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TEMPOS FRAYED

Tempo runs have been a major part of distance training for decades. But the term ‘tempo run’ often means different things to different people, and the phrase can sometimes be so general that it stops meaning anything at all.

The confusion over the term is partly because there are a variety of popular workouts that work to improve your fitness in similar ways. You may have heard some of the names: cruise repeats, tempo repeats, steady state runs, etc.

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For the last three years running, I’ve had the same
WITH SO MANY HOURS SPENT OBSESSING OVER KIT, TRAINING
WHETHER YOU’RE A WINTER WARRIOR OR A SUMMER SPEEDSTER, THE CHANCES ARE YOU PREFER RUNNING AT A PARTICULAR TIME OF YEAR – BUT WHAT’S THE SCIENCE BEHIND OUR SEASONAL PREFERENCES?
DO YOU KNOW YOUR TEMPO RUNS FROM YOUR CRUISE REPEATS? CARL LEIVERS IS ON HAND TO CUT THROUGH THE JARGON SO YOU CAN MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SPEEDY SESSIONS
NUDGE THEORY IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH THAT INVOLVES SUBTLE, POSITIVE CHANGES IN THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE. SIMON WARD EXPLORES HOW ADOPTING THIS APPROACH CAN PUSH YOUR RUNNING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
WHEN TRAINING AND RACING, HOW HARD ARE YOU REALLY TRYING? DAVID SMYTH MEETS THE ATHLETES AND EXPERTS WHO ARGUE YOU CAN ALWAYS GIVE MORE
WHY TAKE YOUR INJURY RECOVERY LYING DOWN? RESEARCH SHOWS THAT IN ORDER TO REGAIN BOTH YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STRENGTH FASTER YOU NEED TO KEEP ON YOUR FEET
THEY’RE THE DRESS REHEARSAL RACES DESIGNED TO PREPARE YOU FOR THE MAIN EVENT. BUT, TOO OFTEN, RUNNERS GET THEM HORRIBLY WRONG. DAMIAN HALL LOOKS AT THE ART OF THE B RACE
HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING IS ALL THE RAGE BUT, SAYS DAMIAN HALL, MOST RUNNERS WOULD ACTUALLY BENEFIT FROM MORE LOW-INTENSITY RUNNING
10 WAYS TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR RUNNING AS THE SUN BEGINS TO SHINE
ISAAC WILLIAMS EXPLORES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WEIGHT AND RUNNING PERFORMANCE
WHEN IT COMES TO RUNNING, ARE YOU A LEADER OR A FOLLOWER? MICHAEL DONLEVY EXPLORES THE PROS AND CONS OF BOTH APPROACHES
NOT BLONDES OR BRUNETTES, BUT BODY TYPES; WHETHER YOU’RE TALL AND SKINNY OR SHORT AND STOCKY, YOUR TRAINING AND NUTRITION CHOICES SHOULD BE TAILORED TO YOUR GENETIC MAKEUP
WHETHER IT’S INJURY, AGE OR SIMPLY POOR FORM HOLDING YOU BACK, THERE ARE A FEW TRIED-AND-TESTED WAYS TO GET YOUR RUNNING BACK ON TRACK
MAKING MINDFULNESS A TOOL IN YOUR RUNNING ARSENAL NOT ONLY INCREASES YOUR ENJOYMENT, BUT CAN ALSO BOOST PERFORMANCE
RICK PEARSON ATTENDS BORN TO RUN’S LATEST BULLETPROOF RUNNER WORKSHOP IN A BID TO MAKE RUNNING INJURIES A THING OF THE PAST
INCREASINGLY, OUR RUNNING CHAMPIONS ARE PUTTING THEIR VICTORIES DOWN TO TRAINING WHAT’S ABOVE THEIR NECKS AS WELL AS BELOW THEM. SO IS MENTAL STRENGTH REALLY THE SECRET TO THEIR SUCCESS?
SPARE A THOUGHT FOR YOUR POOR FEET: FOR AVERAGE RUNNERS THERE’S UP TO SEVEN TIMES YOUR BODY WEIGHT PRESSING DOWN ON YOUR FEET WITH EVERY STEP. SO IT PAYS TO LOOK AFTER THEM PROPERLY. DOMINIC BLISS SHOWS YOU HOW
WITH A WEALTH OF METRICS AVAILABLE TO THE AVERAGE RUNNER, ARE WE AT RISK OF GETTING BOGGED DOWN IN DATA AND LOSING TOUCH WITH WHY WE RUN?