Runner's World UK December 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!

Land:
United Kingdom
Språk:
English
Utgiver:
Hearst Magazines UK
Hyppighet:
Monthly
kr 39,21
kr 343,32
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lingmoor fell, lake district

THE LOCATION Lingmoor Fell lies in the Langdale Valley, in the Lake District National Park. It’s a runners’ paradise of footpaths, fells and bridleways, with refuelling available at cosy pubs along the valley at Elterwater, Chapel Stile, Great Langdale and Little Langdale. THE RUN This fairly challenging route starts at Great Langdale Bunkhouse and ascends on a steep, grassy path behind the National Trust campsite. The path gets rocky, but offers stunning views of Blea Tarn to the right and the Langdale Pikes behind you. There’s a breathtaking panorama at the summit of Brown How, then a wonderful ridge run with views of Coniston before you descend into Little Langdale and head back along a pleasant, undulating woodland bridleway, with more jaw-dropping views of the valley as it opens up in front of you. RUNNER Sabrina…

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editor’s letter

SOME EPIC FEATS OF endurance feature prominently in this month’s issue. On page 30, we speak to the inspirational Sabrina Verjee, an ultrarunner who has been breaking records and winning unimaginably gruelling ultramarathons for years – including the Spine Race and the Lakeland 100. What I found particularly impressive is the way she describes these challenges – to many of us, running a 268-mile race in sometimes awful conditions, while getting very little sleep, is hellish; to her, it’s a ‘fun holiday’, a time when she switches off and relaxes. She offers a simple but valuable lesson to all runners – when you’re enjoying something, it can push you to ever greater heights (in her case, quite literally). On page 54, meanwhile, we look at the long and sometimes controversial history…

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contributors

RUMBIDZAI SAVANHU The illlustrator (@ marykeepsgoing) has been inspired by Fly Girl Collective, so she was the perfect woman to bring the Fly Girl founder’s favourite London run route to life, capturing the vibrancy and beauty of city landscapes in My Favourite Run on p50. DAMIAN HALL The record-breaking ultrarunner went the extra miles for us, joining fellow record-breaker Sabrina Verjee on her Pennine Way fastest known time (FKT) to find out what makes this extraordinary athlete tick. Meet The First Lady on p30.…

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draft includer

NEXT TIME YOU’RE IN A RACE with other living humans and you find yourself being drafted, instead of cursing the perpetrator for using you as a human windshield, take some comfort in the knowledge that you’re actually both benefiting. The drafter, of course, profits from the reduced air resistance that comes from following close behind another runner. But the drafted runner (the draftee, if you will) also gets a boost, because the air pressure behind them doesn’t drop off as sharply, owing to the presence of the heavy breather in their wake, according to a new study in the Journal of Biomechanics. This is well known by cyclists, but is perhaps more surprising to runners: in a pace line, everyone benefits – though the person behind gets the best deal.…

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meet in the middle

WE’RE OFTEN told we need to either run easy or hard, but elite ultrarunner and UKA coach Damian Hall makes the case for the ‘in-between’ workout. ‘If we run “easy medium” or steady (7/10 effort) sometimes, we’ll see metabolic, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular benefits,’ he says. ‘Metabolically, at a steady pace we’re using slow-burning lipids (fats) for fuel, rather than mainly glycogen, increasing our efficiency at doing so and improving our ability to run well for a longer distance. Steady running may also increase production of mitochondria and capillaries that transport fuel to working muscles. As we are putting marginally more strain on the body than in an easy run, steady running also leads to musculoskeletal improvements that will help you run harder for longer. Thirdly, steady running helps prepare the…

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what’s your training age?

LIKE THE QUEEN, runners get two birthdays: your actual birthday and your running birthday, or training age, counted from the day you decided to start running regularly. Noting this second date is important, says GB ultrarunner and coach Robbie Britton. ‘If you consider the developmental stages of a youth athlete, they build progressively, work on the fundamental movement skills and start with a focus on shorter, faster events first. By contrast, most of us start with a flat-out 5K effort on a Saturday or sign up for a marathon as a bet.’ So, for your journey, know that big leaps, in racing distance or training load, can lead to injuries. ‘Pick your goals, be ambitious, but choose the right timeline,’ says Britton. There’s one big advantage to a young training age:…

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