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Running strategy: from 5k to marathon

Running strategy: from 5k to marathon

If you’re new to running or are just stick to 5k runs, the prospect of a marathon can seem daunting. And at over eight times the distance, we don’t blame you. But moving from 5k to a marathon isn’t as unattainable as you might think. There are tonnes of plans and resources out there, so we wanted to collate the best bits and give you a guide to achieving a marathon. We’ll take you through how to train and recover for one of the most challenging but rewarding runs of your life.  Choosing your training plan  In general, most 5k...

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Types of running: from sprints to tempo training

Types of running: from sprints to tempo training

You might think that running is a bit mundane. That it’s just not for you. Or you just don’t have the time to commit to a long run. Well, it might be that you actually haven’t found the right type of running that works for you.  That’s where different types of running training come in. Not only do different styles of running keep things fresh but they can also help you to achieve different fitness goals. From speed to endurance, cardiovascular health to mental resilience and even strength. So, to get you up to speed, we’re going to take you...

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Long-distance running: a guide to upping mileage

Long-distance running: a guide to upping mileage

Whether you’re competing against yourself or hyping yourself up for a big race, mileage is important. However, when you’ve got a set running routine or you’re used to smashing out the same satisfying runs week on week it can seem tough to push those miles up. So, in this blog, we want to lay out all of the steps and changes you can make to reach your mileage goals.  Recovery - yes you heard that right  One of the core reasons why runners find they plateau is that they simply are not allowing enough recovery. If you’re used to doing...

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fit age

What Is Your Fit Age? How To Run Yourself Young

Do you feel your age? Regular exercisers over 30 are likely to say ‘yes’, most saying they feel younger and many arguing they feel better than they did over a decade ago. The reason is that your ‘fit age’ also known as your ‘biological age’ is different to the age determined by your date of birth. Generally speaking the fitter a person is, the lower their fit age is. If you’re someone who does feel their actual age – or perhaps even older – the good news is that exercise can help and running in particular will lower your biological...

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Can You Run Too Much? The ‘Dangers’ Of Overtraining Exposed

Can You Run Too Much? The ‘Dangers’ Of Overtraining Exposed

Running is a fantastic form of exercise. Anyone can do it, anywhere and at any time. Decent trainers, comfy clothing and maybe a running watch to track your progress, and you can go at your own pace and set whatever distance you like. It’s also a great calorie consumer, burning roughly 400 calories per hour if you’re jogging up to 550 per hour if you’re running at a fast pace. But perpetual stories in scientific journals which filter to the mainstream media claim that running too much is bad for you – so bad in fact you’d be better off...

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What Is An Ultramarathon And How Do You Run One?

What Is An Ultramarathon And How Do You Run One?

Pretty much every major town through the UK has organised long-distance run events. Half and full marathons are now commonplace and the supply of races is comfortably met with demand. Most of the higher-profile events like The London Marathon have to turn keen, regular and even sometimes high-profile runners away. For those who have completed marathons more than once, new challenges are emerging. Under the banner of the ultramarathon, (sometimes called ultra distance and also ultra running) these events are those that go more than the extra mile. The ultramarathon banner covers multiple marathons back-to-back, 24-hour races on running tracks...

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