Five simple ways to improve your running form

Trying to improve your running efficiency and speed? We’ve listed five of the simplest ways to should help to get you started. Cadence Many runners attempt to increase stride length, which in turn reduces their stride frequency (cadence). This can sometimes be detrimental and lead to over-striding and injury. Increased cadence is the way to

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Foam rolling and how it works

The popularity of foam rolling is increasing as more and more people are telling the people they know about the benefits of spending time on top of a roller. The purpose of this article is to look at the reasons behind why foam rolling is a good thing to fit into your training and how

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Adventure & Obstacle Running

The scenes in these photographs are probably familiar if you have ever done an adventure or obstacle style race which are popping up all over the UK in the last few years. Why are they so popular? Maybe because they offer something completely different to a local 10k or 10 mile road race and similar

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Getting Started

The basics of road running How to start running safely & comfortably   There are many benefits from taking up running, as long as it is done carefully and sensibly. Given the right advice and sufficient time to train, most people will be able to complete the a 5K, 10k or even a half marathon

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Healthy Hips

The hip is arguably the most important joint in a runner. A healthy, strong, stable, flexible hip provides a substantial boost to running health and performance. It is the transfer point for the power generated by the legs up into the torso, generates a lot of power itself that transfers into the torso and legs

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Nutrition for the Marathon Runner – Elite Runner

Guest blog by Alex Carlow of Insight Nutrition  The elite runner Energy Needs For the more elite runners out there, using a tapered nutrition plan to match your training needs will be of more benefit than applying the same diet throughout the training year! For example, it’s likely that your energy needs will be slightly higher

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Nutrition for the Marathon Runner – Beginner or Overweight Runner

Guest blog by Alex Carlow of Insight Nutrition The beginner or amateur overweight runner  Energy Needs The long distance runner looking to lose weight will need to create an energy deficit large enough to bring about a reduction in body fat. Even running two to three times a week for the beginner or amateur overweight runner

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Nutrition for the Marathon Runner – Overview

Guest blog by Alex Carlow of Insight Nutrition Overview When training and preparing to compete in either a half or full marathon it’s imperative that your diet provides you with both the nutrients and energy required to ensure you meet the demands of both your training and the event itself. How well you address your body’s

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Iliotibial Band

Most runners once in their running days have experienced some form of knee discomfort, pain, strange feelings or all at one go! At least someone in your running circle, group or club is likely to have experienced some Iliotibial Band (IT Band) issues. That is because running is a repetitive action which puts a lot

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Fuel for your run

When we exercise, our muscles predominantly look to burn carbohydrates to fuel the mechanism that makes the muscles move. Any exercise session that is going beyond an hour will require more calories to sustain the same amount of effort. Therefore it’s really important that we have enough carbohydrates to burn during the exercise or we

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Transitions made easy

When setting up your transition site, it is important to set things up in a manner that will require no brain power during the race. Setting out your gear in the morning of the race in an efficient manner will help you execute a stress free transition.The key to quick hassle free transitions is to

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Trails can make you stronger

Trail running is sometimes viewed with trepidation by road runners, as they feel they won’t be able to execute their workout perfectly. However, there are benefits to be had from including trails into your training programme. Road running happens mostly in a sagittal (forward) plane and the surface is often predictable, resulting in less knee lift.

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Please Stretch – Plantar Fasciitis

Many people have experienced some form of foot pain whether it be running related or general day to day discomfort. Sore heel, pain in the arch, stiff toes, difficulty walking, running not possible – these are just a few issues from our feet. The term Plantar Fasciitis gets thrown around a lot in the running world

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