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YOUR USUAL: PROTEIN SHAKE

Protein shakes make a lot of promises, mainly that they’ll help you recover quicker and protect you against the lean muscle breakdown of exercise-induced catabolism. However, the most important ingredients, ie the first few listed on the label, are almost certainly whey or casein, which are proteins readily available in milk and cheese. So unless you’re really overloading yourself – the final weeks of marathon prep for example – you should be able to get enough protein from whole foods without processed sources.

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About Men's Running

While the calendar may be full of organised races and events, not everyone’s running life is dictated by competition. Goals come in many different shapes and sizes and so does the impetus to achieve them. If this issue has a theme it’s that reasons to run go way beyond simply wanting to be involved in a sport. Take for example the five blokes who used their unwanted weight-gain as a spur to getting out and reclaiming their lives (p55). Not only did they turn their health around they also found out things about themselves they never would have without running. You can also find #runspiration from your environment, whether that be the mountainous trails of Austria (p60) or the streets outside your own front door (p34). Hitting the books (and tablets, phones and laptops) is also a good way to find running inspiration. So we’ve curated our own Men’s Running library of essential reading and watching (p42), meaning you can gen up on training tips and courageous stories, while also keeping tabs on the amazing feats being performed by the professionals. Speaking of which, with athletic titans such as Mo Farah and Scott Overall entering the twilight of their careers, we look at the next generation of UK runners (p66) who’ll be inspiring people to lace up their trainers and find themselves through running. All this plus our usual mix of races, kit, recipes and training tips.

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IDYLLIC TRAILS AND HILLTOP VIEWS MAY BE ALL OVER #RUNNERSOFINSTAGRAM BUT, FOR MOST RUNNERS, DAY-TO-DAY TRAINING TAKES PLACE IN MORE BUILT-UP, URBAN ENVIRONMENTS. SUCH SETTINGS MIGHT NOT BE AS WORTHY OF SOCIAL MEDIA, BUT CITIES CAN BE THE PERFECT RUNNING PLAYGROUND – AS LONDONBASED RUNNER JAMES POOLE EXPLAINS
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Thanks to social media, keeping pace with the world’s most inspiring runners has never been easier – as long as you know who to follow. Log on, subscribe, Like or have an old-fashioned read of this lot to remind yourself why you love lacing up your trainers
CAN WHAT YOU WEAR ON YOUR FEET REALLY MAKE YOU A MORE EFFICIENT RUNNER? MR INVESTIGATES
Rob Kemp meets five guys who’ve have bucked the obesity trend to lose almost 50 stone in weight in order to improve their health, rekindle family life, take on new challenges and even become ultrarunners…
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Master meat-free with these inspiring, all-vegan recipes from Katy Beskow’s new book, 15 Minute Vegan
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RACE
Isaac Williams joins 60,000 runners for the Gothenburg Half Marathon – the ‘world’s largest’ – and asks, is its popularity justified?
Gary Dalton returns to his roots for the Connemarathon: a road-based ultramarathon on the west coast of Ireland
Jenny Bozon returns from the Lakes windswept but inspired after a blustery weekend at the Keswick Mountain Festival
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