3 Signs You Are Training Too Hard

Sometimes the hardest part of any training plan in the lead up to a race, challenge or event is listening to our own bodies and knowing when to take it easy and when to push on. Juggling life, work, training and responsibilities is a fine balancing act and judging when we need to take it easier in training can be a minefield when we want to compete well or complete a session on a training plan. How do we know when we are genuinely doing a bit too much compared with that feeling of ‘kind of want to go for a

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BEST OPEN WATER SWIMMING GOGGLES

Goggles are an essential part of open water swimming kit. Our latest Real Women review asks our community of female swimmers what brands and models of goggles for open water swimming they most love and why Come on in, the water’s lovely. TYR Special Ops 3.0, £32 and Speedo Vanquisher 2.0, £25 – Coaches Recommendation “For marathon swims, the TYR Special Ops 3.0 available in a Femme and Normal size. I’ve worn these for up to 9 hours without a goggle mark after! Super comfortable and most swimmers I recommend them to also love them. For up to 10k or

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RUN FASTER WITH STRENGTH TRAINING

What do you think when you hear the term strength training? Hours spent in the gym with vast amounts of equipment? Another thing to fit into a busy schedule when you’d much rather be out running? We hear you! Hitting the trails or road would always be our destination of choice. But what if adding strength training into the mix could actually make you a better and faster runner? What if it meant you could go for longer and not get tired or injured (aka the holy grail of running). Sounds great right? Well, the science backs it up. A

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SIX OF THE BEST RUNNING SUNGLASSES

Sun’s out, sunglasses out! In our latest Real Women review, we round up five of the best running sunglasses as recommended by some real-life female runners. When the sun comes out, we tend to be very good at layering on the sunscreen (you do, don’t you?!) to protect our skin but what about our eyes? The radiation from the sun in the form of UV light, even on cloudy days can damage our eyes. So along with looking for sunnies to help you see well on the trails and roads as you run, opt for a brand that includes both

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Running Shoes And Sustainability

Do you think about where your latest pair of worn out running shoes goes when they are no longer fit for purpose?  It is estimated that over 90% of footwear produced will end up in landfill, often within just 12 months of being purchased and decomposition can take over 50 years. When the global pandemic hit and the world went into lockdown, planet earth seemed to have a moment to recover. Suddenly there was less traffic on the roads, no planes in the sky and for many of us, getting outside into nature became a respite from being stuck indoors,

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3 of the Best Swimming Drills

We all know that drills are important. But which ones are the best to do for triathlon and why? The Pull What is it? Swim freestyle with a pull buoy between your thighs. Why? The pull drill is good as it helps to improve your freestyle stroke by keeping your legs buoyant so you can focus on the front end of your stroke. Particularly good for runners who take up triathlon and have sinking legs! The Kick What is it? Kicking, while holding a float at arm’s length. Why? This drill isolates your legs, enabling you to practice your leg kick. Try to drive

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News Release: Choose to Challenge

On International Women’s Day, Girls Run the World announce our choose to challenge initiative to address gender disparity in three main areas, trail running, triathlon and coaching Girls Run the World was born out of a demand for a sports tech platform, that offers digital training and coaching specific to women in running and triathlon. Today, on International Women’s Day 2021 we announce our two year initiative as part of the campaign #ChooseToChallenge in the following areas. TRAIL RUNNING Our mission is to increase the numbers of women participating in trail running. Although this figure is increasing, studies ndicate that

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Get faster for park run

30 Days Get Faster Plan For ParkRun

Shave minutes off your race time and centimetres off your waistline with our 30 Day Race Shape Challenge 2021 launching 29 March How exciting is it that Parkrun returns on June 5th after over a year of hiatus? Whether you used your Saturday morning park run to run your first ever 5km, meet up with friends, as a time trial, a long marathon training run with a tempo sandwich or a run off the bike, it works well for all types of runners and triathletes and at all stages of your training journey. But we’ve all been out of practise

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Four Tips for Improving Your Cycling for Triathlon

Girls Run the World triathlon coach, Fran Bungay explains her simple tips for cycling improvement In terms of cycling for triathlon, there is a tendency to think that you have to ride with a cadence of 90-100, because that’s what pro cyclists ride at, right?  Yet they only train in cycling and most of them have been riding all their lives and so they can sit comfortably at that cadence. For most mere mortals, this cadence will send your heart rate sky high, which is not a good recipe when you have to run a half or full marathon off

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Three Reasons Why You CAN Run an Ultra

Women’s participation in trail and ultra running is renowned for being low. Here one of the GRTW ultra coaches, Lucja Leonard dispels the common worries that deter many women I could never run 50km Most runners, including the elite ultra runners walk or hike some portions of an ultra. It’s a proven method of tackling an ultra, particularly if it is a mountain one. ‘When I did the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, which is 106 miles with 10,000m ascent, I walked about 60% of it,’ explains Lucja. By hiking, you conserve energy and have the time to take on much

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