Tag: injury

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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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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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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How do you cope with being injured?

It’s about this time in the Spring marathon season that injuries start cropping up. How do you manage it and what can you do to keep physically and mentally fit? Injuries inevitably happen when you are training. However, research has shown that factors including: a sudden increase in volume without a gradual progression, the wrong shoes, and a lack of strength training can all increase your risk of injury. All of these things tend to come to the fore in March, during the Spring season. You get so far. But then add volume too quickly and your calf muscles or

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Three signs of the onset of ITBS

Learn to detect the niggles of ITBS syndrome BEFORE it becomes chronic, and you could help prevent it ruining your marathon or triathlon training. We all know that we should build our stability before we add volume too quickly, wear the right trainers/right cleats and improve our running/cycling technique to help prevent runners knee. But how many of us actually do this? Not many, judging by the number of female runners and triathletes who purchase our streamed online recovery course Rehab and Return to Running for ITBS. If you are in peak training season for an event, these are signs

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Knee pain explained – and three ways to train your way out of pain

Knee pain can take many women out of action, from beginners to seasoned female athletes. Here’s what causes it and what you can do to prevent – or recover from it…. All too often, we push through knee pain, pushing it away thinking that it will go away or that the pain is just in our head. But when it turns into a persistent, dull nagging ache, sharp pain or even feels like ground glass under the kneecap, you know that the situation is going to need more than just taking ibuprofen.  Here we explain the mechanisms behind knee pain and

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How was your Easter weekend of running?

So, how did you run off the chocolate eggs this Easter?  From special Good Friday runs like the Easter Victoria Park 10km in London to the numerous Bank Holiday Monday events, there were lots of opportunities to enjoy some shorter distances runs this weekend. Frustrating though for all the marathon runners out there… you get FOUR days to fit a long run in and you’re on your taper! This was my last weekend taking it easy before my training kicks into a more intense phase for Half Ironman triathlon training and a strength phase for some autumn mountain races, including

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