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How To Increase Running Mileage Safely: Finding The Sweet Spot

How To Increase Running Mileage Safely. Part 2: Finding The Sweet Spot In this blog I will outline how to manage training load and find the sweet spot to improve readiness to train and reduce the risk of injury. If you haven’t yet read part 1 then I’d recommend you head back and read it before moving on to this blog. You can read it here. Finding the ‘sweet spot’ We know that a high training volume is supportive of…

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How to: Increase Running Mileage Without Getting Injured

How to: Increase Running Mileage Without Getting Injured Part 1: Monitoring your training load How to increase running mileage? It’s the age-old problem. How much is too much? With running we inevitably want to run faster or further but doing so often leads to injury or illness. This then requires a step back in training and progress is often lost. As a runner you want to do your best to avoid this. So how do you get the balance right?…

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How To Get Faster By Running Slower

How To Get Faster By Running Slower Want to know how to get faster by running slower? Part 2 of the ‘Physiology of Endurance Training’ blog series covers the different types of running training you should be doing and why. If you’ve not read part 1; ‘The Core Components of Endurance Training’, I’d suggest heading there now and coming back here later. Now we know what factors constitute successful endurance performance (if you don’t, head to the previous blog by…

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The Core Components Of Successful Endurance Performance

The Core Components Of Successful Endurance Performance In order to produce a successful endurance performance, you must first establish an effective training plan. In this blog I am going to discuss the basic physiology that underpins endurance exercise and the factors that contribute to successful endurance performance. Having this understanding is an important first step in executing a successful performance; whether it be run, bike, ski, row or swim. But first, back to school… When we undertake endurance exercise the predominant…

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How To: Progress Your Strength Workouts

How To: Progress Your Strength Workouts There are three important principles of training that I consider when planning strength workouts. Is it getting harder over time? This is the principle of progressive overload. Will it move the person towards their goal? This is specificity. Am I allowing adequate recovery for adaptation to take place? This is the principle of recovery; and it’s a balancing act as giving too much leads to reversibility (when you lose your gains). In this blog…

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How To: Balance Running Training With Strength Training

How To: Balance Running Training With Strength Training Concurrent training is when you manage strength training alongside running training. It is an effective way to bolster endurance performance but getting the balance right between the two needs some consideration. In this blog I will discuss the general consensus for how to programme concurrent training for runners, including why it is beneficial and some common concerns. First of all, it is important to consider what determinants constitute endurance running performance.  These…

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How To Maximise Your Strength Training: 11 Tips for Runners

How To Maximise Your Strength Training: 11 Tips for Runners So you’ve decided you want to focus some time and energy into getting stronger. But where should you start with strength training? The internet is a confusing place; and when confronted by an abundance of information we often procrastinate because there’s too much choice and we don’t want to get it wrong. Here are 11 Tips to Maximise your Strength Training: 1. Include single-leg strength work  Running is basically single-leg…

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Strength Exercises For Runners

What Are The Best Strength Exercises For Runners? Before we get started on the best strength exercises for runners; a reminder…  Why Is Strength Training Important For Runners? This is an excerpt from a blog I wrote titled ‘Strength training and how it can help your running’.  Running is a sport that requires training because it places high loads on the tissues. Strength training can boost the load bearing capacity of the tissues, increasing the amount of force the tissue…

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How To And Why You Should Perform A Running Warm Up

How To And Why You Should Perform A Running Warm Up Before I talk to you about running warm ups I want to tell you a quick story. James (my boyfriend) beat me in a hill sprint a few weekends ago. Every Saturday we do hill sprints together. It’s fun, we get competitive and it’s a hard session. I usually win (because I’m a sprinter) which is added fun for me – I am super competitive.  However, last weekend he…

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Single-Leg Squat: An Exercise Tutorial

Can You Squat Single Legged? Running is repeated single leg impacts. Therefore, it makes sense to supplement your runs with single leg strength work to ensure your tissues and joints can handle the load of running. One exercise that should be in every runners repertoire is the single-leg squat. The single-leg (SL) squat is a tough, tough exercise but one that packs a punch and is excellent for single-leg strength and stability. It is great for runners because it requires…

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