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Featured Runner: Running 365 days a Year

Run everyday!?! For a whole year??? When the oft-asked question “how often should I run??” crops up. 365 days on the bounce is rarely the prescribed answer. But today’s featured runner is spending 2017 and 2018 doing just that. So I caught up with Molly Smith to find out why she’s decided to run a whole year with no rest day. Continue reading Featured Runner: Running 365 days a Year

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Post run stretches that make a difference

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After a hard run, it’s tempting to just collapse on the floor. Or head straight to the fridge for a rewarding beer or juice. But there’s a lot of sense in adding some post run stretches to your after-run routine. They can help improve your flexibility, comfort and performance next time you go out for a run.

Why post run stretches work

Old school thinking used to concentrate on pre-exercise stretching. But modern wisdom points out that stretching warmed up post-run muscles can be far more effective.

By targeting certain muscle groups, post run stretches can help keep you limber and even reduce the risk of injury.

The best time to do these is pretty much directly after you have completed your run. It may seem troublesome at first but the long-term benefits make it well worth it.

Which muscles should you target?

There are various post-run routines out there. But the main areas that should be given stretch treatment are the quads (along the front of the thigh), hamstrings, calfs, groin and the iband.

Again, it depends who you listen to, but each stretch should be held for 40-60 seconds to have maximum effect.

This video shows you an easy routine to follow.

How do I know if I’m doing it right?

If you are particularly inflexible, then when you stretch your hamstrings for example, you’ll experience some trembling. It’s important here not to over stretch or you risk inflicting injury on yourself.

The secret is not to expect too much in a short length of time. Consistently stretch after your runs and you’ll slowly see improvement in your flexibility.

By adopting a post run routine that includes thorough stretching, you should see some performance improvements.

If you want to see how to warm up for a run check out this post here.

Any comments about post run stretches, drop them below.

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Tapping into the Power of Virtual Running to help animals in need

Undoubtedly, the social side of running and the ‘buzz’ around race day at a big marathon or half marathon event has a lot going for it. But if you are one of those who hate being crowded out by other runners, left behind for dust, or find it hard to make the time for organised races, virtual running is a god send. Continue reading Tapping into the Power of Virtual Running to help animals in need

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Can running help depression? Kara’s story

With as many as 1 in 4 people affected in the UK (mind.org.uk), the problem of mental illness is a very real and widespread social issue. The benefits of exercise are well documented but can running help depression and play a part in the fight against the effects of anxiety?

Of course, anyone who suspects that they are suffering from mental illness should seek professional help immediately. However, today’s featured runner is Kara (or @theslimmingrunner); someone who can testify to the benefits of running.  Continue reading Can running help depression? Kara’s story

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What is the Best Charity to Donate to??

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We all want to do our bit to improve the world. It’s human nature to see the suffering around us and want to help. But whether you set up a monthly standing order to a charity or decide to do a sponsored run, you need to choose a charity organisation to support. Continue reading What is the Best Charity to Donate to??

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Born to Run for Charity- Matt and the 10k Challenge for Cancer Research UK

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There are those of us who think about running for charity, others who run for charity. And their are a certain few who were born to run for charity. Sounds a bit dramatic? Hey, this is a blog post, gotta make it  interesting!:-) Today’s featured charity runner is Continue reading Born to Run for Charity- Matt and the 10k Challenge for Cancer Research UK

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Golden couple show how to help your community and lose weight by running

There’s plenty of stuff on the internet promising the holy grail of losing weight super quick. Some of it may work, and a lot of it probably doesn’t. Lose weight by running, lose weight by dieting, lose weight with pills, lose weight by doing nothing. Continue reading Golden couple show how to help your community and lose weight by running

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Running for The Smile Train Charity

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Amy Nakai’s Running for the smile train charity. And we’re going to show you how you can (and should) help out too. This the second of our charity runners. Yet another dose of pure inspiration as Amy is someone who has gone from a seriously non-runner to an ultra-marathoner in 4 short years.  Continue reading Running for The Smile Train Charity