Running guides

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Gear

Gear

All things running gear - including shoes, watches, jackets, and bags.

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Injury

Injury

How to avoid injury, recover quickly, and return to running.

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Inspiration

Inspiration

Running books, podcasts, routes, and ideas to give you that extra spring in your step.

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Nutrition

Nutrition

How to eat healthily to maximise training benefit and improve your overall fitness.

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Racing

Racing

How to prepare, how to execute, and how to bring it home.

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Training

Training

How to approach your running training to go harder, faster, for longer.

β€ŒLatest guides

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β€Œβ€ŒSix ways to get the most out of your running shoes
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β€ŒSix ways to get the most out of your running shoes

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Buying the right running shoes is important if you want to stay injury free, perform as well as you can, and run comfortably. Running shoes should be an investment, and one you are going to need to look after. Most running shoes will cost in the region of Β£100 and [...]

β€Œβ€ŒFast parkruns for a PB
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β€Œ10 super fast parkruns to nail a new personal best

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To call parkrun an institution would be an understatement. The free weekly 5k timed run that started in the UK in 2004 is now enjoyed by over a quarter of a million people globally every Saturday morning (global pandemics allowing). We’re spoiled for choice for parkrun venues in the UK, [...]

β€Œβ€ŒSeven nutritious products to fuel your way to success
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β€ŒSeven nutritious products to fuel your way to success

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Getting your nutrition right is a key part of the game in running races, especially if you are going for a half marathon or longer distance. You have to consider how much you need for your distance and pace, as well as how to carry it, and everything should be [...]

β€Œβ€Œ10 ways to run your best half marathon
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β€Œ10 ways to run your best half marathon

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You are ready to up the distance and commit to your first half marathon, or you’re ready to run your best ever half in a faster time. Wherever you are in your running journey, there are always ways to tweak your half marathon. Here are our tips to make yours [...]

β€Œβ€ŒSix natural nutrition ideas for real running success
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β€ŒSix natural nutrition ideas for real running success

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There are thousands of running nutrition products on the market (see our favourites here), but for some purists, especially the peculiar breed that is the ultra runner, natural is best. Ultra marathon running (anything over a marathon) requires you to have a real handle on your fuelling strategy to ensure [...]

β€Œβ€ŒFive home workouts for runners
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β€ŒFive home workouts for runners

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It shouldn’t take a pandemic to get us all thinking about how best to work out at home, but during the Covid-19 pandemic, that’s what happened. Purchases of home gym equipment like kettlebells, mats and treadmills soared as many desperately sought ways to stay fit during the lockdown. Here we [...]

β€Œβ€ŒSeven tips for making the step up to marathon running
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β€ŒSeven tips for making the step up to marathon running

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So you think you want to run a marathon? The step up to 26.2 miles is one that can be as daunting as it is exciting. Marathon running is on the up, and you don’t have to wait to get a place in a big city race to run the [...]

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β€ŒHow to tell when your running shoes need replacing

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One of the easiest ways to pick up a running injury is by running in shoes which are past their effective life. But running shoes are expensive, and if your mileage is high, the cost (and environmental impact) of constantly replacing them quickly adds up. So what, I hear you [...]

β€Œβ€ŒSix money saving ideas for runners
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β€ŒSix money saving ideas for runners

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Running is often seen as a free and relatively accessible sport for all. All you really need to be able to run is a decent pair of trainers and the will to go out and do it. But with an ever increasing opportunity to buy kit, a growing range of [...]

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β€Œ10 ways to run better 10ks

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The 10k is a classic distance for any runner. For many, venturing into the world of racing 6.2 miles comes at the start of their running journey, due to the many 10k races in the calendar, but it’s also an ever-present for runners who have been doing this for a [...]

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β€ŒHow to increase your running mileage without getting injured

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Increasing the number of miles that you run per week is arguably the most reliable way of improving your performance as a runner. But it’s also one of the most common causes of injury in runners. As you increase the amount of strain you put on your body, if you [...]

β€Œβ€ŒClean running shoes
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β€ŒThe seven things to check before buying new running shoes

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Running really is just one foot in front of the other – add whatever enhancements you like, but the main thing you really need to get right in your kit is your trainers. Getting the right pair of running shoes can be the key difference between running your personal best, [...]

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β€ŒFive of the world’s best running podcasts

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Podcasts give us a feeling of companionship and route to inspiration that takes up much less time and concentration than reading a book. We can also take them out on the run! Here are some of our favourites.

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β€ŒFive reasons to join a running club

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For a little too long, running clubs were seen to have something of an exclusive, even elite membership. The rise of running in the last decade, helped in the UK by the phenomenon that is parkrun, has seen a surge in running club memberships, from traditional competitive athletics clubs to [...]

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β€ŒFive ways to run a faster 5k

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Many runners start with 5k, thanks in no small way to parkrun and couch to 5k programmes. But as we pursue longer (or shorter) races and faster times, how much time do we spend trying to nail that 5k personal best? We’ve put together some tips to get you faster [...]

β€Œβ€ŒStrength and conditioning equipment
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β€ŒSix strength and conditioning moves to up your running game

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It might surprise you to read that one of the best ways to achieve a new PB doesn’t involve running. Strength and conditioning, a form of additional, functional training, will get you stronger and let you run longer as it helps you to fight off injury. You don’t need a [...]

β€Œβ€ŒFive tips for running safely in the dark
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β€ŒFive tips for running safely in the dark

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Busy schedules, family life and the preponderance of Spring marathons can mean that in Autumn and Winter months of training, we are often out there in the dark. Running gives us escape, thinking time and routine, and running in the dark shouldn’t take any of those things away. Being aware [...]

β€Œβ€ŒSix ways to avoid running injuries
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β€ŒSix ways to avoid running injuries

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Getting injured can be part of who we are as runners, but it shouldn’t come to define our identity. There are ways you can adapt your training and lifestyle to carry on running injury free for longer, meaning you can have less disruption and hopefully better results. Here are our [...]

β€Œβ€ŒRunning books
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β€ŒThe books every runner should read

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Because running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other, we’ve compiled a list of the books that every runner should read.

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β€ŒHow to return from injury like a boss

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Getting injured sucks. Returning from injury is exciting, especially if you’ve had a long lay off from running. Here are our top tips for a comeback that’s safe and will have you running better than ever.