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Runner's World UK

Runner's World UK March 2020

Runner's World is an inspirational and motivational magazine for runners of all ages and abilities. In every issue of Runner’s World we inform, advise, educate, and motivate runners of all ages and abilities. We help every runner achieve their personal health, fitness and performance goals. Runner’s World shows you the best ways to get the maximum amount of benefits from running in the minimum amount of time. Big promise? Definitely. But you don’t have to take our word for it – we’d like to prove it to you!

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what steps will you take to make your running greener in 2020?

‘Whenever possible, I’m going to take public transport to races. If I do have to drive, I’ll make every effort to car-share.’– Rick Pearson‘I have no problem not getting a race T-shirt, so I will forgo where it is an option. I could wash my existing kit less often, but that in itself would pose an environmental hazard. ’– John Carroll‘I’m going to carry a Camelback with my own drink in it when I do longer races, rather than relying on the fuel stations.’– Kerry McCarthy‘I’m going to commit to a plant-based diet for an extended experiment. I can’t promise it’ll be forever, but at least it’ll ease demands on the food-supply chain in the short term, and I’m open to it leading to a long-term change in the way…

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editor’s letter

IT STANDS TO REASON that runners should be more environmentally conscious than most people – much of the appeal of the sport is being outside and enjoying nature. So, with the world in the grip of a climate emergency, we wanted to ask if there is anything we can do to try to help the situation (rather than watch the alarming weather events and scientific statistics stack up with a feeling of resigned impotence). The results are in this special Green Issue. The good news is that even little things, when done by many, can have a big impact. On an individual level, that could be run commuting, plogging (page 40) or making more informed eating choices (page 54). The running industry is also starting to do its bit, so we…

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SIM & JEN BENSON The runners, writers and photographers love the UK’s wild places and they avidly support the idea of sustainable adventuring. They introduce us to 50 other Eco Heroes who are helping to change the running world for the better on p60. KIERAN ALGER The running-tech guru is well aware of the massive environmental footprint of our running footwear. Thankfully, he discovered that serious change is afoot in the running-shoe industry, paving the way for a future in which we can all Tread Lightly, p32.…

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hebridean way, outer hebrides

THE EXPERIENCE The Hebridean Way, opened by Scottish Natural Heritage in 2017, passes through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the UK. The 156-mile trail runs from Barra to Stornaway in the Outer Hebrides, taking in 10 islands, six causeways and two ferry rides. The terrain varies from beaches to bogs, mountain tracks to road. The waymarked route can be walked in eight to 13 days, although an adventure-seeking runner could complete it in less than a week. THE RUNNER Amanda Butler is pictured traversing one of the trail’s many peat bogs. She was part of an all-female team of adventurers who completed the Hebridean Way in 2019. The team of nine finished in four days and seven hours, running 30-40 miles a day – a fastest known time for men or…

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get faster in four days

A MEDITERRANEAN DIET ISN’T JUST GOOD for your ticker – it could also help you to cut seconds from your parkrun PB. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that eating like the Italians and Spanish can knock six per cent off your 5K time in just four days – that’s a remarkable 90 seconds off a 25-minute 5K. In the small study, athletes running on treadmills performed better after switching from a Western diet (low on vegetables and high in saturated fat) to a Mediterranean one (rich in whole grains, vegetables and good fats). Mountains of pasta were not involved, which is a shame. The study involved recreationally active men and women, and you’d expect smaller improvements in more seasoned runners, but it’s…

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home to boost

GETTING FIT NEEDN’T put you out of pocket. New research1 has found that 20-minute body-weight HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts performed at home are as effective as lab-controlled sessions (comparable to an instructor-led gym class). Try this equipment-free circuit and get fit on the cheap. Do each of these exercises for one minute, with 15 seconds’ rest between moves. Complete three circuits. Side lunges How Stand tall, feet hip-width apart. Lift one leg up and lunge to the side, keeping the other leg straight. Push back up to the starting position. Repeat on opposite leg. Why It works the sides of your glutes (gluteus medius), which are important stabiliser muscles for the hip joint. Triceps dips How Find a chair or table. Slide your bum off it, legs extended. Straighten your arms and lower your body…