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Should I do my long run or race during training?

By Susan Paul on in Training
Find the right balance while working toward your goals.

I need to run my first 16 miler for my marathon training on the same day as a very popular 10K in my area. I really enjoy this race and have run it several years in a row. Can I do both or should I focus on one thing?  Yes, you ... 

Do you keep a log of all your training runs?

By on in Training
Jo Pavey talks through the benefit of running diaries.

Do you keep a log of all your training runs? I’ve always found it really important to keep a training log – I believe it’s a crucial tool for improving your running. You can use a log to look back at the build-up to races that went particularly well and to ... 

How unstructured runs can make you faster

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Think you’re done? Wrong.

Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon champion, RW contributor and all-around running sage, once revealed the “absolute, no-doubt-in-the-world best running workout you can do.” Run 5 x 1 mile as hard as you can with 400-meter recovery jogs - and then, when you’ve finished, have your coach tell you ...  Continue reading

How to correct overstriding

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Short, quick steps are the most efficient way to run. Here's how to train your body to take them.

Jaclyn asks: A friend told me my running stride is on the slow side. I tested it by counting my stride for a minute and ended up with 164. What does this mean? Do I need to increase it, and if so, how? In simple terms, your running cadence is the ... 

5 reasons you can't run faster

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Every runner knows what it feels like to reach his or her limits. But what really defines those limits? We decode the mysteries behind why our legs turn to lead and our will seems to vanish.

You don’t hit your limit just because lactic acid is scorching your muscles. The many sensations you feel while running each correspond to a different mini-crisis in your body, and they combine to determine whether you can hold your pace. Last year, exercise scientists gathered in San Diego, US, to ... 

How can I run well on windy days?

By on in Training
We talk to Jo Pavey about how to tackle heavy winds in training.

How can I run well on windy days? Running in a group can help if you all take a turn at the front when running into the wind and the others draft behind. Or if you’re doing a solo out-and-back run along a relatively straight route, change direction more frequently. So ... 

Set smart goals to keep your training in check

By Susan Paul on in Training
Can’t get out the door? Take a look at your routine and start again.

Dawn asks: I’m having a very hard time sticking with my training. I really want to run regularly, but I’m having difficulty following through. After two or three weeks I fall off the wagon, give it up for several weeks, and then start all over again. How can I stick ... 

4 races that demand more from your core

By Runner’s World x Slendertone on in Training
Train your midriff muscles to conquer some of the world’s greatest races.

Although the distances vary, the landscapes are vast and the challenges unique, the one thing that unites these four RW race picks is the demand for unstoppable core strength. Crucial for torso stability, stride efficiency and acceleration, your abs should never be overlooked when training for a race. “Having a ... 

5 reasons 5K races benefit training for longer distance

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Never underestimate the importance of short but sweet races.

The 5K race is sometimes snubbed in the long-distance running world, but it packs a powerful punch and can definitely help you improve your performance in the half marathon (or any race). It’s all about how you use it within your season. 1/ Practice makes progress The distance is shorter, and therefore, ... 

4 moves to release back tension

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Ease out your mid-back with these simple exercises.

Stiff back? Physio and Pilates specialist Ailish Toomey, thinks it can affect your stride. ‘If your thoracic spine is stiff, the trunk rotation that’s part of the running action has to come from somewhere else; it tends to be your lower back or neck,’ she says. ‘These areas then get ... 

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