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Incorporating cycling training into your routine can improve your running performance, according to research cited in the Journal of Conditioning and Research. The number of people turning to running as a regular form of exercise and activity has gradually risen over the last decade. In Australia, over 4.9 million or 25...
So, you’ve got the running bug and now you want to see how you can progress? Well, before you can consider breaking the sub-four-minute barrier, there are some things that you need to take into consideration. Training as a runner can often lead to a pretty packed schedule, so finding...
If you’re a long-distance runner, chances are you or someone you know has contracted athlete’s foot at some point in their career. In fact, athlete’s foot is such a common fungal infection that 15 to 25 percent of that general population is estimated to have it at any one...
Whether you’re training for an upcoming marathon or just want to increase your speed and mileage for your own sake, it’s very easy for runners to fall into the trap of overtraining. When running is a big part of your life, it’s hard to recognize when you’re doing more than...
Training Diaries: to write or not to write? - A column by Mark Tucker “I would consider my diary serves the same purpose as going for a walk or a run. They are all physical ways of clearing a mental landscape.” (Chet Faker) I recently visited the house I grew up...
At some point in their lives, approximately 80 percent of people will experience back pain. Some people, like runners, are highly susceptible to back pain -- in fact, one study showed that more than 50 percent of runners reported having a history of back pain. Runners can experience back pain...
Sports Hernias Hit Commonwealth Athletes By Jackie Edwards As the 2018 Commonwealth Games came to an end last month, the successes and medal achievements will be celebrated long after the games. However, like many sporting events, there have been significant injuries during the games, and even before the games some athletes with...
When most people think of muscle strengthening for runners, they think first about the muscles in the legs -- the quadriceps, the hamstrings, and even the calves. While it is, of course, important for these muscle groups to be strong and mobile, it’s also important for runners to focus on...
By Mark Tucker - Runner's Tribe “Strenuous exercise should not be taken until two and a half to three hours after eating” (C.W.H. Grant – The Australian Amateur – October 1951) How much? How long before? And what should we eat (and drink) before a race and before we train? These...
"Get over it.  If you have a bad workout or a bad race, allow yourself exactly 1 hour to stew about it, then move on.”   -  Steve Scott Note: This is part 1 of a 2 part series.  Part 1 looks into Steve Scott’s training during the later stages of his...
                             
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