Ever heard of competitive stranger syndrome?

Thud, thud. Huff, puff, Thud, thud, Grunt. Many of us have experienced it – the unwelcome sound of footsteps gaining on you, then that sideways ‘Beat you!’ glance as they pass. As you resist the urge to proclaim; ‘Hang on buster, I’m on a training run! (or a treadmill!) – this isn’t a race! And by the way, I’ve just run xx sodding miles!’,  you might wonder what has got this guy or gal’s goat. The usual suspect is, more often than not, a relatively new runner or weekend warrior, whose ego is disproportionately tied up with running as fast

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

Get inspiration for your race list for 2020 and beyond with our pick of this week’s sea-salty bucket races… The Purbeck Running Festival  If you like your coast on the rugged side, head to the Jurassic Coast for The Purbeck Running Festival and soak up the area’s spectacular history and landscapes – not to mention a few erm, big hills.  With over 3,000 foot elevation in the marathon route, this s not for faint-hearted, (if you go for the Ultra distance, you’ll climb over 7000 feet – that’s over 1 ½ times the height of Ben Nevis!) But with views

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3 reasons why you should use a kettlebell if you’re a female runner/triathlete

Nowadays, most female runners and triathletes understand the importance of strength training.  When it comes to kettlebells though, many baulk, anxious about it’s look, the movement pattern and potential impact on the back, along with not quite knowing what to do with it. But put that all to one side, because the kettlebell is the best bit of kit for women training for endurance running and triathlon, not just for the huge benefits it brings but for the fact that it saves SO much time.  In brief, a proper swing involves holding the kettlebell by its handle in both hands

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Run Foraging: The ultimate mind switch off

Autumn is one of the best times for foraging runs, where you can head off around your city or up on the trails with a backpack and return laden with this season’s fantastic fruits. From crab apples to the sweet, tart taste of an English apple, and from blackberries to figs, mushrooms to sloe berries, it is amazing what you can find once you look out for them. And that’s true whether you live in the city or the country. In fact, a great resource to find things in London are the Fallen Fruit maps, created by Californian based artists,

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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: 2 Bucket List Race Destinations

This weekend there are some cracking events for your running bucket list from the Ladakh Ultra to the Lima Half Marathon. But our pick of the crop for this weekend are races that sum up ice and fire! First up, is the Petra Marathon in Jordan, which starts in the ancient city of Petra, and takes you past incredible tombs, mountainside carvings and caves before venturing into the lunar-like landscapes of the Jordanian desert. There’s also a half if you aren’t a fan of overly hot running for 26.2 miles. For slightly cooler but as spectacular surroundings, this weekend also

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5 Ways to Return to Running Fitness Successfully

After the long hazy days of summer with no training structure, it can be tempting to rush back to running and overdo it. STOP! First, read our guide to getting back to race sharpness swiftly, safely and without adding stress to an already busy life. Words & Pictures: Sarah Shaw As we dash around, dusting off our work-life juggling skills, getting kids sorted for school while attempting to relocate our hole-free work tights from the back of drawers, it will hit many of us how much we’ve let our running fitness go. But there’s no need to panic, as the new season is a

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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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