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IT’S EASY AS HRV

TIM MAJOR EXPLORES HOW A SIMPLE, DAILY HEART-RATE VARIABILITY READING COULD CHANGE THE WAY YOU TRAIN

HEART-RATE VARIABILITY

Modern life is stressful. Many of us juggle our training with work, family, the commute, (lack of) sleep, a hurried diet and everything else that’s thrown at us. Yet, such is a runner’s mindset that it’s rare we stop to consider how these external factors might be combining to affect our recovery and ability to perform the next time we lace up.

Last year, I found out the hard way. Several doctors and specialists concluded that the incredible tiredness I was feeling was likely to be a virus and would pass with time (roughly translating to, “We don’t know what it is.”). Thankfully, performance and clinical dietitian Renee McGregor takes a holistic approach to working with athletes. When I approached her to get on top of my nutrition, she immediately flagged that the stress and time pressures I was complaining about in relation to my diet could also be contributing to my ability to recover from intense exercise. I wasn’t overtraining but, by routinely running through the fatigue caused by these external stress factors, my body was potentially overreaching.

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About Men's Running

The August issue of Men’s Running is all about running happy. As a runner, it can be easy to lose track of exactly why it is you run; it’s all too easy to get swamped by target times and the pressure to perform. Our feature on Running and Happiness looks at the many reasons we lace up our trainers – and attempts to reinforce the one overriding aim we all should have: to find a greater sense of joy. Elsewhere, the weird and wonderful world of racing is exemplified by the Beer Lovers’ Marathon: 26.2 miles of booze-fuelled fun. And, in a unique take on Baz Luhrmann’s 90’s hit ‘Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen’, resident ultra pro Robbie Britton has a heap of advice for would-be long-distance dons. Happy running!