Category: TRAINING

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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How learning to recover made me a stronger ultra runner

Georgina Smith, 34, a chef lives in Chamonix with husband, Dan Fitzgerald. She reveals how pulling out of the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, a 72 mile ultra race in September 2018 eventually led to a podium place When you train for a mountain ultra with 10 summits over 4000 metres, it puts the fear of god into you so you train hard! The race had been created by Lizzy Hawker, record five-time winner of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, who had used the trails around Monte Rosa, which lie between Italy and Switzerland to train for the UTMB.  Renowned

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Create your own at home gym

As increasing numbers of us are forced to work from home or self-isolate, here’s our pick of the best gear to create your own at home gym for under £50. Join us for our online workouts via Facebook or Instagram stories Suspension Trainers This is a great piece of kit, which you can use for an all over body workout, both for strength and aerobic workouts. You will need to attach it, whether you insert a metal hoop in a wall or doorframe, or use a tree in the garden. But it is worth it. Use it for pull ups

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NEWS RELEASE – Championing female endurance coaches and experts

Nowadays, there are increasing numbers of women who are entering the world of coaching within running, swim run, and triathlon. Yet their voices and experience are still in the minority. Girls Run the World are set to change this Over the last decade, the number of recreational female athletes participating in endurance events such as marathons, ultra marathons, swim run and triathlon has exploded. And with that, the number of female coaches in these areas is slowly growing. Yet female coaching voices are still in the minority. And those that are working within the business are rarely heard. Media outlets

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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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Are you a mind or soul athlete?

Being aware of what drives you, will help you to plan and choose which are the right types of events to enter and the best way to train for them If you were to think of well known athletes, who would you think of who is someone who is a mind athlete, someone who pushes through using the power of the mind, who is probably always breaking down the numbers in their head, driven by the statistics? And on the flip-side, who looks like they do it for the heart-pumping, lung-burning joy of it? Paula Radcliffe and Chrissie Wellington are

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5 Ways to Build Bulletproof Good Habits

When it comes to embracing a life of healthy habits, forget willpower or having to ‘stick’ to anything. It’s all about finding your why…and rigging your environment! Discover your trigger, behaviour and reward Figure out these three things, and then set your home or work space up, so that your trigger is always visible if it is a positive thing, or hidden if it’s for negative behaviour such as eating lots of biscuits in the afternoon. For instance, when it comes to running, or working out regularly, your trigger could be a training plan pasted to your fridge door, or

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