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Runner's World UK

Runner's World UK August 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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hampstead heath, london

THE LOCATION Hampstead Heath, London THE RUN Tumbling down from majestic Kenwood House to Parliament Hill running track, the Heath is a wild, green sanctuary nestled between the two arms of the Northern Line, which reach up from central London to the city’s northern suburbs. Teeming with wildlife and Wellington-booted dog-walkers, the blend of wooded paths, tufted hills and sculpted ponds gives urban runners a taste of the trail without the need for making a trek out of the capital. Savour the freedom to explore its hidden corners and open spaces, but be warned: you’ll get a hill workout whether you like it or not. And if it rains, there will be mud.…

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editor’s letter

THE QUALITY THAT shines out in this issue is dedication. As the great Roy Castle used to sing on kids’ telly in the 1970s and 1980s, it’s what you need – that’s definitely the case if you want to be a record breaker, but also if you just want to make positive changes in your life, however big or small they may be. Dedication is something Hicham El Guerrouj had in abundance. The Moroccan was nigh-on unbeatable over 1500m from the late 1990s (including setting a world record in 1998 that still stands) – apart from on the biggest stage of all, the Olympics. Our account (page 58) of his mission to put that right in his final appearance in the Games, in 2004, through an obsessive training regime and a…

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PETE MAGILL Having broken 15 mins for 5K at the age of 47 and written the definitive book on the subject – Fast 5K – the renowned running coach is well qualified to deliver your plan to ace the distance. Get up to speed with 5 Ways to Run a Faster 5K on p68. KALEISHA FETTERS After a hip injury hit her own running, the journalist, strength-and-conditioning specialist and author of The Woman’s Guide to Strength Training compiled the latest science on dealing with runners’ hip injuries in Hips Don’t Lie on p50.…

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fitness gives you a leg up

MORE GOOD NEWS about endurance training: it can help protect us from the negative effects of prolonged sitting. However, you have to do lots of it to reap the benefits. That’s the conclusion of a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. It examined the blood flow in the legs of 10 cyclists and the legs of 10 untrained people following three hours of sitting. One of the effects of prolonged sitting is that it reduces blood flow to the legs, but the reduction was far less in competitive cyclists than in the untrained group. The cyclists were supremely fit – with an average VO2 max of 61ml/kg/min (considered ‘excellent’) and an average of 1,500 miles of training per month. The best advice for the rest of…

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knot a problem?

BACK TO FRONT It may be time to turn your back on running. A recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning found backwards-running drills were better than forwards-running drills for improving strength and power. Two groups were given eight weeks of backwards-running workouts or eight weeks of forwards-running workouts. By the end of the study, both groups had improved their sprint times significantly, but the backwards-running group showed the bigger improvements in vertical-jump height, which is a chief indicator of power. HIT THE HILLS It’s official: hill running can make fit runners fitter. A study1 found that club-level runners who did two endurance-training sessions and two hill workouts for 12 weeks enjoyed significant fitness increases compared with those who just did endurance training. The hill group increased their VO2 max and…

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the tape of good hope

LEGS ADORNED WITH CRISS-CROSS PATTERNS of brightly coloured tape are a common sight at the start line of races. The psychological benefit of having a niggle taped up before a race is considerable, but a new study suggests it’s little more than that when it comes to ankles. The study, by the University of Dundee, analysed the muscle activity of 27 people across four test conditions, and the relationship between kinesiology tape and ankle stability. The research showed no major difference in the results between taped and untaped ankles. This indicated K-tape did not alter the activity of these stabilising muscles in a way that may result in improved ankle stability. The author of the study, Zack Slevin, explained that K-tape could help relieve muscle tension and pain, but for…