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Menopause and running

Menopause and Performance: Navigating Hormonal Changes

Age doesn’t have to be a barrier to success in endurance sport. As women hit their forties and beyond, hormone changes during the peri-menopause and menopause can affect our body shape, performance, mind and soul – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Female athletes can achieve amazing performances in their forties plus, this October for World Menopause month we’ll show you how. Last year, Joan Benoit Samuelson 40 years after her record-setting 2:35:15 at the Boston Marathon took on the course again with the hope of finishing within 40 minutes of her original time. She succeeded, with a

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Four Tips to Avoid Burnout and Ensure Training and Race Day Success

Autumn is often a time when we reset after a busy summer and set ourselves new race goals. But read this before you enter anything to ensure race day happiness Six months of lockdown, working from home (some with kids in tow), no holiday abroad and races cancelled, this September has seen an explosion in race sign ups in a bid to escape the inertia. In the desire to get out in the fresh air, have a target after being so long without a training motivation, thousands of us have entered endurance events that leave us little time to train.

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Four Essential Tips for Trail Running Recovery

Taking to the trails opens up a little slice of adventure in your day to day life. Small wonder it becomes so addictive but with it taking more effort it’s even more important to heed recovery strategies… Build your strength ‘Huh?‘ you may be thinking. ‘That’s not recovery.’ Strength work is a vital component of trail running as it keeps you efficient on the trails so you don’t overwork – and therefore injure yourself. It doesn’t need to take hours of training, just short, simple kettlebell or plyometric type exercises can reap big rewards both in making it feel easier

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How to develop a winning mindset

We chatted to sports psychologist, Dr Josephine Perry on our Instagram Live Chat series about how to develop a winning mindset – and staying motivated without races in 2020 How do you improve your mindset so that you can improve your ability to feel uncomfortable but still push through in training or racing? A lot of it comes down to motivation, which many of us are struggling with at the moment because the key determinants of our motivation are your goals, and Covid 19 has wiped out all the races. It’s much easier to get on the treadmill if you

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What’s the difference between a tempo and an interval run?

Confused about the difference? Here, GRTW Head Honcho of online running programmes, Tara Shannahan explains and how it can make you a faster runner Interval Run An Interval run is when you run fast for an interval of time, then allow the body to partially recover and then repeat.  Why do we run intervals? The purpose of these runs are to train our VO2 max, which means the maximum amount of oxygen your body can process to fuel your run. Your VO2 max is determined by two things – the ability of your heart to pump oxygenated blood around the

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11 life positive tips for getting through Covid-19

Feeling anxious and out of control due to the corona pandemic? Katherine O’Hara, 43, life coach, mum of two and former professional Ironman athlete, gives her tips on how to survive the uncertainty positively Having never experienced a pandemic like the Corona virus in my lifetime, all I know is that, much like an endurance event we are going to have to pace ourselves and break it down into steps that we know that we can achieve. The only difference is, we do not know where the finish line will be and that line keeps moving. The challenge is different

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How to keep strong and motivated during Covid-19

With events being cancelled and talk of gym closures, it can be easy to lose perspective. Here’s our guide to staying strong, mentally and physically with online training options during the coming weeks and months of uncertainty Change your target event From London to Paris, Manchester to Madrid, the big name road races have all been cancelled, along with many Ironman 70.3 races. We’re sure more will follow suit, but that doesn’t mean you have to panic. We all like to have goals to keep ourselves motivated, and we’ve been working hard with our remote clients across the UK and

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How to pace others to a Parkrun PB

Alongside the This Girl Can campaign, to get more women to Parkrun this International Women’s Day 2020, we are on a mission to provide some all-female pacing teams. How many times has Parkrun helped you over the years, either to get started running, to achieve a personal best, to help you achieve the final tempo part of a long marathon run or a brick session for triathlon? Whilst Parkrun encourages both inclusivity and participation, it is also a great training method for performance. So, this International Women’s Day come and join Girls Run the World to celebrate, by running in

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5 essential tips for racing in bad weather

In an ideal world, we’d be able to run in wind-free, rain-free conditions. But if you’re racing in the northern hemisphere, it’s best to be prepared… Layer up before the race Wear layers to the start line, (clothes that you don’t mind throwing away during the race to be collected for charity) so that you stay warm. Then you can take layers off as you warm up. Think about things that you can unzip, rather than have to take over your head which will be hard as you start running hard. Arm sleeves You get some great arm sleeves from

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