Running and Training

Recovering from Races: Are You Doing These 8 Things to Aid Recovery?

If you’ve recently completed your big target race, perhaps a marathon or half marathon, what’s the best way to recover? We explore the issues, with eight key points to help recovery.

The Benefits of Swimming for Runners

We take a look at why swimming can be a great form of cross training for runners, and the benefits it can provide.

Physio Focus: Plyometrics

Plyometrics are an effective way to build dynamic strength, and are increasingly used by endurance runners for stronger running and injury recovery and prevention. Physiotherapist Luke Bowman explains plyometrics in more depth and why these exercises can help you…

Race Day Nerves: Six Strategies for Managing the Jitters

Do you find your tummy filled with butterflies when race day rolls around? Do you start feeling queasy with anxiety about a big event you’ve been focused on for months? Here are our six strategies for managing those jitters…

Why Warm Up? Benefits and Example Exercises

Fitness trainer Lin Skinner explains why warming up before running is helpful, and gives some practical examples of exercises with video demos…

Building an Endurance Base

If you’re planning ahead to start training for a half- or full-marathon, it’s important to build a strong endurance base before you begin race-specific training. We explain why, and give some ideas on how to do it.

A Personal Trainer’s Advice for Stronger Running

Personal trainer Grant Ford joins us to share his approach for becoming a stronger runner, including ways to increase your longevity in the sport. With practical instruction and videos.

Race Day Nerves: Six Strategies for Managing the Jitters

Do you find your tummy filled with butterflies when race day rolls around? Do you start feeling queasy with anxiety about a big event you’ve been focused on for months? Here are our six strategies for managing those jitters…

Mindset: Sport Psychology for Runners

What goes through your mind when you run a race? How do you perceive yourself as a runner? And how could you benefit from sport psychology? We chat with sport psychologist Helen Davis to find out more about mindset for performance…

Extending Your Comfort Zone

Performance Psychologist David Harrison joins us to explain why stepping outside your comfort zone is key to improving performance, and how to do it.

Building Confidence in Your Running

Performance psychologist David Harrison explains how self-belief and confidence help training and performance, and shares some techniques for training your mind for better running.

Six Mental Strategies for Long Runs

A long training run is as much about what’s going on inside your head as about the physical effort. So what mental strategies can be helpful? Here are our six top tips…

8 Top Tips for Running Motivation

If your running mojo is low, and you want to rediscover your love of running, try out these ideas to get your running motivation back on track…

Marathon Pacing Part 1: New Research Investigates The Challenges of Good Pacing

New research, involving runners from The Flying Runner community, reveals some fascinating insights into how runners and pacing and predicting their marathons.

Can Running Improve Brain Function and Help to Combat Dementia?

Recent research from the University of Arizona indicates that running may help to improve functional connectivity in the brain. This could lay the basis for a better understanding of whether exercise throughout life can help to combat dementia in later life.

Our “Lab Rat” Runners: Marathon Pacing Research

Find out how 100 runners are helping to build an understanding of how to pace your marathon, and what they had to do when they came in to the labs at ARU.

Marathon Pacing Part 2: A Look at The Physiology of Pacing

In Part 2 of our marathon pacing feature, we ask Dr Dan Gordon to explain more about the physiology of pacing a marathon.

Marathon Buddy: 10 Top Tips for Marathon Race Day

After all these months of preparation and hard training, it’s time to focus on making race day the best experience it can be. We’d like to share a few thoughts on how to get the most from your marathon: our ten top tips for marathon race day.

Marathon Buddy: Coping With Tiredness in Peak Training

Peak marathon training can be very tiring. How well are you managing your tiredness? Try challenging yourself with our handy self-check questions to think about what else you could do to look after yourself and to get the most from your training.

Marathon Buddy: A Guide to Tapering

The taper is a critical part of any marathon training plan, enabling you to get to the start line refreshed and at your best. But what does it involve, how long should it last, and how much running should it include?