BAD HABIT: You’re a night owl Runners who short-change sleep compromise recovery, immunity and mental sharpness, which can turn an easy workout into a gruelling one. "Sleep enhances the restoration of cells damaged by exercise," says Professor Jim Horne from the Sleep Research Ce...
You've heard the usual recommendations for so long that you accept them as gospel. And most of the advice is solid. Who can argue with putting in mileage, peaking for races and stretching after a run? But just because many coaches, sports scientists and other experts a...
We all have a surpassing faith in the ability of training programmes to help us become fitter and faster. In our endless search for the best regime, we scour the internet, buy books and magazines, and attend clinics staffed by Olympic medallists and their coaches. The goal: to fi...
When Gunder Hagg ran 4:01.4 to set a mile world record in 1945, his achievement stood for 3,215 days - almost nine years. Then Roger Bannister ran his historic 3:59.4 on May 6, 1954. Bannister's record lasted just 46 days before John Landy took it down to 3:58.0. "For a few minut...
Every career has its highs and lows. Just ask Gary Barlow. Two years ago he was resigned to a lifetime of nostalgia TV programmes. But with a bit of advice and support, Barlow and his band Take That stormed the charts again in December. The lesson is clear: no matter how badly yo...
Photo by: Bakke-Svensson/Ironman An Ironman triathlon is an emotional experience. The physical and mental challenge presented by the event (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run) slowly removes the layers of complexity within you until there is not...
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You might think that running very, very slowly to become much, much faster is right up there with eating more cake to lose weight. For the marathon runner Sue Gardener, though, slowing down has been the secret of her running success. Before she started her slow-to-fast journey,...
Some people think Lance Armstrong is a pretty decent cyclist. Me, I’m fascinated by his running. The legendary cyclist has entered this autumn’s New York City Marathon and many of us are itching to see how he will fare. Armstrong won the first distance race he ever entered as a t...
, what you ate, the weather and even your general mood before, during and after each run," adds Wood. "It'll help you identify patterns and the cause and effect of good and bad runs." And training logs don't have a ‘use by' date. "I have all my training
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