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Mojo rising: How to cope with loss of motivation and overtraining

By Rhalou Allerhand on in Training
Lost your running mojo? Fear not: it’s okay to take a break from running when your body tells you it needs to stop.

After a successful marathon season, many of you will be full of energy and looking forward to your next race. But while the majority will be on good form, a few of you may be less than enthralled about your running. Perhaps you feel tired and unmotivated, or maybe you’ve ... 

How often should I strength train?

By Susan Paul on in Training
Just like when you add more miles, the key is to build gradually.

Jason asks: I'm trying to work strength training into my running routine, something I've never done before. I found a brief workout with dumbbells that includes deadlifts, squats, lunges and squat thrusts. I did it for the first time last week and my legs were so sore that I couldn't run for ... 

What is recovery and why do I need it?

By Ian Williams on in Training
Rest and recovery are just as important as training, so make sure you include them in your running schedule.

Isn’t recovery just lying around doing nothing? Training plans mainly focus on the importance of long runs, intervals, hill training and other key sessions, but the gaps in between the workouts for rest and recovery are the yang to the yin, the good cop to the tough workout’s bad cop. Without ... 

3 mind games to get you through tough runs

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Long runs and races challenge both your physical and mental strength. These strategies can help your brain stay in the game.

I’m training for my first half marathon. I’m doing well with the physical training, but I’m really struggling with the mental side of things, from handling the distance of the long runs to finishing without whining about pretty much everything. Do you have any mental tricks to get me through? ... 

How to add race simulation long runs to your marathon training

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
These taxing workouts are best reserved for experienced marathoners looking to improve their finishing times.

I’m training for my first marathon and have heard that adding race simulation long runs to my plan will help. What is the difference between a long, slow run and a race simulation run? Should both be part of my training? - Jake Welcome to the wonderful world of marathoning, Jake. This ... 

How to taper with two races on the schedule

By Susan Paul on in Training
The right plan that gets you from one race to the next.

Joe asks: I'm training for a marathon in October, but I am also running a half marathon in August. I was wondering how to taper for the half in the midst of my marathon training. The half marathon is a training race, not a goal race, but I still want to ... 

Which weights activate more muscle when you lift to failure?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
What's better for muscle growth, heavy weights versus light weights? Alex Hutchinson investigates.

A few months ago, I wrote about the growing body of research suggesting that it doesn’t really matter how much weight you lift, as long as you lift to failure. A series of studies, mostly by McMaster University researcher Stuart Phillips’ group, has compared the effects of doing three sets ...  ... 

How to create the perfect fuelling plan

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Once you know the basic principles of mid-run nutrition, experiment to find what works for you.

I’m new to running and I’m confused about all the nutrition products that are available. I have been racing 5Ks and 10Ks and am working toward a half-marathon. Help! What is the best way to fuel? - Bethany Bethany, you’re not alone. The number of fuelling options has skyrocketed. Years ago, ... 

Workouts to help you avoid going out too fast in races

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Work these three options into your training to learn how to pace yourself.

Do you have a workout that will help me pace myself on race day? I have one gear: too fast. I always end up finishing but having to slow down at the end. — Stacy You might find it comforting to know that pacing is one of the most challenging aspects of ... 

Increase your mileage the smart way

By Susan Paul on in Training
Follow these steps to avoid injury as you start adding in longer runs.

Alex asks: I'd like to increase my weekly mileage, but I'm concerned about getting hurt. Unfortunately, I have had several running related injuries already. Right now I'm running between 12 to 15 miles a week but would like to build up to at least 20 miles a week, maybe more. ... 

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