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3 mental tricks for handling hot long runs

By Jenny Hadfield on in Training
You may be suffering now, but when temperatures drop, you'll feel like a superhero.

Please tell me I’m going to be ready for my fall races. I’ve been training through a very hot and humid season and with every long or hard run, I feel my performance is suffering. I’m in desperate need for a pick-me-up! Much appreciated. - Nigel I feel your pain, Nigel, both in my ... 

Does learning to suffer make you a better runner?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
The ability to tolerate more pain can impact your athletic performance.

I’ve just returned from the first Endurance Research Conference, a gathering of experts interested in the science of endurance sport hosted by the University of Kent’s Endurance Research Group. The great thing about a small, focused conference like this is that everyone is interested in similar things, so you ...  Continue reading ... 

4 walking problems that are warning signs for runners

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The way you walk may reveal problems in your running gait, says musculoskeletal specialist podiatrist Nicola Blower.

When you walk… Your toes point in or out Your natural position could be more in-toed (pigeon-toed) or out-toed, than straight. This is normal, but you may compensate elsewhere to walk efficiently. Over time, in-/out-toeing can cause muscle imbalances. What to do: Don’t try to walk with your feet straight; this will ... 

Running a mile - tips from Steve Cram

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The British record holder for the mile, Steve Cram tells us why everyone should run a mile

Ahead of running a special mile event at the Anniversary Games, we caught up with British Mile record holder Steve Cram to talk about this very important distance in running.  RW: So Steve, any advice before we race?! SC: Just don’t go mad! When you’re there waiting and the gun goes off, ... 

Progress from “today” speed to target speed

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Create a plan based on how much faster you need to get and how long you have to do it.

In November 1968, Steve Prefontaine was an American high school senior with a two-mile best of 9:01, set the previous spring. His audacious goal for his senior year was 8:40, well under the national high school record of 8:48. To get him there, his coach, Walt McClure, devised a training plan based on the principles he'd ... 

8 ways to be a more positive runner

By Diane Stopyra on in Training
Approach a run with a positive outlook – you’ll improve your health and your performance.

We run to release the tension of a bad day. We run when we feel down and need a pick-me-up. We run to silence the inner critic who tells us we aren’t clever, talented or slim enough. And it works. Thanks to those wondrous morphine-like chemicals called endorphins, running is ... 

6 mistakes runners make (and how to fix them)

By Pete Magill on in Training
Runners sometimes get the small things right at the expense of the basics. Here’s how you can avoid the most common errors of all.

It’s not a lack of the latest running shoes, technical T-shirt, gels or does-it-all-and-more GPS that holds us back as runners – it’s something much simpler. Whether we care to accept it or not, basic mistakes – the kind nearly every runner makes – are what stop us from reaching ... 

Winning the mind game

By Jim Afremow on in Training
These research-backed mental strategies will help you run your best.

Think about your running heroes – they may include Olympians as well as the pack leaders in your local running club. Most people aren’t blessed with the lightning-like fast twitch muscle fibres of Usain Bolt or the innate prowess of their club’s podium climbers, but some of the traits you ... 

What is running economy?

By Greg Crowther on in Training
We break down the basics of running economy and the factors that affect it.

As scientific expressions go, ‘running economy’ (RE) has never been as familiar to runners as the terms 'VO2 max' and 'lactate threshold'. But now, many exercise scientists consider RE to be the third critical determinant of distance running performance. In running, carbohydrates and fat are the primary fuels, and the ... 

Run for your knees

By Alex Hutchinson on in Training
Evidence has emerged that your knees can handle more mileage than you'd think.

One of the perennial questions runners get is 'Won’t all that running ruin your knees?' The research that exists actually tends to show that runners are no more likely, and perhaps even less likely, to get osteoarthritis than non-runners. This isn’t new - here, for example, is an article I ...  ... 

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