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Why do my legs get tired before I'm out of breath?

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
We suggest some training strategies to put more pep in your step.

Why do my legs get tired before I'm out of breath? Your legs may not be keeping up with your cardio for a variety of reasons. Here are a few, and some options for tweaking your regimen to move faster. Run less often and with higher quality When I started running in my ... 

How elite athletes improve their mental strength

By on in Training
Top runners share the psychological strategies they use to get the most from themselves in every race.

1/ Learn from disappointment Amby Burfoot: Winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon, RW US editor at large ‘One of those things that running teaches you is that there is disappointment. Once you get to a certain level of high achievement, you are much more likely to lose a race than win it. ... 

One key move: Eccentric lowering

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Help problem hamstrings with this resistance band move.

This eccentric (lengthening under resistance) exercise is great for strengthening the hamstrings after a muscle tear or tendon problem. It’s also good for prehab. 1/ Lie on your back with a resistance band secured to a support behind you. Put the ankle of your ‘bad’ leg in the loop of the ... 

Win New Balance trainers and t-shirts!

By Runner's World x New Balance on in Training
Share your everyday running achievements using the hashtags #RWxNB and #Iamthecompetition and you could win New Balance gear

We've teamed up with New Balance to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to celebrate their achievements. Whether you've just smashed your 10k PB, completed your first ever triathlon or simply managed to squeeze a 20-minute circuit into your lunch break, post your messages on Twitter or Instagram using ... 

One key move: Rhythm bounces

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Put a spring in your step with this simple move.

This drill helps reduce ground contact time and develop elastic recoil. Jump on the spot, travelling less than an inch off the ground and jumping as fast as possible, as if there were hot coals on the ground. Use maximal ankle range, keeping the knees and hips ‘stiff’. Do three ... 

How to ride out your post-race comedown

By Dr Jeff Brown and Liz Neporent on in Training
Feeling deflated now your big event is over? Pick yourself up with this advice.

Once the journey is over and you’ve told your tales of victory and defeat over a few well-deserved post-race drinks, you may be left feeling a little lost. After training, thinking and planning for so long, what do you have left to look forward to? What’s going on? Hitting your goal is ... 

How to avoid the wall (and cope if you hit it)

By Dr Jeff Brown and Liz Neporent on in Training
Get your coping mechanism in gear and you can scale the wall with confidence.

The Americans call it ‘bonking’, and by any name it’s a pretty awful experience. When you hit the wall, it feels like you have run face-first into a stack of bricks. Your legs start feeling like concrete posts, every step is a triumph of will and you seriously doubt that ... 

How to beat mid-race boredom

By Dr Jeff Brown and Liz Neporent on in Training
Boredom can strike at any time, no matter how electric the atmosphere. Bring your run to life with these tips from sports psychologist Dr Jeff Brown.

You might think that as long as you’re in the middle of a race with cheering crowds and booming music, your mind will never go numb. But while racing can be exciting and inspiring, it may also sometimes feel dull and repetitive – especially in a long-distance event with more ... 

Can sprint training take the place of longer, more moderate exercise?

By Amby Burfoot on in Training
A headline-making study found sprinters reaped similar health benefits in much less time, but the results don’t render longer, slower runs obsolete.

If you were reading a health or medical journal, you might suspect the acronym SIT had something to do with obesity and sedentary lifestyles. It doesn’t, at least not directly. SIT stands for “Sprint Interval Training,” and it’s become a hot topic in discussions of efficient exercise and healthier lifestyles. Interest ... 

One key move: Hip flexor release

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Open up those pesky hip flexors with this essential stretch.

Sit down a lot? ‘The chances are that your iliacus, a hip flexor, has shortened to accommodate a seated position,’ says Katy Bowman, author of Move Your DNA. This limits your leg’s ability to swing behind the pelvis, which could hamper your stride. ‘This passive hip extension will signal ‘lengthen!’ ... 

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