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A column by Len Johnson No doubt about it: ask any athlete what is the biggest thing in an Olympic year – even an Olympic year which wasn’t going to be an Olympic year until the Covid-postponement made it one, and they will almost certainly reply: “the Olympic Games”. Every athlete...
Written by Callen Goldsmith (science graduate and avid runner) You need fast to spell fasted, so fasting should make you faster right? It only makes sense that this is the case. Why would they even write the word like that if it didn’t? So, if you’re faster by fasting, how fast...
‘El Caballo’ The Training of Alberto Juantorena © 2021 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved “The secret to being a good runner is that you must sacrifice your life for it. You must train hard; eat well, with not too many parties and not too much sex. You must have a lot of...
A column by Len Johnson This columnist has always been a big fan of the Rampaging Roy Slaven and H.G. Nelson observation that “too much sport is barely enough”. But, I wonder, what about when five of the world’s biggest marathons – Berlin, London, Chicago, Boston and New York – are...
I checked the impression that 2021 has been a good year for Australian records by reviewing the pace of national record-breaking in recent years. The figures seem to confirm the impression: Eight athletes set a total of 14 Australian records in 2021, a higher figure for both number of record-breakers and number of records than for any of the previous three years.
Written by Callen Goldsmith (science graduate and avid runner). Remember back to when I was talking about protein? I briefly touched on gut microbiota, but since there’s at least as many of them as our own body cells if not more, they probably deserve their own article or two. The gut...
This year sees a very classy field. In the men's we have a number of the all-time fastest marathoners competing. Favourite for the race would be Birhanu Legese, who was second behind Kenenisa Bekele in his epic near world record in Berlin two years ago, where he ran 2.02.48. Part of the Jos Hermens stable of elite runners, he is very much a marathon specialist. He hasn't done much at major championship level, but has some very fast times under his belt and is consistent. 
The London Marathon was the brainchild of 1956 Olympic steeplechase champion, Chris Brasher, who had witnessed the success of the New York, Boston and Chicago marathons in the US, and saw the potential of a mass-participation running events and set his sights on producing something special - both for British and international elite athletes, and the running community at large.
Hi everyone, my name is Joe Burgess and I’m a steeplechaser/mid-distance/distance runner from Sydney. It’s a privilege to be asked to contribute to Runners Tribe and to be able to share a snapshot of my training. Hopefully, I can help educate and inspire a number of you to improve...
As I write this, I’m on a plane to Los Angeles about to begin the next chapter of my life at college in the US. It’s a strange point in my running journey as I’m about to experience big changes in coaching and training, but I’m grateful for the...