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How to run at your best when you're 45-54

By Richard A. Lovett on in Training
Get ready to take on your new age group in the PB stakes.

While the increase in your recovery time and the decline in top performances can’t be ignored, this age can be one of the most rewarding of a runner’s life. Each age group is a chance to be the young runner again, providing anticipation as the turn-year approaches and offering the ... 

Live like an Olympian: DNA analysis

By Sam Murphy on in Training
How much does your DNA affect your running? We took a test to find out.

What it measures: Your genetic profile Why have it? They say if you want to be an athlete, choose your parents carefully. While it’s a bit late for that, you can now see what genetic cards you’ve been dealt through fitness-specific DNA testing. ‘Genetics determine between 20 and 70 per cent ... 

6 ways to take your running to the next level

By Philip Latter on in Training
If you're not getting where you want to be, give these tips a go.

With 2km of a 10K to go Kaitlin Goodman felt strong. Fluid. She picked up speed and flew the last mile to cross the line with a 52-second PB. So how had she managed to do so well? To make such a breakthrough you need to ask: What elements are missing ... 

6 simple exercises to keep you running strong

By Gareth Cole, Andy Dixon on in Training
Maintain and improve your strength by fitting these moves into your routine.

1/ Eccentric calf raises Target the calf muscles. With your feet together and legs straight, push your heels off the floor to the highest point of your tiptoes, then take one leg off the floor and lower down to the floor slowly (five secs). 2 x 20 reps. 2/ Single-leg knee flexion This ... 

How to run at your best when you're 35-44

By Richard A. Lovett on in Training
You've not reached your peak just yet.

It’s tempting to deny that age has any effect at the lower end of the masters range. After all, Jo Pavey won the European 10,000m title at the age of 40, while US marathoner Meb Keflezighi’s PB win at Boston came only weeks before his 39th birthday. Similarly, the two ... 

6 ways to stop your mental energy being drained

By AC Shilton on in Training
Is your brain tiring you out? Daily decisions and distractions can sap your resolve to run. Here’s how to preserve your precious mental energy.

After dealing with your unrelenting workload, demanding boss, erratic computer, incessant emails, texts and the other stresses of your day, you may feel too tired to run by the time 5:30pm rolls around. Feeling fatigued may seem odd if you’ve been parked in a chair for eight hours. But while you ... 

6 warm-up exercises to prep you for running

By Gareth Cole, Andy Dixon on in Training
Raise your heart rate and mobilise joints with these simple moves.

1/ Gluteus medius Sitting on a roller (with it placed just below your coccyx), cross one ankle above the knee of the other leg and roll the glute of the bent-leg side. Do 20 rolls. 2/ Calves Sitting on floor with your legs straight, place the roller under your lower legs, just above ... 

Live like an Olympian: Heart-rate variability

By Sam Murphy on in Training
Your heart-rate says a lot about how ready you are to train.

Heart-rate variability What it measures: Readiness to train; signs of overtraining Why have it? Heart-rate variability (HRV) – the variation in the time interval between heartbeats – is increasingly being monitored in elite runners. ‘While genetic factors explain about 30 per cent of HRV, high variability has been shown to be associated ... 

How to run downhill

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
It’s hard on your legs, but there are strategies that help.

You’d think it would be easier to run down a mountain than to run up it. And sure, if you’re talking about gasping for air and feeling your heart pounding, that’s true. But as far as your legs are concerned, running downhill for a long period of time is one of ... 

5 training mistakes every runner makes

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
Avoid these behaviours to run your best.

I’ve been coaching runners one-on-one, in groups and online for more than 23 years. I have guided thousands of new and seasoned runners through their training for 5Ks, ultramarathons, and everything in between. And I’ve seen these five issues come up over and over again, like a scene out of the ... 

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