1. 7 Quick and Handy Tips for Teenaged Runners

    Running is an incredibly accessible activity for individuals of all ages, from the young to the old. That being said, there is a point in time at which your body has everything it needs to propel you to some serious heights regarding running ability. As a teenager, your body is more resilient, better adapted to the changes brought on by exercise, and still in the process of growing. These facts combine to mean that it is far easier to develop good running habits and physical fitness without some of the risks of injury — and the lack of time — that come from running when you're older.

    You know it's not just as simple as picking up a pair of running shoes and automatically being good at things, though. It takes arduous work and a lot of practice. So, what should you keep in mind while you try to improve your abilities as a teenager? From knowing your limits to taking advantage of your body's plasticity, there's plenty you can do to set the stage for success. Let's look at seven tip

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  2. Fashion versus Function When Choosing Running Clothes

    15th March 2018.Take a quick look at the crowd that shows up on race day for a fun run or a marathon, and you'll be sure to notice lots of diversity. It's not only that the group of people who show up to race is diverse, but what they're wearing will showcase many differences, too. Perhaps even your own running wardrobe has begun to look more like a fashion showcase than a drawer full of plain workout clothing. There's nothing wrong with wanting to look good while you run in fact, it can be important to your success but has all this effort to be fashionable begun to intrude on your ability to run well? Balancing function against fashion, alongside determining just how much you need to do that, can be tricky to figure out. The manufacturers of the most visually attractive workout clothes want you to believe that they're the best way to go; the technical brands all want to convince you of the same thing, only in their favour. Which is really

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  3. A Quick Look at Building Your Running Playlist for 2018

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    For runners, motivation is the linchpin for success. When you're heading into the fourth or fifth mile of the week's most strenuous run, the mental fatigue can far outweigh any physical exhaustion you might feel. It?s at this time when many runners throw in the towel, and it can be tough to push through this plateau to keep climbing towards better performance. How do you stay motivated when you reach that point? It can be hard, but adding music to your routine can make an amazing difference.

    There's a reason you see so many other runners on the trail with headphones or earbuds. Running in time to the music can make you more efficient while keeping you "in the zone." What should you listen to as we head into the new

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  4. How Age Affects Your Running Ability — And How to Adjust

    Show up at a marathon or a major running event and look at the people gathering at the starting line. What's the defining characteristic of the group in front of you? "Diversity" is probably the best answer. Runners young and old alike show up to events like these. However, the fastest runners and the winners of these events are rarely older individuals. Why is that? Is it just because they aren't putting in as much time in training as the younger participants? That's not likely so ? it takes a lot of work to be able to run a marathon no matter your age.

    Instead, it's more of a fact of life: as we get older, our ability to run faster begins to degrade. Running abilities develop and change considerably over our lifetimes, and that isn't necessarily a bad thing. What it does mean, though, is that we need to be mindful of these changes and adjust our routines and fitness efforts as necessary. An individual who goes running regularly in their 50s will have different considerations

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  5. Parkrun: What Is It and Why Is It Worth Your Attention?

    If there is one thing that is true about runners, it's that they're intelligent about their exercise. For those who don't run, it's easy for the activity to seem gruelling, demanding, and the opposite of fun. Runners know it is a very difficult and challenging sport, and that there will always be times when their daily run tests their desire to push forward. As a result, runners are always on the lookout for new and fun ways to make their exercise engaging. When participating is a pleasure, it's much easier to stay active and involved. If you've been looking for something new to change up the way you approach your running, why not think about something like the parkrun phenomenon?

    From marathons to holiday races and even endurance challenges, there's no shortage of organised ways to take part in running. What if instead of a corporation staging marathons or formal local clubs putting on events, you could participate in something done entirely by volunteers? What if it was just

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  6. The Importance of Cross Training: Why Every Runner Should Add Swimming into Their Schedule

    The only way to get better at running is to run more. That seems like a simple enough rule, right? It makes sense, too ? just like with any other sport or activity, practice is the only thing that really makes a difference. Is that always the case? In fact, it's not always so black and white. Improving at one sport may require you to spend time practising in another pursuit. This concept, called cross-training, is very important. In fact, every runner should consider adding cross-training elements into their regimen. Otherwise, you're not only missing out on an opportunity to improve, but you're losing out on many other benefits as well. Swimming is among the best sports for runners to engage in for cross-training. In fact, it's worth just about every runner's time to take a hard look at swimming and perhaps even spend some time in the pool. When you start splitting your energy between these two pursuits, you will be able to see gains you might not have unlocked otherwise. So why is

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  7. Don't Run Out of Fuel: Energising Your Body Pre and Post-Run

    11th January 2018.As an intensive cardio activity, running can burn tonnes of calories. For those trying to lose weight, that makes it an excellent exercise. For those who run for fun or as practice for competitions such as marathons, it sometimes means a struggle to stay on top of your daily energy needs. Running can take a lot out of you no matter your fitness level, though, and that's why eating correctly is so important. Without the right nutrition, you'll find yourself fatigued, weary all the time, and unable to perform at your peak ability when you run. No one enjoys that feeling of running out of steam far earlier into the day's run than you'd like. What's the solution? There is no one magic diet for runners to follow. Everyone's bodies are a little bit different, and nutritional needs can vary from person to person. However, we all feel the strain from burning off so much energy with every run. With that in mind, there are some

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  8. Foot Care for Runners: Tips and Tricks to Ensure Your Feet are Run Ready

    22nd December 2017. A runner's most important asset isn't their footwear or the technical fabrics that make up their running gear ? it's something far more fundamental than that. It's simply your feet! Keeping your feet in good shape and free from injury is very important for ensuring you can always get your daily miles in and compete in the races for which you've registered. That's often easier said than done, however, and sore, aching feet are a common complaint for runners everywhere. Whether you're brand new to the sport or a long-time veteran, there will always be times when all you can think about is the ache in your feet. What can you do about this problem? Just like you pay close attention to your nutrition, your form, and the running gear you use, your feet are one more area where you need to make some special considerations. From choosing

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  9. Christmas Gift Options for Runners: Quick Guide

    14th December 2017.If you aren't a runner, it can sometimes be hard to understand the appeal. Look at just about any marathon runner as they cross the finish line ? they look totally spent, completely beaten, and with no energy left! Yet they'll have big grins on their faces as they take that last stride. Obviously, there must be something about it to love. If there are runners in your life, whether in your family or your circle of friends, then you understand the level of passion and dedication they can have for their sport. When the holidays approach and Christmas appears on the calendar, you'll probably want to give them a gift that relates to their favourite activity. Unlike with many other sports or outdoor activities, though, it's not always immediately apparent what type of gifts would be ideal for runners. They don't wear many fancy clothes, seldom bring lots of equipment to their runs, and don't have a wealth of merchandise featuring

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  10. Winter Running Clothing Guide: Layer Appropriately and Beat the Chill

    23rd November 2017. Picture this: you wake up in the morning, ready to head out on your daily run, and your phone tells you the temperature. It's not just cold ? it's reallycold! Maybe there's even a chance for some snow in the forecast later in the day. As you look outside at the chilly, grey weather, you can't help but think to yourself, "Should I just stay home and skip my run today?" It's a challenge that many runners face when autumn weather evaporates and makes way for the icy winds of winter. A major component to running is the challenge of the elements. It?s why you run through the rain in the spring and endure the heat in the summer. You adjust your plans during the rest of the year, so why not during the winter, too? Staying on top of your schedule despite the cold weather will allow you to enter the spring without the feeling that you need to catch up on your endurance. You'll be ready to spring into a new year of running

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