if you didn’t? Now, that’s such a wonderful prospect that we decided to call on a cast of experienced runners of all ages and abilities to give you the benefit of their hindsight, ... 

3 ways doing races can make you a better all-round runner

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
How frequent racing has many benefits on top of the medal bling.

These days, many top athletes race sparingly, waiting until their fitness is perfect before toeing the line. But it wasn’t always that way. In the months leading up to his time of 2:09:55 at the 1975 Boston Marathon, for example, Bill Rodgers raced everything from two miles on the indoor ... 

How muscle memory can help you back to running after injury

By on in Training
Returning to running after a layoff? It’s easier than you may think to start again.

Many runners have been there – lacing up for the first time after a break from training and praying there is such a thing as muscle memory. For example, 48-year-old Jeff Alexander ran his first marathon in 1996, finishing in 3:03. He ran his second the following year in 3:07, ... 

What hot temperatures can do to your running and how to cope

By Richard Lovett on in Training
Running doesn’t have to become a suffer-fest as the mercury rises. Here’s how to prepare for runs in the sun.

However many bad-conditions-will-make-you-stronger quotes we collect, there’s still one aspect of weather that most of us runners do our best to dodge: heat. Encouraged by the health warnings every time the mercury climbs, many of us do everything we can to avoid it: running at dawn or in the late ... 

How to beat Mo Farah

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Strategic moves are key when you’re racing for first place.

Mo Farah may not have the fastest PB among the competitors in this summer’s Olympics, but he's won seven straight global championships over 5,000 and 10,000 metres, dating back to 2011. He has mastered the art of racing for place, not time. If you have an upcoming race and your top priority is ... 

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