Stryd footpod running power meter

Stryd Footpod Review (2020) – how using Stryd improved my running

The Stryd running power meter is a high end lightweight running footpod that claims to improve training and racing effectiveness. It measures a number of key running metrics, whilst also providing valuable insights into your training and running form. But how useful is the Stryd footpod? Is it worth the cost? And more importantly will …

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How to improve distance running performance

How to consistently improve your running performance

We all run with the purpose of improving something: whether that’s to improve our health, improve fitness, lose weight or to improve our race times. Yet, achieving consistent improvements in our running isn’t easy.  The problem is training progression is never constant. Sometimes we improve. sometimes we don’t. And, often it it can feel like …

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Race day nutrition for runners

Why endurance runners should practice race day nutrition in training

Whilst runners naturally focus a lot of attention on endurance running sessions, often less attention is placed on practising race day nutrition in the build to important long-distance races such as marathons, or ultra marathons.  As an endurance athlete you’ll know the importance of using good nutrition strategies to maximise running performance. Whether this takes the …

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Running Cadence - how important is it?

Running Cadence – how important is it?

Running cadence is often considered as key to efficient running technique. It’s one of many factors that affect running performance – VO2max, running efficiency, lactate threshold, muscular endurance, strength and power. Yet at its simplest, there are only two metrics that ultimately determine running pace: stride length and running cadence. It’s an unbreakable law of …

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High VO2max Running

Athletes with higher VO2max require shorter recoveries during interval training

There has been a large amount of research looking at the effects of different interval training sessions. Most of this has looked at the effects of factors such as intensity, duration, volume, and recovery periods (active recovery, passive recovery, work to rest ratio etc). Whilst this has given us great insights into how to structure …

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Active recoveries intervals

Passive vs active recovery during interval training

It’s well established that interval training is a great way to improve endurance exercise performance with many coaches putting a lot of thought into the speed, duration and volume of an interval session. However, less thought is often put into the importance of the recoveries between intervals and how this affects the overall intensity of …

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Using foam rollers to speed recovery, reduce DOMS and improve performance

Foam rollers are often used to stretch and release the muscle tightness and trigger points/knots that can build up following prolonged repetitive or intense training sessions. They are particularly useful for deep tissue massage which helps to break down soft tissue adhesions, scar tissue, trigger points and releases the tightness between the muscles and the …

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Strength training benefits endurance athletes

Maximizing the benefits of strength training for endurance athletes

Whilst it’s clear that strength training provides a great benefit to endurance athletes, it can be difficult to incorporate strength training into an endurance training program without causing some disruption to the existing program. This disruption can be minimised, to an extent, by ensuring you perform strength training a couple of days before interval training, …

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Strength Training – Why it’s important for Endurance Athletes

It always surprises me how few endurance athletes utilise strength training as part of their overall endurance training program. This is unfortunate since there is a large amount of scientific research supporting the benefits of strength training for endurance athletes. Before taking a look at the benefits of strength training for endurance athletes I’ll start …

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Triathlon training: High intensity bike intervals improve cycling and running performance in triathletes

High intensity interval training has been traditionally used as means of improving cycling time trial performance, in fact a large number of research studies have clearly demonstrated improved time trial performance following a period of high intensity interval training. Recent research published in the European Journal of Sport Science (Etxebarria et al., 2013) found that …

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