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5 Tips to Run Faster Most of us run, not to see ourselves perform worse, but with the hope, we can gradually improve our speed and endurance for our next Parkrun, marathon or ultra. The purpose of these tips is to provide you with a framework to help improve your running. But remember, you cannot increase your load too quickly, or you're unfortunately at risk of a variety of overuse injuries. Tip 1: Remember the 80/20 Rule For most of us, it sounds crazy to think the benefits of running slow, and at a greater volume, include improved aerobic capacity,...

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Are there any benefits in wearing compression sleeves? If you're a runner, you undoubtedly have come into contact with someone who wears compression sleeves as part of their running and recovery. Some brands and runners go as far as saying they will support your recovery from shin splints. But do they actually work? What are calf compression sleeves? Also referred to as "compression socks", calf compression sleeves are compression garments designed to be worn during running, as part of your recovery or both. The theory behind these garments is to provide graduated compression, meaning higher compression at the ankle that...

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The Benefits of Stair Running Improve your Vo2 Max Think of any training montage involving running, and you'll likely see a monumental stair climb. The plyometric motion you go through when climbing stairs strengthens the same muscles as lunges and squats. The added exertion also makes you breathe heavier, and your heart pumps faster as you work against gravity. A study conducted on sedentary (inactive) people who walked upstairs a couple of times per day, in a controlled environment, saw a 17% improvement in their Vo2 Max. It isn't the best reference for runners who are already active. Think about...

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Tibial Stress Fractures in Runners "You've got a stress fracture" is probably one of the worst things you can hear as a runner—no more running; immobilisation; and in some cases, crutches. We already know that taking running away from a runner, even for a short period, can cause mental anguish. Irrespective of the runners high, running is a chance to get out, listen to some music, hit the concrete and decompress. What are tibial stress fractures? Are you at risk? What does it feel like? These are common questions we will try to address in this blog post briefly. What...

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Our Top 4 Running Podcasts Podcasts are perfect for runners, particularly during those long, arduous runs. While some make still prefer to get lost in their music, there is simply nothing better for those looking to absorb new knowledge about the world. Perhaps you could try reading a novel as you run; maybe not? With more than 500,000 active podcasts available for you to listen to, where do you start? We have picked some of our favourite running podcasts that should give you a great place to begin. While we love plenty of podcasts, we chose these as our top...

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