Runner's World UK January 2021

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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editor’s letter

WHEN WE THINK ABOUT progressing as runners, we often focus on the body – our heart, lungs and muscles. But no matter how physically well trained we might be, neglecting the psychological side of things can lead runners to fall short of their potential – whether they’re a beginner, a mid-packer or a world record-breaker. Our cover star, BBC News anchor Sophie Raworth, is an inspiring example of what you can achieve when you truly commit – after collapsing in her first marathon outing, she’s become a Marathon des Sables and Six-Star finisher, and has qualified for the England Masters team. Read about her journey, and how running has helped her cope with stress in this momentous year, on page 30. Multiple Paralympic champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson shares her insights on succeeding…

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KATE CARTER The writer and sub-3 marathoner talks to BBC broadcaster Sophie Raworth about her journey from awful first 26.2 to qualification for the England Masters team, and how running has helped her during the pandemic in Running on Air, p30 RENEE MCGREGOR The runner and sports dietitian has spent 20 years working with both Olympic athletes and everyday runners. She cuts through the myths and falsehoods to deliver a clear and comprehensive guide to running nutrition in The Fast Fuel Manual, p52.…

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which object has had the biggest impact on your running?

‘A red, cotton Oasis T-shirt from one of the epic Maine Road gigs in 1996. When I started running, in 2003, I wore this tee every time I lumbered round my local park and it was a key part of building a new lifelong habit.– Kerry McCarthy‘A pair of Vibram FiveFingers. My route into running came via Chris McDougall’s book Born to Run and I spent my early days running in these ‘foot gloves’. I’ve since become more measured in my attitude to footwear – but the Vibrams still have a place in my heart, if no longer in my shoe collection’– Rick Pearson‘An old belt. I’d always been fairly lean but one day, about 15 years ago, I found I had to loosen my belt. Just a notch, but…

1 min
seeing is deceiving

WHEN ASKED ABOUT his ungainly running style, the great Emil Zátopek replied, ‘I shall learn to have a better style once they start judging races according to their beauty.’ Wise words, and they’re backed up by a study from Tennessee State University, US. Researchers sent one-minute video clips of five runners to 121 coaches, asking them to rank the runners from most economical to least. They then compared those rankings with lab-measured values of running economy. The result: the coaches were unable to properly rank the runners in terms of running economy. So, if your stride is more Zátopek than Zoolander, don’t worry: when it comes to running efficiency, looks don’t count.…

2 min
crash decision

THE KEY TO CONSISTENT, EFFECTIVE training is to make small, incremental increases. But can the occasional bout of intense work over a couple of days result in even bigger fitness gains? That’s the philosophy behind ‘crash’ training. If the name carries overtones of recklessness, the theory behind it is, potentially, sound. For people with demanding work days, for example, doing a ‘big’ weekend makes some sense – as long as you’re sensible about it. ‘Trying to squeeze everything into two days raises your risk of injury, but if you are smart, you can still make the most of it,’ says Team GB ultrarunner and coach Robbie Britton. ‘What I would normally advise is a higher quality, harder workout on the Saturday, followed by an easier, but longer, run on the…

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what’s behind the curve?

SHOES THAT CURVE UP at the front (for toe spring) mean your foot muscles do not have to work as hard on push-off as they will if you wear flatter-soled shoes, says a new study1 But less work means less muscular effort – and muscles that aren’t used get weaker. The study didn’t prove this design made the foot weaker or more susceptible to injury, but there may cause for concern, says running coach and RW columnist Sam Murphy. ‘Toe spring places the toes in prolonged extension, which may overstress structures under the foot, such as the ligaments and plantar fascia. Many of today’s shoes have thick, inflexible soles that make toe spring a necessity. But if you wear thinner-soled, more flexible shoes, you’ll roll forward without toe spring and…