Tempo Hill Intervals: the best all round endurance hill running session?

Tempo Hill Interval Training

If you’re looking for a hill workout to develop aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, muscular endurance, fatigue resistance and your lactate threshold, then you can’t get much better than tempo hills. It’s a great all rounder, that works really well in the build up to key endurance races. Key benefits of Tempo Hill Intervals Develops both

How To Run Incline Treadmill Hill Workouts

Incline Treadmill Hill Workouts

Hill training should be an important part of every runners training schedule. Whilst treadmill hill workouts will never match running hills on the road, or trail running, it can be a useful alternative to hill running. May be you live in an area without any hills? Perhaps you’re prone to injuries when running on the

Short Hill Repeats: improve strength, running cadence and speed endurance

Hill Repeats Running Workouts

Short hill repeats are the most common type of hill training used by runners. It’s an extremely time effective workout for improving your running cadence, stride length, strength, efficiency and speed endurance. Here’s why you should be including short hill repeats in your running training… Great for cadence, stride length and running form Improves muscular strength, power

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

Stryd footpod running power meter

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

Looking to improve running speed: here’s 20 ways to become a faster runner

How to improve distance running performance

We all run with the purpose of improving something: whether it’s to improve your health, fitness, lose weight or improve running speed. Yet, achieving consistent improvements isn’t easy. Often, we see big improvements when we first start running training. The problem is training progression is never consistent. And overtime this rate of improvement begins to

Why endurance runners should practice race day nutrition in training

Race day nutrition for runners

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

Running Cadence – What is it? And why is it important?

Running Cadence - how important is it?

Running cadence (or stride rate) is considered a vital part of efficient running technique. Not only is it linked to improved efficiency and performance, but also injury risk. So what is it and why is it important? In this article we take a look at the science of running cadence, how it can reduce injuries,

Why Athletes with high VO2max should reduce recoveries during interval training

High VO2max Running

Interval training is a key part of any successful endurance training program, and with good reason. It’s one of the most effective ways to boost aerobic fitness (VO2max), improve health and endurance exercise performance. As you might expect, interval training has received a lot of attention from researchers. And research has been unequivocal. Interval training

What’s best? Passive vs active recovery during interval training

Active recoveries intervals

High intensity interval training is one of the best ways to improve endurance exercise performance. Not surprisingly, we put a lot of thought into making interval training as effective as possible: focusing on the intensity, duration and volume of the intervals. Whilst, these are all important factors, it’s easy to overlook one other key part

Maximizing the benefits of strength training for endurance athletes

Strength training benefits 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,

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 by taking a look at some of the concerns endurance athletes commonly have about strength training and try to dispel them.