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GRTW Runderlust – this weekend’s bucketlist races

Running is as much about exploring new spaces and cultures as personal bests and fitness. We bring you our pick of this weekend’s bucket list race destinations from around the world Great Ethiopia Run  Why travel all that way for a 10k, you may be asking? Because Ethiopia is an incredible country to visit for its food, culture and people. Not to mention, that it has spawned some of the best runners the world has ever seen.  Girls Run the World even got to meet some of them when we took a small group tour there in 2018. Yes, we

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GRTW Runderlust: this weekend’s bucket list races from around the world

With a half marathon that also affords a fabulous sunny weekend away in Porto, renowned for port wine, excellent wine bars on rooftops, delicious seafood and slow strolls through cobbled streets what more could you want? Whether you’re looking for a fast race or simply the chance to explore, the Porto half caters for all, with well regulated start pens – and you can even get a shower at the end. For more details visit Hyundai Porto Half Marathon . For information about Porto, visit Porto and the North website.    Ston Wall Marathon Quite afford to fly to China for

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Science of the core: 3 of the best core exercises for female runners

Think core and most people think of it as just the rippling (or not) six pack muscles. Or if you’ve done some Pilates, maybe you’ll have heard about the TVA – the transverse abdominal muscle, which helps to create a corset-like affect and helps to protect your back. But the core is much more than this, it’s your internal and external obliques, your back muscles, pelvic floor, TVA,  six pack, and even your butt.  The best way to think of the core and why it’s so important, according to the American College of Sports Medicine is to think of it

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Runderlust – this weekend’s bucket list race destinations

From running through the Fjords of Norway to the sultry hot streets of Ecuador, these races have piqued our interest This weekend’s runderlust choices have one thing in common, they all start in the evening. Finland is known as the land of the midnight sun because of the long hours of sunshine in the summer months – up to 19 hours, which means that it’s only really dark for a few hours per day. Which makes it the perfect race destination for the KnarvikMila, a weekend of races taking place in Bergen, the gateway to the Fjords. On Friday, try

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Why you need a strong core for running & triathlon

Forget just adding volume to improve your running, the key to injury-free improved performance lies in your core which is even more important if you’re a mum or hitting your forties  When it comes to the core,  most people still tend to assume that these are the tummy muscles that make you look good – the six pack on men and those Instagram-worthy abs that you see on female fitness influencers. But this is not your core. Core muscles relate to the muscles of the trunk, which include the obliques, the back muscles, pelvic floor, the TVA – all of

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Ten Tips to Having your own run packing adventure

While we love the structure of training for a goal, sometimes adding a spoonful of adventure can create a magical experience  Nowadays, run-packing – self-supported running adventures where you carry your own pack and sleep wherever you get to – are no longer the sole preserve of amazing adventuresses like Anna McNuff. Whether you’re a mum with young kids eager to reclaim your pre-kid identity and have an adventure, an urban runner who wants to escape the city without it costing the earth, or simply someone who has trained for something big and is looking for something unstructured and fun,

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Runderlust Marathon Inspiration

Every weekend, we bring you details of some of the most runderlust races around the world  If you live in the UK, it can sometimes seem like marathon races all but stop in the summer. But this is when some of the most interesting races begin to happen elsewhere in the world.  If you’re a true girl that runs the world, and love travelling as much as you love running or triathlon, then here’s some races to whet your appetite. They’re all part of the accredited Association of International Marathons Association, so they’re good races, well organised.  Fancy somewhere in

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How to get a place at the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc

This weekend is the grand dame of ultra racing, the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, a 170km race which in over 10,000 metres of climbing, starting in the beautiful French ski resort of Chamonix.  Why do it? For the sheer beauty of the event, the incredible atmosphere and the challenge that sees you going from tiny mountain villages and high altitude passes where snow still clings to the rocks and supporters cheer you on, to rocky trails under a starlit sky where there is nothing but your own tired mind willing you to carry on and finish the race. The fastest

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Four Ways to Improve your Running Technique

Here at Girls Run the World, we really love the NowTV show, Little Big Lies.  And it’s great that we see the three main female leads, played by Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Jane Chapman running, particularly the scene in Series One where they all run down the beach together. It illustrates the solidarity, support and mental space that running brings, particularly when you go out for a run with friends. But…and we hate to say it, you can also learn a lot from this clip about how NOT to run if you want to move with good technique.  

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