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Will hill runs make me faster in flat races?

By on in Training
We ask Olympian Jo Pavey whether hill training is worth it.

Will hill runs make me faster in flat races? Absolutely. They’re a great way of developing leg strength and power in a dynamic way. Stronger legs allow more force to be generated by each stride. Speed requires good running technique and to run uphill effectively you must use your muscles in ... 

Is heavy breathing normal for runners?

By William O Roberts, MD on in Training
Until your body warms up, your breathing may feel heavy.

Does your breathing seem heavier at the start than in the middle or at the end of your run?  Fear not. The body is an integrated system that kicks into gear as you start your run and increase the oxygen demands of your muscles. The regulation system increases your heart rate ... 

7 simple ways to refresh your running routine

By Bob Cooper on in Training
You don’t have to totally overhaul your training to become a better runner. A few small adjustments can bring great rewards, making you fitter, faster and more motivated.

1. Add one mile to long or tempo runs Why? Endurance. It takes just six weeks of covering the same distance on long runs before they start to lose effectiveness, says running and triathlon coach Troy Clifton. ‘By adding a mile, you gain endurance as your lungs and muscles make new ... 

What is the minimum number of weekly runs I need in marathon training?

By on in Training
It's one of the most common pre-marathon training questions - how often do you have to run? We ask Olympian Jo Pavey.

What is the minimum number of weekly runs I can do when training for a marathon? Four runs a week could be considered, but you may not give your best performance and the sessions you do will all need to have a purpose. Try a long run, a tempo run, a ... 

4 pool workout tips for runners

By Jeff Galloway on in Training
Water efforts improve form and boost fitness.

If you find yourself in a pool or lake, don't just float there. Aqua jogging is a great low-impact workout that can boost your fitness and improve your running form. As your legs move through their natural motion, the resistance of the water forces them to find a more efficient ... 

5 cross-training activities to suit any running goal

By Ted Spiker on in Training
Get faster, leaner and more flexible by adding the right cross-training to your weekly routine.

Sometimes it’s what you do when you’re not running that gives you the edge you need. So it is with cross-training. A weekly non-running workout gives your muscles and joints a break while producing benefits that carry over to your running. ‘If you only run, you’re using the same muscles ... 

Is running with a high cadence really that important?

By on in Training
Is 180 really the magic number? We put it to 10,000m champion Jo Pavey.

A cadence (strides per minute) of about 180 is often cited as being the ideal for runners, but it varies according to pace – marathon pace is lower than 5K pace, for example. It’s thought that if cadence is too slow, you may be more likely to get injured, as ... 

VIDEO: Embrace your run face!

By on in Training
Virgin Money Giving are encouraging runners across the country to own their dodgy running expressions in their Whatever Your Run Face campaign.

We've never been ones to shy away from the realities of running - as much as we imagine that we finish races with arms spread wide and a look of jubilant determination, more often than not we look like angry velociraptors. And you know what? We're happy with that. In ... 

Does periodisation matter in training?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Putting the theory of “periodisation” to the test.

The most interesting training talk at last month’s Endurance Research Conference at the University of Kent was Stephen Seiler’s - and the good news is that it’s now freely available online. (For what it’s worth, so is my talk from the same conference, titled “It's All in Your ...  Continue reading

Marathon recovery: how long should you rest for?

By Susan Paul on in Training
Stagger your comeback so you can resume running feeling healthy and upbeat.

How long should you take off from running after a marathon? It is smart to think ahead and plan the next phase of your training. Recovery will be next in your training cycle, and it’s best to plan it before the race rather than wait and “see how you feel.” All too ... 

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