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Essential guide to running on holiday

By Ben Hobson on in Training
Before heading off, here are a few tips that have helped with holiday running...

Untitled Document Exploring some local roads in Southern Italy. Pic - Ben Hobson Going out on a limb, it’s probably fair to say that most of you reading this take your running kit on holiday. Even if it’s just to have a little trot on a treadmill at the hotel or because ... 

3 ways to fit cycling into a running plan

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Riding a bike is a great form of active recovery, but it can also help you become fitter and stronger.

Nicolas asks: I love to cycle, and I’m training for a few running races from 5K to half marathon this season. Do you have any specific cycling workouts that will complement my training? If I had my way, all runners would include cycling in their training. Not only is it fun, but it ... 

Quick guide to squatting technique

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Nail this seemingly simple move to supercharge your glutes and legs.

Poor squatting technique can flag up a higher risk of injury in runners, according to a new study. 84 runners were assessed using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), which entails seven tests, and then observed for six months. Overall FMS score was not predictive of injuries, but how the runners ... 

How to time your endurance and speed training

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Periodisation is a winning strategy, but which style is right for you?

Most training plans suggest mixing runs of various lengths and speeds, with a shift in focus - from endurance to speed, typically - as you get closer to a goal race. This approach, “periodsation,” is the subject of an ongoing study by Stephen Seiler, a researcher at the University of ... 

Running for time vs. running for distance

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Both minutes and miles have pros - and cons.

Researchers have found that our minds process distance and time differently. When the finish line of a measured effort is in sight, you get visual feedback about how much further you have to go, which spurs you to accelerate near the end. Time feedback, however, is discontinuous: you have to ... 

How to handle the middle miles of a 5K or 10K

By Carl Leivers on in Training
The beginning and end of the 5K and 10K tend to look after themselves. If you want to do well, you need to focus on the bit between the two.

The 5K and 10K races are Trojan horses. They seem safe from the outside, but they’re filled with danger – waiting to inflict pain on those who let their guard down. ‘It’s the worst feeling in all of running,’ says running coach Ben Rosario, describing the pain of oxygen debt ... 

How can I stop feeling self-conscious as a new runner?

By on in Training
Jo Pavey offers her advice to someone new to the running world.

It’s normal to feel self-conscious when you do something new; all runners were anxious beginners at some point. But the running community is diverse, with all ages, shapes and sizes, and ours is an inclusive sport. Embrace the great things about running. As well as the health and fitness gains, ... 

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 ... 

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 ... 

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 ... 

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