Running and Training

Rest Up! Why Recovery Matters For Good Training

Why rest days are important in a training programme, and practical tips to get this right.

Marathon Training: 10 Rules of Engagement

There are plenty of factors to consider as you plan ahead for your marathon training. But sticking to these ten “rules of engagement” will help you to be more consistent with your training, and to get the most from your race day…

Hill Reps: How to Boost Your Training

Hill reps are an excellent boost to training, building strength and speed. We explore why hill training is so effective, and how to run hill repeats well.

Is Your Food Helping Your Training?

We interview with Dr Justin Roberts, an expert on nutrition in sport, to find out how we can each go about understanding and meeting our personal nutritional needs for training.

Dealing with Injury Positively… in 8 Steps

It can be so frustrating to find yourself on the injury bench. But what matters next is how you deal with it. Here are eight steps for staying positive and proactive when injury strikes…

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…

What Limits Endurance Performance? The Science of Fatigue

What are the factors which limit how long we can keep running? We interview Professor Samuele Marcora to find out about his research into how the brain acts to limit endurance performance, and what that means for us as runners.

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 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.

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?