How to mentally prepare for a marathon

11 April 2014, 14:18

The London Marathon will see serious runners who have physically trained for months to prepare for the legendary race, still fail to achieve the times they are capable of.

According to Julian Goater, a world-class runner and running coach, serious runners have to do more than just the physically training and must also prepare themselves psychologically and develop mental strength in order to succeed.

“All of us are physically capable of far greater feats than we think, if only we can harness the power of the mind,” says Goater. “There are a number of things we can do to make ourselves mentally stronger and to give ourselves the best chances of being psychologically fit and aggressive on the day of the race.”

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Runners recount 2013 Boston Marathon experiences

8 April 2014, 09:42

4:09:43, takes its title from the time into the 2013 Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded and is a compilation of accounts provided by those taking part.

It focuses on the accounts of 75 runners, collected through social media: blogs posted online, stories offered on Facebook and e-mails sent to the author.

The story does not end until the 23,000 participants encounter the terror on Boylston Street. “These are not 75 separate stories,” says the author. “This is one story told as it might have been by a single runner with 75 pairs of eyes.”

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Nutrition for endurance athletes

18 December 2013, 15:21

Packed with nutrition plans for middle and long-distance, ultra-endurance and multiday events, Endurance Sports Nutrition focuses on the unique nutritional needs of endurance athletes.

This comprehensive resource provides comprehensive strategies for day-to-day nutritional intake as well as sport-specific tips for executing a winning nutrition plan during an endurance event or race.

The book will help endurance athletes of all levels to benefit from high-performance eating, reach and maintain a healthy weight and stay up to date on supplements and sport foods.

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New biosensor warns athletes when they are about to ‘hit the wall’

13 August 2013, 15:15

Hitting the WallA new biosensor, applied to the human skin like a temporary tattoo, can alert marathoners, cyclists and other “extreme” athletes that they’re about to “hit the wall,” scientists are reporting.

The study, published in the journal Analytical Chemistry, describes the first human tests of the sensor, which could also help those who engage in intense exercise and their trainers, monitor stamina and fitness.

Lead researcher Joseph Wang explains that the sensor monitors lactate, a form of lactic acid released in sweat. Lactate forms when the muscles need more energy than the body can supply from the “aerobic” respiration that suffices during mild exercise.

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Running Anatomy

26 January 2010, 09:27

With Running Anatomy you can see exactly what it takes to maximise running strength, speed and endurance!

It shows you how to improve your performance by increasing muscular strength, optimising the efficiency of your running motion and minimising your injury risk.

It features 50 of the most effective strength exercises for runners, each with clear, step-by-step descriptions and full-colour anatomical illustrations highlighting the muscles in action.

Whether you’re a fitness runner looking to increase speed or strength or a competitive runner looking for that extra ounce of performance and a finishing kick, Running Anatomy will ensure that you’re ready to deliver your personal best.

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Get the edge

14 December 2009, 16:49

Elite runners have long relied on technology to analyse performance, maximise training and challenge the competitive boundaries of the sport.

Serious runners have long sought the same advantages only to be confronted with a costly and complicated process, but not any longer. Now, The Runner’s Edge is here to even things up.

The Runner’s Edge takes you inside tech-based training, from the assortment of speed and distance devices available to the advantages of tracking and analysing your results with the latest software.

With the most current research in sport and science, you’ll learn to utilise technology for more productive workouts and faster times.

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Is the triathlon too gruelling to be safe?

29 May 2009, 08:10

OPEN WATER SWIMMINGMore than 100,000 people took part in more than 700 triathlon events in the UK last year and it is one of the fastest-growing Olympic sports, but also one of the most gruelling. A series of deaths among competitors in the triathlon has raised concerns about whether the demands of the race are too great.

A record number of competitors took part in events in the UK last year, organised under the auspices of the British Triathlon Association and that total is set to be exceeded this year.

Now a study has revealed that the risk of dying in a triathlon, though low, is nearly double the risk of dying in a marathon. A study presented to the American College of Cardiology Conference showed there were 14 deaths among almost one million competitors, a rate of 1.5 per 100,000. A further four deaths occurred among non-officially recognised events.

No study has been conducted in the UK, but two deaths have occurred in recent British triathlons, one during the bike race and one involving a competitor who died after the event, while asleep. Both had heart abnormalities.

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