Why do Kenyans dominate long distance running?

Mary Keitany of Kenya won her third London Marathon this year, while fellow Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru, won the men’s race in 2:05:48. It’s no real surprise that Kenyan long distance runners once again dominated. For the last 15 years, the male winners have all come from East Africa (12 from Kenya, three from Ethiopia). The East African woman have been just as dominant too, in the last 8 years all the winners have been born in Kenya or Ethiopia, but why?

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Running Flow: how to get in ‘the zone’, destroy more PRs

Ask any serious runner and they’ll tell you that being mentally sound is vital to success in the sport. The ability to enter a flow state of mind is something that Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has devoted his entire career to understanding.

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Strength and conditioning training to improve your 5k run time

Strength and conditioning training to improve your 5k run time

It’s no wonder the 5k is one of the most popular race distances. For newcomer’s to running it’s a good first test and for the initiated it’s a chance to really let rip. Novice or pro, if you’ve been trying to improve your 5k time the latest research suggests you may want to skip a run and head for the gym.

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Post run recovery – Do you need protein?

The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism published by Human Kinetics has examined whether carbohydrate-protein ingestion influences muscle glycogen metabolism during short-term recovery from exhaustive treadmill running and subsequent exercise.

Six endurance-trained individuals underwent two trials in a randomised double-blind design, each involving an initial run-to-exhaustion at 70% VO2max (Run-1) followed by 4-hour recovery and subsequent run-to-exhaustion at 70% VO2max (Run-2).

Beverages were ingested at 30-min intervals during recovery, one group had a drink consuming carbohydrate-protein (0.8 g carbohydrate·kg body mass [BM-1]·h-1 plus 0.4 g protein·kg BM-1·h-1) this we will call CHO-P. The other had isocaloric carbohydrate (1.2 g carbohydrate·kg BM-1·h-1) which we will call CHO.

The results found that the addition of protein did not alter muscle glycogen utilisation or time to fatigue during repeated exhaustive running.

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