1. Ultrarunning: When a Marathon Just Isn't Long Enough

    6th July 2017.Since time immemorial, humans have been challenging themselves in one of the most basic ways we know how: by measuring how fast and how far we can carry ourselves. We've even immortalised an ancient runner's mad dash to relay important news in our "marathon," a race that covers the 26.2-mile distance said to have been run millennia ago. The marathon is widely held to be one of the pinnacles of racing and running endurance; you might train for months to be able to complete a marathon successfully. Many people devote their entire running activity schedule to marathons and training. For some, though, running for hours in a marathon just isn't enough. They want to go farther, push their bodies harder, and cover incredible distances on foot. That was the birth of ultrarunning, also sometimes called half-marathon. It?s a sport where the runners stretch to the edge of human endurance in courses that span multiple marathon distances.

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  2. How to Adapt Your Running Schedule for the Summer Months

    15th June 2017. As far as seasons go, spring is one of the best ones for running. Unfortunately, it doesn't last forever. When the spring starts to turn into the summer, runners need to take note. With hotter temperatures, the changing conditions demand a change in your habits, too. Summer is also the time when we most often go on holiday ? so how will you stick to your usual running habits when you go away from home? It's not all about challenges, though; the summer brings some good news for runners, too. Tired of going on your daily run in the dark, or not having enough daylight at the end of the day? The lengthening days of summer will help with that. How should you prepare your body to face the challenges of summer running? From acclimatising to planning around potential disruptions to your schedule, there are many things you can try. You'll also want to take the time to learn about the heat index and how to work around the weather.

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  3. The 5 Best Running Apps and Why You Should Use Them

    1st June 2017. Technology is an incredible asset when it comes to improving one's athletic abilities. Advancements have led to safer exercise methods, more effective gym equipment, and even digital ways to track your exercise. With the ubiquity of smartphones, almost everyone has millions of "apps" at their fingertips every day. Have you ever stopped to think about the potential value hiding inside of all the fitness apps out there? From apps filled with yoga poses to guided workout efforts, you can transform your phone into your very own personal trainer. For runners especially, these apps can provide tremendous benefits, whether you're just starting out or you're already a veteran. Wait a minute, though. How will you have time to pull out your phone during a run and constantly check it to use an app? The good news is that you won't need to do that: instead, these apps often rely on interaction before and after your daily runs. Others
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  4. Should Your Training Target Running Longer Distances, Better Pace, or Both?

    13th May 2017.For those who want to improve their running ability, the solution often needs to be more complicated than simply "run more often." Instead, it helps to have a defined strategy and some particular goals in mind. If you've done some research on the subject, you've probably noticed that many of these strategies focus around one of two things: running a set distance in a faster time, or running a longer distance overall. It's a question of "miles" over "minutes" when we think about whether to train for distance or pace. When you're training, where should you put your focus for the best results? Could it be both? It's possible. Both approaches have their merits, and each will pose some slightly different challenges to your body. However, as you might expect, the training methodology involved is rather different for both. Can you (or should you) try to balance your approach, or is it better to just stick to one or the other? To

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  5. Running for Fitness: Starting with the Basics

    27th April 2017. When you think of the word exercise, what activities come to mind immediately? For many people, the answer will likely be jogging. Running is the stereotypical activity we can easily imagine anyone doing. With the growing popularity of fun runs and marathon races, running continues to grow in public visibility. Have you ever considered running for fitness? Many people think of running as something they "hate" ? but it doesn't have to be that way. Though it can be tough to acclimatise at the beginning of a running regimen, many come to love the challenges it offers and the benefits they gain. With that said, where should you begin if you want to tackle this sport for yourself? How many times a week should you go out running? How far should you go during each session? These are the types of questions everyone has when they first start. There are other decisions to make, too. To be successful in your efforts, you'll need

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  6. The 5 Must-Have Items for Every Runner's Kit

    6th April 2017.One of the best aspects of running as a sport is the very low barrier to entry: all you need to begin is a good pair of running shoes, after all. From there, it's just a matter of you, the road ahead, and how long you can push through stride after stride. However, while shoes are the only item necessary for running, there's plenty of other gear that can make your efforts easier, safer, and more comfortable. In fact, every runner should think carefully about their "kit" and what items they choose to include. While everyone's choices will be a little different, there are ultimately at least five essential items that every runner should consider including in their kit. From clothing specifically suited for running to even perhaps a gadget or two, you can enhance and improve your running experience with relative ease. However, it is also important to balance gear with your actual focus on running. Sometimes, with technology,

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  7. Should You Stick to One Pair of Running Shoes or Rotate Through Several?

    30th March 2017.For runners, nothing is as fundamental to success and comfort as the right running shoe. Regular shoes just don't provide the type of robust support necessary for the foot during running. Prolonged use of shoes that don't cushion the foot from the repeated and rapid impacts of running can eventually lead to the development of injuries. Naturally, you want to stay as comfortable as possible while out on your daily run; preventing an injury is just one part of the equation. When you feel relaxed, and foot discomfort isn?t a distraction, you can power through more miles. How many pairs of running shoes should you have, though? When you initially find a pair that fits perfectly and delivers an excellent running experience, the natural inclination is to stick with that pair till they fall apart. Is that the best method, though? You may have heard some runners advocate using multiple pairs and rotating through them. In this article,

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  8. The Many Kinds of Races for Runners of All Ability Levels

    2nd March 2017.For many runners, the solitude of their daily run is a chance to find some inner peace and focus on improving their abilities. However, over time, that isolation can become less of a solace and more of a stumbling block to success. Without some social component or a major goal to strive towards, it is all too easy for running to become monotonous and boring. That's a recipe for "burnout" and subsequently falling out of your routine. Even for runners whose skills are still at the beginner stage, this can be a major issue. So, what's a good solution for confronting this problem directly? Why not try the obvious solution, and enter a race? "I'm not ready for a race, though," you might say. That's not necessarily true; there are races available for runners across all skill levels. You may not even have to adjust your training regimen much to work up to competing in a 5k, for example. There are other, less strenuous options available

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  9. Spring is Here! Time to Head Outside and Go Running

    23rd February 2017.The first morning you awake and find that the temperature is finally back at a level where it's comfortable to go outside, it's no surprise if you feel excited! When a long winter finally comes to an end, the chance to spend more time outdoors without feeling cold and frozen is a welcome change. Of course, spring also brings with it another opportunity, the chance to start or return to exercising. Whether you've made a New Year's resolution you want to stick to or not, the spring is the perfect time to leave the stuffy indoors and get back to running. Did you spend any time in the winter exercising? With the abundant holidays and frequent travel, your answer could be "not really" and that's okay. While sticking to a routine through the winter is preferable, it's not easy, and not everyone has the time or access to a gym. The spring is an excellent time to make up lost ground, though! How should you approach your new

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  10. Helpful Tips for Running Up and Down Hills

    26th January 2017.For runners everywhere, few sights are as daunting as a steep hill. If you live in an area with plenty of slopes, you may even crave the ability to run for long distances over smooth, level ground. While you may not currently enjoy running up and down hills, the fact of the matter is that it's an incredibly effective way to train your body and improve your fitness. Anyone who's tried to run up a hill at full speed knows it's no easy task; your heart starts pumping as hard as it can, and you're often out of breath long before you reach the top. Then, of course, there's the return down the hill. With gravity on your side, you'd think it would be much easier, and yet there's always the danger of going too fast and taking a terrible spill. Rather than avoid hills altogether, though, you should embrace them and their ability to train your body more thoroughly. One doesn't need just suddenly to start attempting to run hills

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