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Elite runners confirmed for 5th Abu Dhabi Marathon

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Sports Council has announced the star-studded line-up of international runners for the fifth ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon 2023.

An estimated 23,000 runners are expected to take part in the Dec. 16 event competing in the marathon (42.195 km), marathon relay, 10 km, 5 km, and 2.5 km races.

All races will commence at different locations near the ADNOC headquarters on Corniche Road and finish at the ADNOC Campus, near Bainuna public park.

Uganda’s Andrew Kwemoi, winner of the 2023 Milano Marathon — where he hit a personal best of 2:07:14 — will be joined by Kenya’s Kiptum Barnabas, who finished first in both the 2019 Hong Kong Marathon and the Buenos Aires Marathon in 2017. Barnabas’ compatriot, Leonard Barsoton, will also be competing in this year’s race, having set his own personal best of 2:09:06 in 2023.

The women’s race will feature Ethopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, the 10 km Olympic champion 2017 Chicago Marathon winner. Joining her in the strong elite female line-up, also from Ethiopia, will be Hawi Feysa (2:23:38), and Maurine Chepkemoi from Kenya, the 2022 Enschede Marathon winner.

Suhail Al-Arifi, executive director of the events sector at Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are thrilled to welcome a group of top international runners for the upcoming fifth edition of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon next month.

“Their participation highlights the event’s significance locally and globally. The presence of well-known runners in this year’s line-up reaffirms Abu Dhabi’s and the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon’s success in gaining international recognition in long-distance running.

“We’re delighted to invite people from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds to join us in celebrating physical fitness.

“Regardless of your fitness level, there’s a distance tailored just for you. We encourage everyone to be part of this enriching sports day on the streets of Abu Dhabi, the global capital of sports,” Al-Arifi added.

This year’s Marathon Village will again be located at ADNOC headquarters and will be accessible from Dec. 12 up until race day on Dec. 16.

(11/17/2023) ⚡AMP
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ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

The Abu Dhabi Marathon is shaping up to being first class marathon for both elite runners and average runners as well. Take in the finest aspects of Abu Dhabi's heritage, modern landmarks and the waters of the Arabian Gulf, at this world-class athletics event, set against the backdrop of the Capital's stunning architecture.The race offered runners of all abilities the...

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Bethwel Yegon out to make amends at Fukuoka Marathon

Bethwel Yegon failed to finish the race during last year's edition of the Fukuoka Marathon and will be returning to the Japanese city to right his wrongs next month

Bethwel Yegon will be out to heal last year’s heartbreak as he gears up for this year’s Fukuoka Marathon.

During last year’s edition of the marathon, Yegon failed to finish the race but he will be heading to this year’s event with a goal to finish in the podium bracket.

He opened his season at the Publix Atlanta Half Marathon where he finished sixth before securing second place at the Vienna Marathon. He then went on to finish sixth at the Runkara International Half Marathon last month.

Yegon will be joined by compatriot Abel Kirui who finished fifth during last year’s edition of the marathon. Kirui is the oldest athlete in the field but he will be banking on his experience to improve his performance.

Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medalist Michael Githae will also be in the mix with the hope of making an impact.

The Kenyan charge will be challenged by Ethiopia’s Abebe Negewo Degefa, who is the only athlete in the field to have gone under the 2:05:50.

The race will prove to be a battle of titans since there are six athletes on the entry list, who have run sub 2:07 and they will be going for the course record of 2:05:18 that was set four years ago by Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede.

The field also includes the 2017 winner Sondre Nordstad Moen of Norway, who will be hoping to get under 2:10 for the first time since 2020 after a good 1:00:20 half marathon in Malaga two weeks ago.

Shaohui Yang will lead the home charge and holds the countries second fastest-ever time of 2:07:49 that he got early this year at the Wuxi Marathon.

(11/17/2023) ⚡AMP
by Abigael Wuafula
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Fukuoka Marathon

Fukuoka Marathon

The Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship is one of the longest running races in Japan, it is alsoan international men’s marathon race established in 1947. The course record is held by Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, running 2:05:18 in 2009. Frank Shorter won first straight years from 1971 to 1974. Derek Clayton set the World Record here in 1967 running 2:09:37. ...

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Try 30-20-10 running to get fit fast, with less effort

Interval training is a simple, effective way for runners to add speed, and the 30-20-10 method (sometimes called 10-20-30) is a popular way for runners to boost performance by sprinting short distances. The method involves runners beginning with an easy 30-second run, kicking up the pace for the next 20 seconds, and blasting into a 10-second sprint. It has been demonstrated to improve runners’ performance time dramatically while requiring fewer miles.

New research from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS) suggests that you do not necessarily need to run full-speed in the final 10-second sprint to reap the benefits of the workout. Researchers had 19 participants run either three or four, five-minute blocks of interval training.

Half of the participants were instructed to max out on their sprint, while the other half were told to sprint at only 80 per cent. The participants who had been instructed to perform at only 80 per cent during the final sprint achieved as much progress in their running performance and fitness as the group that sprinted with 100 per cent effort.

“The result of the study really came as a surprise,” says Jens Bangsbo, a professor of physiology and science at the University of Copenhagen. “We think that it is related to the fact that training at 80 per cent of one’s maximum still gets the heart rate up significantly higher than a runner’s typical training. A higher heart rate leads to improvements in heart function and circulation, as evidenced in their times and fitness levels.”

Get started with a 30-20-10 workout

Warm up with 10 minutes of very easy running.

Run easy for 30 seconds, kick up the pace to what feels like a moderate effort for 20 seconds, and sprint for 10 seconds. Immediately repeat the cycle four more times, cycling through continuously for five minutes.

Recover with easy running for two minutes. Then repeat step the five-minute cycle two or three more times.

Cool down with 10 minutes of easy running.

This type of training has also been shown to lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, even if you don’t feel like maxing out on effort.

(11/17/2023) ⚡AMP
by Keeley Milne
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World champion Noah Lyles wins award for best U.S. track and field athlete for third time

The world 100m and 200m champion is only the second U.S. athlete to win the Jesse Owens Award three times.

The 2023 season has been one to remember for double sprint world champion, Noah Lyles, who became the first sprinter since the renowned Usain Bolt in 2015 to win both the 100m and 200m events at a World Athletics Championships. On Wednesday, he added one more award to his impressive list of accolades, winning the 2023 Jesse Owens Award for the best U.S. male track and field athlete.

This is Lyles’s third time winning the prestigious award given annually by the U.S.A. Track and Field (USATF), putting him in elite company with only Michael Johnson as the only other athlete to win the award three times.

Lyles was the most dominant sprinter in the world this year, winning gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay this past summer at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest. The three world titles were added to the previous three he won at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in the 200m and in 2019 in the 200m and 4x100m relay.

“It’s an honor to receive my third Jesse Owens Award and to be associated with such a legendary athlete,” said Lyles in his acceptance speech. “I want to thank USATF for this award, as well as my coach, Lance Brauman, my family and everyone who supported me on this historic season. I couldn’t have done this alone and I can’t wait to pick up right where we left off for 2024.”

The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award was also awarded by the USATF to the top female athlete of the year, which went to newly-crowned world 100m champion Sha’Carri Richardson. Richardson is the first female 100m sprinter to win the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award since Carmelita Jeter in 2011.

Richardson and Lyles were both nominees for World Athletics’ Athlete of the Year. Lyles was announced as one of the five finalists for the award earlier this week. 

(11/16/2023) ⚡AMP
by Marley Dickinson
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Kenyan Abel Kirui focused on finishing on the podium in Fukuoka Marathon

Double world marathon champion Abel Kirui will highlight the Fukuoka Marathon.

The former Olympic Games marathon silver medalist said he will be targeting the podium this time round after failing last year due to an injury.

Kirui finished 5th in 2:07.38 during the race won by Israeli Maru Taferi last year in 2:06.43. Kenyan duo Vincent Raimoi (2:07.01) and Michael Githae (2:07.28) took second and third positions respectively.

“It has been 18 years of running and I am still keen to improve on my last year’s position. Unlike last year when I had an injury, this time round, I am all set,” he added.

The former Chicago Marathon champion said he has been in the career for long because of his discipline and hard work.

“I have trained well this time around here in Iten under the guidance of veteran coach Renato Canova and I have this good feeling that I will finish in the top three positions,” he said.

Kirui, who won the 2012 Olympic Marathon silver medal, said his ambition to represent the country at next year’s Olympic Games in Paris, France is still alive. He said he is still keen to qualify for the Summer Games.

His prayer is to run well in Fukuoka and even get a slot for the Tokyo Marathon next year.

The Olympic Games are a huge opportunity for any athlete and urged his compatriots to take the opportunity seriously if granted the chance.

“If you are selected in Team Kenya please strive to get medals because that is why you are there. This is an opportunity of a lifetime,” he said.

The man, who won back-to-back world marathon titles in 2009 and 2011 in Berlin and Daegu respectively, urged Athletics Kenya to support the athletes by offering better logistical plans.

“Paris will be very competitive and we must all plan early enough,” said Kirui who won the Chicago marathon in 2016 before finishing second the following year.

The senior police officer said he has been able to run for a long time because he is never driven or excited with the earnings.

(11/16/2023) ⚡AMP
by Emmanuel Sabuni
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Fukuoka Marathon

The Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship is one of the longest running races in Japan, it is alsoan international men’s marathon race established in 1947. The course record is held by Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, running 2:05:18 in 2009. Frank Shorter won first straight years from 1971 to 1974. Derek Clayton set the World Record here in 1967 running 2:09:37. ...

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Marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge set to receive honorary doctorate degree

Marathon great Eliud Kipchoge is set to be conferred with a prestigious honorary doctorate degree from a Kenyan university for his outstanding contribution to humanity.

Marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge is set to be awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) during the institution’s 41st graduation ceremony on December 1.

In a notice issued by JKUAT, the five-time Berlin Marathon champion will receive the degree in honor of his “outstanding and commendable humanitarian and philanthropic contributions to humanity.”

“Widely regarded as the world’s greatest marathoner, Eliud Kipchoge has met the requirements by the Honorary Degree Committee, the University Senate, and Council for the award of the degree. Kipchoge will be conferred with the prestigious honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa),” JKUAT said in the notice.

This will be the second such degree for the former world marathon record holder after being conferred with an honorary doctorate degree from the Laikipia University for his contribution to sports in 2019.

That was after he had won the London Marathon before becoming the first man to run a marathon under two hours when he clocked 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria in a race dubbed INEOS 1:59 Challenge.

Kipchoge has had a mixed 2023 season, finishing fifth at the Boston Marathon in April before winning in Berlin in September although he watched youngster Kelvin Kiptum break his world record following his 2:00:35 feat in Chicago in October.

The 39-year-old was also honored by his sponsors Nike with a running track named after him in the European headquarters in the Netherlands, coming days after his statue was unveiled by the giant American kit manufacturer in Oregon, USA.

(11/16/2023) ⚡AMP
by Joel Omotto
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Is running better than walking? New research says yes

Exercise of any kind has both physical and mental health benefits, and walking is a fantastic way to get your aerobic engine going. But is running even better? Researchers suggest walkers looking to reap even more benefits may want to move just a little bit more quickly, The New York Times recently reported. Here’s what you need to know to win all the walking vs. running debates with your friends.

How scientists calculate benefits

There are two factors researchers consider when looking at the health benefits of an activity: the effect on your fitness (how a workout improves the efficiency of your heart and lungs) and whether the activity increases longevity. VO2 max, a measurement of how much oxygen your body uses during regular exercise, is a helpful standard for assessing fitness and predicting life span.

Any movement is better than none when it comes to VO2 max, but moderate activity, including faster walking, is better: picking up the pace helps your heart and lungs become more efficient. Taking that effort level up a notch, to vigorous, will increase the rewards of exercise in less time.

Running equals efficiency plus energy

Running is simply more efficient than walking, Dr. Duck-chul Lee, a professor of physical activity epidemiology at Iowa State University, explains. Running also requires more energy and power than walking, since it involves a series of bounds.

In a study out of Taiwan, scientists concluded that regular five-minute runs equaled 15-minute walks as far as boosting longevity. Participants who completed 25-minute runs, or 105-minute walks, had a 35 per cent lower risk of dying in the following eight years. Dr. Lee and his team similarly discovered that regular runners, even very slow ones, were 30 per cent more fit than walkers, and had a 30 per cent lower risk of dying over the next 15 years.

Don’t be ashamed of your walk breaks

Do you enjoy walk breaks or hiking as a component of your running routine? Don’t rush to eliminate them, or feel discouraged. Dr. Lee suggests looking at walking and running as being on a continuum. “The biggest benefit occurs when moving from none to a little” exercise, he says. Consistency is key for walking or running, and once an established routine is in place, adding some vigorous boosts in pace to your routine will multiply the benefits.

(11/15/2023) ⚡AMP
by Keeley Milne
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Despite Mud, Joshua Cheptegei Continues Prep For Valencia Marathon Debut

Joshua Cheptegei is running 140 to 160 kilometers a week in preparation for his marathon debut in Valencia on December 3, through relentless mud in Uganda.

At his training camp in Kapchorwa, Uganda, about 33 kilometers west of the Kenya border, Joshua Cheptegei is running 140 to 160 kilometers a week in preparation for his marathon debut in Valencia on December 3.  A disciplined athlete with a usually sunny demeanor, the 27 year-old Ugandan is facing a challenge beyond tired legs, fatigue, and sore muscles: relentless mud.

"Normally we are used to go to the forest for these runs," Cheptegei told reporters on a conference call today which was delayed by a power outage.  Speaking on a shaky phone line he continued: "We cannot do that because it's getting muddy, not better.  It's still horrible, it's still chilly.  But, we've done most of the work.  It should be OK."

Cheptegei, who won the World Athletics 10,000m title in both 2022 and 2023 and is the world record holder for the distance (26:11.00), can expect dry and sunny conditions for the Maratón Valencia Trinidad Alfonso two weeks from Sunday.  He chose to debut there because of both his relationship with the city, where he set two world records, and because of the favorable date.  Consulting with his coach Addy Ruiter and his management team at Global Sports Communications, Valencia made the most sense, he said, because it allowed him adequate recovery time both after the 2023 track season and before his 2024 track preparations begin.  He also just feels good running there.

"Valencia is the 'City of Running,'" Cheptegei said, repeating the tagline used by the marathon's organizers.  "When I thought of the marathon I spoke to my team... and you know what?  It had to be Valencia because of the history of running there."  He continued: "When I went to Valencia in 2019 when I set the world record on the roads (for 10-K), and in 2020 during COVID I set the world record on the track.  For me, that brings up the excitement and expectations.  It can give you a good motivation, at least."

When asked about his goals for his first marathon, Cheptegei said he was trying to keep it simple.  It's a new event for him and he's got a lot to learn.

"I'm not actually looking to run fast the first time," he said.  He added: "For me, I want to learn.  The best for me is to see myself being on the podium, whether I run 2:03 or 2:04.  I don't know what will take me to the podium.  For me what is important is to enjoy the race and see what happens after 35 kilometers."

Cheptegei gets at least some of his training advice from two Olympic Marathon champions, Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge and Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich.  He said these men were two of his "pillars" in athletics.  He was only 15 years-old when Kiprotich was the upset gold medalist at the 2012 Olympic Marathon in London.  Cheptegei, who was on summer holidays from school, remembers watching the race on television.

"I remember so much," he said.  "I was actually in high school."  He continued: "It affected me positively.  One day I want to become world champion and be a national hero like him."

Kiprotich advised Cheptegei to remain on the track and not jump to the marathon too soon, he said.  The marathon in December would give Cheptegei a new and exciting goal in the near term, and help prepare him for the Paris 2024 Olympics where he hopes to upgrade his 10,000m silver medal from Tokyo to gold.  He might also try to defend his 5000m title, but he has not decided yet whether he should double.

"Stephen told me to stay longer on the track, focus on the marathon, then come back to the track again," Cheptegei said.  "Stephen has been one of the guiding pillars.  He gave me the green light."

In addition to logging long days on his feet, Cheptegei is trying to master some of the marathon's technical challenges.  For instance, he is learning as much as he can about hydration, a critical factor in marathon success.  His previous training didn't involve so many long runs, something he considered "tiresome" in the past but which is now "part of life."

"First and foremost, because of the marathon what I really lack is especially (knowledge) about hydration," he said.  "You really need to learn how to hydrate."

He is also being careful about his choice of shoes.  He plans to use one of Nike's Vaporfly models, a shoe he is comfortable with, instead of the more radical Alphafly series.

"For me about the shoe, normally I like to run in a shoe I'm comfortable with," he explained.  "For me, I'm still looking to run in the Vaporflys.  He continued: "I'm more familiar with the Vaporflys.  I still need more time to learn the Alphaflys."

Cheptegei confirmed that he is committed to the track for 2024 and the Paris Olympics are his highest priority.  As excited as he is about his marathon debut, he seemed equally excited to return to the track.

"It's a new adventure that I'm really looking forward to," he said of the marathon.  He continued: "I still want to go back in Paris and win the 10,000m."

(11/15/2023) ⚡AMP
by David Monti
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VALENCIA TRINIDAD ALFONSO

The Trinidad Alfonso EDP Valencia Marathon is held annually in the historic city of Valencia which, with its entirely flat circuit and perfect November temperature, averaging between 12-17 degrees, represents the ideal setting for hosting such a long-distance sporting challenge. This, coupled with the most incomparable of settings, makes the Valencia Marathon, Valencia, one of the most important events in...

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U.S. Olympic Trials marathon start time moved over heat concerns

The start time of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon in Orlando has been moved to 10:00 a.m. local time from its original noon schedule over runners' heat concerns, the organizers said on Wednesday.

Some of the United States' top marathon runners met with USA Track and Field (USATF) CEO Max Siegel in October in hopes of changing the noon start time over concerns about the heat in host city.

"In collaboration and consultation with feedback from the athletes regarding concerns around weather conditions, it has been agreed that the start time for the event will be moved to 10:00 a.m. ET," the statement read.

"The earlier start time will help provide an improved experience for athletes, spectators, and event staff, ensuring the comfort and safety of all involved."

Nearly 100 runners signed a Sept. 15 letter to USATF that outlined concerns for the increased risk to athletes' health prompted by a noon start time.

The race will take place on Feb. 3, 2024 and will welcome elite male and female long-distance runners to compete for the chance to represent Team USA at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

(11/15/2023) ⚡AMP
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2024 US Olympic Trials Marathon

Most countries around the world use a selection committee to choose their Olympic Team Members, but not the USA. Prior to 1968, a series of races were used to select the USA Olympic Marathon team, but beginning in 1968 the format was changed to a single race on a single day with the top three finishers selected to be part...

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Leading ultra-marathon runner banned for using car in 50-mile race

A leading British ultra-marathon runner has been banned for 12 months by a UK Athletics disciplinary panel for using a car during a 50-mile race and then accepting a trophy for third place.

Joasia Zakrzewski admitted that she had jumped into her friend’s vehicle during the 2023 GB Ultras Manchester to Liverpool race on 7 April, but claimed she only did so after telling marshalls that she was injured and was no longer competing.

The 47-year-old, who finished 14th in the 2014 Commonwealth Games marathon and set a new world 48-hour distance record of 255.668 miles in February, had also denied deliberately cheating. Instead, she said that arriving from Australia the night before had left her unable to think straight, and had led to her wrongly accepting a trophy at the end of the race.

However, that explanation was rejected by a UKA disciplinary panel who have now banned Zakrzewski from competing in any UKA licensed races, representing Great Britain, or coaching or managing for a year, after finding her guilty of breaching the UKA code of conduct for senior athletes.

In a written decision, the panel said that Zakrzewski’s claims were “contrary to the evidence of the marshals, evidence which the respondent did not seek to challenge or contest, by way of cross-examination at the hearing”.

Evidence showed that Zakrzewski – who has competed for GB numerous times in ultra-distance events, won multiple world 100km medals, and managed GB teams – had travelled around 2.5 miles in a car. According to GPS data, one of those miles was covered in one minute and 40 seconds.

In a letter to the panel, Zakrzewski wrote: “I accept my actions on the day that I did travel in a car and then later completed the run, crossing the finish line and inappropriately receiving a medal and trophy, which I did not return immediately as I should have done”.

However, she continued to insist that she had told the marshalls that she was injured and had decided to keep going on a non-competitive basis. The marshalls, however, told the panel a different story.

They said that while Zakrzewski had talked to them about withdrawing, she had been persuaded to continue “and when doing so … this was on a competitive basis”. They also denied that she had informed them that she had completed part of the course in a car.

The panel also noted that Zakrzewski had only disclosed using the vehicle when challenged by the race organiser. “The respondent sought to defend this by claiming she was embarrassed, but ultimately she chose not to disclose what had happened rather than embarrass herself,” it said.

“Further the claimant had collected the trophy at the end of the race, something which she should have not done if she was completing the race on a non-competitive basis.”

The panel said it had taken Zakrzewski’s claims about her state of mind into account, but pointed out that she “had ample opportunity to remedy the situation which she failed to do”.

“Even if she was suffering from brain fog on the day of the race, she had a week following the race to realise her actions and return the trophy, which she did not do,” it said.

“Finally, she posted about the race on social media, and this did not disclose that she had completed the race on a non-competitive basis.”

(11/15/2023) ⚡AMP
by Sean Ingle
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Three treadmill workouts to fire up your legs

There are times when a treadmill workout is a necessary evil (or delight, as you’ll look at it after these workouts). Weird weather, travel, or needing to fit in a very late or early workout can drive you indoors. Instead of dreading a session on the mill, we suggest giving one of these spicy workouts a try. Your legs will burn and time will fly by–you may even find yourself eagerly anticipating your next treadmill run.

Speed-focused interval workout

Warm up with a ten-minute easy jog, followed by three minutes of running drills.

Run two minutes of hard effort (don’t worry about hitting a specific pace for this one), followed by a one-minute easy run for recovery. Repeat four times.

After the fourth round, take a three-minute recovery run (or fast walk).

Run two minutes of hard effort followed by a 30-second recovery run, repeat four times.

After the fourth round take a 3-minute recovery run.

Finish off your legs with four,  40-second intervals at your fastest pace (can be a full-on sprint), followed by a 40-second recovery run.

Cool down by running at a very easy pace for five-10 minutes.

Endurance interval workout

Build up slowly to a speedy pace in this endurance-based session. Before you start this one, find the fastest pace (or effort) you can maintain for one minute of running with zero incline: you’ll start the workout portion of this session at around half of that pace or effort. Don’t worry if that’s tricky to figure out–just go for a rough estimate.

Warm up with a ten-minute very easy run, followed by some drills to kick your legs into action (performed off of the treadmill).

Run for five minutes, increasing your speed by 0.5  km-per-hour per hour each minute. Follow with a two-minute recovery jog.

Repeat these steps six times, starting each set at a starting speed of 0.5 km-per-hour more than your original starting pace.

Run very easily for five to 10 minutes to cool down.

HIIT treadmill session

Warm up with a 10-minute run at a very easy pace, followed by running drills. Take note of what pace your easy run is on your treadmill in order to adjust your pace throughout this session.

Run six 30-second sprints that are 1.5 to 2.5 km-per-hour (faster, if this isn’t challenging enough) more quickly than the comfortable pace you ran to warm up, with a 90-second recovery jog between each sprint.

Cool down with a 10-minute very easy run.

Remember to follow a speedwork day with a recovery or very easy running day.

(11/15/2023) ⚡AMP
by Keeley Milne
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Runner’s knee requires more tailored treatment, new study shows

Patellofemoral pain, also known as runner’s knee, is common among runners. Not only is it painful, but it can be difficult to get rid of, and in many cases, it can become a recurring problem. Reasons why runner’s knee is so difficult to cure permanently have remained a mystery, but new research has shed some light on where we might be going wrong. According to a new study from the University of Connecticut, traditional rehabilitation methods for chronic knee pain may not be targeting the right muscles. This research highlights the need for personalized rehabilitation to effectively address patellofemoral pain.

The study

The study, published in Physical Therapy in Sport, aimed to identify the commonly weaker muscles in patients with chronic patellofemoral pain. Previous research indicated that the glute and quad muscles were the main targets for treatment, so the researchers expected those muscles to be smaller in size in injured runners compared to healthy runners. 

Surprisingly, the researchers found no significant differences in the size of these muscles between patients with patellofemoral pain and patients without. Instead, they discovered that the muscles at the front of the hips, the deep external hip rotators and hamstrings were smaller. They also found that not all patients had impairments in the same muscles.

What does this mean for runners?

These findings have important implications for runners dealing with knee pain. The traditional approach of targeting the quads and hip muscles may not be sufficient for all individuals. 

“I think it demonstrates the need to individualize patients’ treatment,” says lead researcher Neal Glaviano. “We, as clinicians and researchers, need to quantify which muscles have impairment and target those in a patient’s treatment.” 

Glaviano’s next step will be to investigate how therapists and sports medicine practitioners can better tailor rehab programs to individuals, so they target the specific muscles that are causing the injury.

The takeaways

While the need to tailor rehab programs to the individual isn’t groundbreaking information, this study highlights that the current approach to treating patellofemoral pain in runners isn’t being tailored enough, and in many cases, may not be focusing on the right muscles. The traditional focus on the quads and hip muscles may only be effective for some individuals. 

By identifying and targeting the specific muscles that are weaker in each patient, rehabilitation interventions can be better tailored, potentially improving long-term outcomes and the overall quality of life for those experiencing chronic knee pain. 

(11/14/2023) ⚡AMP
by Brittany Hambleton
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World Athletics unveils finalists for 2023 World Athlete of the Year

On Tuesday, the finalists for the 2023 World Athlete of the Year award were unveiled on World Athletics’ social media pages. This award showcases the remarkable performances of the 2023 season that captivated the track and field audience.

The 10 finalists, representing eight countries, have left their mark on the world of athletics. Their stellar accomplishments spanned various disciplines, from triumphs at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest to setting world records at one-day meeting circuits, road races and other prestigious events across the globe.

Here are the five male and five female finalists.

Male finalists:

Neeraj Chopra (IND) – Javelin

World champion

Asian Games champion

Ryan Crouser (USA) – Shot Put

World champion

World record holder (23.56 meters)

Mondo Duplantis (SWE) – Pole Vault

World champion

Diamond League champion with a world record (6.23 meters)

Kelvin Kiptum (KEN) – Marathon

London and Chicago Marathon winner

Men’s marathon world record (2:00:35)

Noah Lyles (USA) – 100m/200m

World 100m and 200m champion (first man to win the double at worlds since 2015)

Undefeated in six finals at 200m

Female finalists:

Tigist Assefa (ETH) – Marathon

Berlin Marathon winner

Women’s marathon world record holder (2:11:53)

Femke Bol (NED) – 400m/400m hurdles

World 400m hurdles champion

World indoor 400m record holder (49.26 seconds)

Shericka Jackson (JAM) – 100m/200m

World 200m champion and 100m silver medalist

Diamond League 100m and 200m champion

Faith Kipyegon (KEN) – 1,500m/Mile/5,000m

World 1,500m and 5,000m champion

Set world records over 1,500m, mile and 5,000m (3:49.11/4:07.64/14:05.20)

Yulimar Rojas (VEN) – Triple Jump

World champion

Diamond League champion

The finalists were chosen through a three-way voting process involving the World Athletics Council, the World Athletics Family and track and field fans online. Fans had the opportunity to cast their votes online through World Athletics’ social media platforms, contributing to a record-breaking two million votes.

Canadian decathlon world champion Pierce LePage was one of the 11 nominees for the award but did not advance from the voting process. Voting concluded on October 28.

The World Athletes of the Year award will be named on Dec. 11, as part of the 2023 World Athletics Awards in Monaco.

(11/14/2023) ⚡AMP
by Marley Dickinson
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Edward Cheserek sheds light on why he made a switch to the full marathon

US-based Kenyan runner Edward Cheserek has explained why he made the switch to the full marathon after years of dominating the track.

Cheserek, a multiple NCAA champion, revealed that he had been running on the track for a long time and he was losing his speed.

He further noted that he made a switch to the roads and started with the shorter races but then eventually decided to make his debut. He debuted at the New York City Marathon where he finished eighth after clocking 2:11:07.

“I’ve been running on the track for a long time and I felt like I was losing my speed. I decided that it was the best option to slowly move back and switch to the roads," he explained.

"I started with the 5km and 10km and I noticed that I was running a bit slower…it wasn’t like back in the day when I used to run in the 800m and 5000m,” 

Cheserek added that he noticed the change back in 2019 and after the Covid-19 pandemic, he decided to try out road running. However, he explained that it was something normal and did not freak him out.

Meanwhile, Cheserek also made a revelation that his father was the one who convinced him to try out running. Before then, he was a football player.

“Back in the day, my father encouraged me to switch from football to running. However, I hated running but I decided to just give it a try,” he said.

(11/14/2023) ⚡AMP
by Abigael Wuafula
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Elaine Thompson splits with coach less than a year before Olympic Games

Jamaica's Elaine Thomspon has split with her coach Shanique Osbourne less than a year before the Paris Olympic Games.

As reported by Radio Jamaica Sports, Thompson’s agent Marvin Anderson could not be reached for comment and her coach, Osbourne declined to field questions when she answered her telephone late Monday night.

She only noted that she was not accepting any media to her training base. The specific reason for the split has not been disclosed, but speculation is that both parties could not agree on remuneration.

Meanwhile, Thompson had been struggling from an Achilles tendon injury, which saw her placing fifth in the 100m final with 11.06 seconds at the Jamaican Championship on July 7.

The Jamaican missed out on an individual slot at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and did not even compete in the final of the 4x100m relay team.

After the World Championships, Thompson headed to the Diamond League Meeting in Zurich where she clocked 11.00 to finish third. She posted her first sub-11 performance at the Gala dei Castelli where she clocked 10.92 to win the race.

She then clocked 10.84 seconds at the Diamond League Meeting in Brussels on September 8, before ending the season with 10.79 seconds on September 16 at the Prefontaine Classic, the Diamond League Final Meeting.

(11/14/2023) ⚡AMP
by Abigael Wuafula
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Hellen Obiri explains why the New York City marathon course is tougher than Boston

Hellen Obiri has shared reasons why she thinks the New York City Marathon course is more difficult than the Boston Marathon course.

Reigning New York City Marathon champion Hellen Obiri has admitted that the New York City Marathon is the toughest course she has competed on since making her debut over the full marathon.

Obiri made her debut last year in the streets of New York City, and managed a sixth-place finish, clocking a Personal Best time of 2:25:49.

This year, she opened her season with a dominant win at the Boston Marathon, clocking 2:21:38 to cross the finish line.

However, her time will not be recognized by World Athletics as a credible Personal Best time since the Boston course does not meet the rules of a standardized course by World Athletics.

Obiri then returned to the Big Apple and this time around, she clinched a win, in what seemed to be a very easy run for her.

The World 10,000m silver medalist clocked 2:27:23 to cut the tape. However, she has insisted that the course is a bit more difficult than the one in Boston.

“The New York course is harder than Boston…when you reach Central Park, there are a lot of hills and valleys unlike Boston where it was a bit flat towards the end,” Obiri said.

The two-time World 5000m champion added that she was competing in the streets of New York City to just win the race and not break any record because of the nature of the course.

(11/13/2023) ⚡AMP
by Abigael Wuafula
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Kenya's Edwin Kiptoo wins 40th Athens Marathon with new course record

Edwin Kiptoo of Kenya set a new course record at the 40th Athens Marathon in 2:10:34 on Sunday, slicing three seconds off of the previous record of 2:10:37 set by fellow Kenyan Felix Kipchirchir Kandie in 2014.

"I was not well prepared for the race. I did not expect to break the record. I thank my family for giving me ample time to prepare for this marathon," said the 30-year-old who shook off his main challengers over the second half of the course and ran the last 10 kilometers alone.

Kiptoo's compatriots Rhonzai Lokitam Kilimo and Felicien Muhitira of Rwanda finished second and third in the men's event. Moroccan Soukaina Atanane finished first in the women's category in 2:31:52, followed by Kenya's Caroline Jepchirchir and local Gloria Privileggio. 

The event attracted some 70,000 runners from 140 countries and regions in the 42km course, as well as the 10km, 5km and kids' races, setting a record high of participants, according to the Hellenic Athletics Federation. The 42km classic course from Marathon city to Athens follows in the footsteps of ancient soldier Pheidippides who inspired the race.

The Athens Marathon has a relatively hilly route, which somehow makes it almost impossible for runners to set a world record here, with the course rising almost continuously between the 17th and 32nd kilometers before descending most of the rest of the way.

(11/13/2023) ⚡AMP
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The Athens Classic (authentic) Marathon is an annual marathon road race held in Athens, Greece, normally in early November. The race attracted 43.000 competitors in 2015 of which 16.000 were for the 42.195 km course, both numbers being an all-time record for the event. The rest of the runners competed in the concurrent 5 and 10 kilometers road races and...

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You shouldn’t try to make up a missed workout–here’s why

It can be challenging to fit consistent running along with a busy life, and sometimes you may have to miss a scheduled run, or several. The nagging guilt when your running plans go awry can be insidious, but don’t let it tempt you into cramming the missed runs back into your schedule. You risk injury, overtraining and burnout. Here’s what you need to know about missing some scheduled training.

Don’t overload to compensate

Just don’t do it. It can be incredibly tempting to try to “make up” your missed workouts by doubling up on time and effort. Most runners already don’t focus enough on rest, and a few extra recovery days will not only not cause a huge setback in your training–you might just find that you feel stronger because of it.

Training plans are designed to be dynamic and adaptable, even though many runners feel like they are set in stone. If you miss a specific workout, it doesn’t mean that progress is lost. Tweaking your future workouts to accommodate the missed session (adjusting the actual running that is scheduled, ie. shifting your plan back a week if you can) can be more beneficial than trying to cram in extra training. If you are really concerned, talk to an experienced runner or coach to help you adjust your training. Just don’t squeeze more running in-adding more stress to an already overwhelmed schedule is a recipe for disaster.

Adjust your mindset

Running is all about the long game. While at the time, missing a few workouts may seem like a setback, in the long run, a bit of extra rest is probably the exact thing your body and mind need. Our bodies don’t differentiate between physical and mental stress, and it’s likely that whatever derailed your training has some form and amount of added stress.

Know that the break you are taking now, while perhaps uncomfortable, will likely be beneficial to you in the long run, and at the very least not detrimental. After all, you probably want to run for years and decades to come. Learning how to successfully navigate challenging times and missed workouts will become one more tool for you to boost your running longevity.

Reflect and move forward

Let that sh*t go, as they say. Recognize that you are doing the best that you can with the skills and supports available to you, even if that doesn’t look the way you’d like it to. Dwelling on what you’ve missed or worrying about lost fitness may actually set you back, as it contributes to burnout.

What can be useful is to look at why, exactly, you missed your workout (s). Were you sick, or were you simply not wanting to run? (Either reason is a valid one, you’re aiming to have no self-judgment here.)  Maybe you were dealing with unexpected family or work stress–these challenges happen to everyone, even the pros, who also, you guessed it–occasionally can’t fit in planned runs.

Looking to the future, can you plan to give yourself more grace and cope more easily through the inevitable challenging times that life throws at us? Maybe there is a plan you can have in place to adjust your training temporarily to accommodate a different schedule, like hitting up a local 24-hour gym for a few sessions (if you must–missing workouts is normal and OK) or simply heading out for shorter runs just to get that healthy physical and mental boost. Make sure that you aren’t overdoing it–the most important thing to remember is that a few missed running days are not worth stressing over.

(11/13/2023) ⚡AMP
by Keeley Milne
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Edinah Jebitok and Ronald Kwemoi reign in Seville

Edinah Jebitok and Ronald Kwemoi achieved a Kenyan double at the Cross Internacional de Italica, the fourth World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold meeting of the season, held on the outskirts of Seville on Sunday (12).

Making their debuts at the event, Jebitok and Kwemoi claimed the titles on a sunny and pleasant afternoon after respective sprint finishes against Ethiopia's world U20 champion Senayet Getachew and Kenya's Hillary Chepkwony.

In the absence of pre-race favourite Beatrice Chebet, who withdrew on the eve of the event because of illness, the women's 9918m contest opened at a brisk pace set by Jebitok, who only had her compatriot Winnie Jemutai, Ethiopians Getachew and Wede Kefale, and Uganda's Annet Chelangat for company just one minute into the race. Way back, Britain's Amelia Quirk, Kate Axford and Phoebe Barker led the chasing group alongside Spain's European U20 champion Maria Forero and her compatriot Carolina Robles.

Jebitok broke away from the rest of the lead group at the start of the second 2450m circuit and built a five-second margin over Getachew midway through that lap. Getachew was another four seconds clear of Jemutai and gradually she reeled in Jebitok, until they were running together at the helm midway through the race. Jemutai was a lonesome third, while Kefale and Chelangat were further back. Behind them, Quirk and Forero took turns leading their group, followed by Robles and Axford.

Throughout the penultimate loop, Jebitok and Getachew tried to lose each other but neither managed to do so. By the bell, the pair had built a 20-second margin ahead of Jemutai, while Forero and Quirk were in sixth and seventh place, and would fight to be the first European home.

Already on the closing lap with the clock reading 25:40, Jebitok unleashed another kick and was able to leave Getachew behind for the second time, opening a six-second margin with 1000m remaining. Much to the delight of the large crowd watching, the Ethiopian bounced back and passed Jebitok with some 500m remaining. Jebitok then found another gear and reached the narrow final bend a few metres ahead, but to the astonishment of the crowd she stopped in the belief that she had crossed the finish line.

Getachew took advantage and overtook her, entering the home straight in the lead, but Jebitok – a 1500m specialist – didn't surrender and passed her rival in the final metre to win by the narrowest of margins. Both athletes were credited with a finishing time of 32:39, well clear of Jemutai who was third in 33:37. Chelangat was fourth and Kefale fifth, while 20-year-old Forero got the better of Quirk to secure sixth.

“I'm so satisfied with my European tour as I have won twice and was runner-up in Atapuerca,” said Jebitok. “My main goal is to be the overall victor of this season's Cross Country Tour.”

Kwemoi maintains momentum

The men's race was also held over 9918m and witnessed an early lead by the in-form Kwemoi, as the 28-year-old – who set the world U20 1500m record in 2014 – set a brisk pace that could only be followed by his compatriots Chepkwony and Ishmael Kipkurui, the world U20 champion, plus Burundi's Rodrigue Kwizera and Uganda's Martin Kiprotich. The opening lap was covered in 7:07, with the lead group also featuring the Spanish pair of world 5000m silver medallist Mo Katir and Abdessamad Oukhelfen, the 2019 European U23 cross country bronze medallist.

Clocking 7:17 for the second lap, Kiprotich, Kwemoi and Kwizera took on most of the pacing duties and Kipkurui and Chepkwony tucked behind. Some 6.7km into the race first Oukhelfen and then Katir could not live with the increasingly quick lead pace and lost ground. By the bell (7:13 for the penultimate lap), five men remained in contention while Katir and Oukhelfen travelled five and seven seconds in arrears, respectively.

The closing lap became more than thrilling as Kwizera pushed hard, trying to avoid a massive sprint, but the Burundian’s efforts only managed to leave Kiprotich behind, while Kwemoi, Kipkurui and Chepkwony, who ran conservatively always at the back of the main group, remained at Kwizera's shoulder.

The next casualty was Kipkurui and the race turned into a fascinating three-horse battle. Chepkwony moved to the front for the first time with around 500m remaining and his change of speed could not be replicated by Kwizera. Chepkwony reached the final bend still ahead of Kwemoi, but the latter finally prevailed after an epic battle for the win.

(11/13/2023) ⚡AMP
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Lisbon Half Marathon postponed

The 33rd edition of the Lisbon Half Marathon has been postponed by one week, from the 10th to the 17th of March, due to the call for legislative elections, following the dissolution of the Assembly of the Republic, announced today the organisation.

“In view of the decision of the President of the Republic, communicated on 9 November, to call legislative elections for March 10, 2024, the Maratona Clube de Portugal is forced to postpone the EDP Half Marathon of Lisbon and Vodafone 10K for one week, for March 17, 2024”, reads the statement from the organising club.

The Lisbon Half Marathon is one of the world's main distance races, holding the world record since 2021 when Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo completed it in 57.31 minutes, but it is also a relevant popular race, allowing approximately 30 thousand people to cross the April 25th Bridge, among participants in this race or in the mini-marathon.

Also according to Maratona Clube de Portugal, Saturday's races are also postponed to the following week, to 16 March, and registrations made are automatically transferred to the new dates.

“We regret in advance all the inconveniences that this change may cause to athletes already registered, and we ask for everyone's understanding in the face of this situation with which we were faced and to which we are unaware”, explained Carlos Moia, president of Maratona Clube de Portugal.

Contacted by Lusa, the organisation said it already had around 15,000 registered for the various distances of the race.

However, it will postpone the publication of the dissolution decree, allowing the final global vote on the State Budget for 2024, scheduled for 29 November, which is guaranteed approval due to the absolute majority of the PS.

(11/13/2023) ⚡AMP
by The Portugal News
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EDP Lisbon Half Marathonis an annual internationalhalf marathoncompetition which is contested every March inLisbon,Portugal. It carries World Athletics Gold Label Road Racestatus. The men's course record of 57:31 was set byJacob Kiplimoin 2021, which was the world record at the time. Kenyanrunners have been very successful in the competition, accounting for over half of the total winners, withTegla Loroupetaking the...

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Ethiopians sweep women's B.A.A. Half Marathon, Kenyan wins men's race

The 2023 B.A.A. Half Marathon presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund took place today, November 12, starting and finishing within Boston’s Franklin Park. Personal bests and fast times were achieved on a chilly fall day. Preliminary results can be found here. 

In the professional open divisions, Fotyen Tesfay (Ethiopia) and Abel Kipchumba(Kenya) took home the women’s and men’s titles respectively, while Jenna Fesemyer and Hermin Garic, both of the USA, captured the wheelchair division victories. American Paralympian Liz Willisset a world record in the T61-64 division (lower limb impairment) in a time of 1:45:19. Among today’s finishers were more than 600 athletes representing the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund, raising more than $700,000 to defy cancer. 

Warming up through the early miles, Tesfay and a sizeable lead pack passed 5 miles in 27:10 and 10 miles in 53:17. The race began to intensify as Tesfay, American record holder Keira D’Amato, B.A.A. 5K champion Senbere Teferi, and World Cross Country Championships silver medalist Tsigie Gebreselama covered the hilly course along Boston’s Emerald Necklace Park System.

While it was a pack with 5K to go, Tesfay was all alone entering White Stadium, breaking the tape in 1:08:46. In her Boston debut, Tesfay not only conquered the competition but also the cold temperatures. 

“The pack was so big, but I managed to move ahead of them as I got close to the finish to take the win,” said Tesfay. “This is my first time running a half marathon in Boston and the coldest race I have ever run, so I am very happy to win.”

Teferi (ETH) and Gebreselama (ETH) rounded out the podium in 1:09:00 and 1:09:06, followed by D’Amato as the top American in 1:09:12. 

In the men’s race, Kipchumba was determined to improve upon a ninth place finish a year ago. Running with Australian Olympian Pat Tiernan and defending champion Geoffrey Koech (Kenya) through five miles, Kipchumba began to break away little by little. At six miles it was a seven second lead, then at 10 miles the gap stood 30 seconds. 

Kipchumba’s broke the tape all smiles in 1:01:32 with a hard-charging Tiernan second (1:01:56) and Yemane Haileselassie third in 1:02:17. Sam Chelanga, who won a silver medal in the 10,000m at the Pan Am Games on the track last week, was top American, seventh in 1:02:49. 

“Today was difficult because it was very cold. And as we know, Boston has a lot of hills. But I managed to win the race, so I am happy,” said Kipchumba. “I like the crowds. They cheered me and I got a lot of energy to push the pace.”  

(11/12/2023) ⚡AMP
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B.A.A. Half Marathon

Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have partnered with the B.A.A. in the Half Marathon for 13 years as the race’s presenting sponsor. Through this relationship, team members have collectively raised more than $5 million to support groundbreaking cancer research, and enabled Dana-Farber scientists and clinicians to positively impact the lives of cancer patients around the world. Dana-Farber runners often participate...

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Harvard physics professor destroys transamerica speed record

Harvard physics professor Jenny Hoffman just crushed the cross transamerican speed record, running from San Francisco to New York in 47 days, 12 hours and 35 seconds, more than a week under the previous record (54d 16h 24m, set by Sandra Villines in 2017).

Cambridge, Mass. based Hoffman, 45, kicked off her nearly 3,000-mile (4,828 km) run in September, aiming to average just over 60 miles (100 km) per day. Hoffman had her sights set on the transamerican record and the women’s transcontinental Guinness World Record. Pending verification, she’s nailed those goals with time to spare.

The Trans American FKT (fastest known time) has a long and storied history. Before Villines broke the women’s record (by more than two weeks), it had not budged since 1978, with South African runner Mavis Hutchinson claiming a record 69d 2h 40m. Ultrarunner (and friend to Hoffman) Pete Kostelnick holds the men’s record of 42d 6h 30m, set in 2016.

“This morning I walked from New York City Hall to the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island,” Hoffman posted on Strava on Friday. “My daughter and I took off our shoes and waded in. Total mileage from sea to shining sea is 3,048 miles.”

Hoffman rowed on the varsity crew team as an undergraduate student at Harvard, and began to run marathons in her senior year. From there she progressed to triathlons and ultras. She won the national title in the USA Track and Field National Championship 24-hour run in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and was selected as the USATF athlete of the week in Sept. 2016. She also competed on the gold medal-winning team at the IAU 24-Hour world championships in Belfast in 2017.

The runner’s accomplishment is a redemption of sorts: she also made an attempt at securing the transamerica record in 2019, before ending her run prematurely in Cleveland, Ohio, after she injured her knee. In that attempt, Hoffman ran 2,560 miles in 42 days, averaging 61 miles per day (six days under world record pace). “Through surgery and rehab and pandemic and work and family life, I have dreamed every single day for 4 years about redoing and completing this run,” Hoffman wrote on her blog.

Hoffman shared parts of her journey on her blog, titled Run, Jenny, Run–a nod to the fictional Forrest Gump and its main character, who also made a cross-country run. Her run was also documented on the FKT website, and she shared a daily journal on Strava.

“It’s a beautiful country filled with beautiful people,” Hoffman said post-run.”God Bless America.”

(11/12/2023) ⚡AMP
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Keith and Kiprop claim Cardiff Cross Challenge crowns

Megan Keith secured a clear win while Keneth Kiprop prevailed after a sprint finish at the Cardiff Cross Challenge – a World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold event – on Saturday (11).

European U23 5000m champion Keith built on her fifth-place finish at the Cross Internacional de Atapuerca last month, beating a strong international field to win the 6.4km senior women's race by 17 seconds.

The 21-year-old, who started her year by finishing third at the CrossCup de Hannut and then raced for Great Britain at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, clocked 20:35 to win unchallenged on the muddy but relatively flat and winding course at Llandaff Fields.

Behind her, Ethiopia’s Likina Amebaw – who started as one of the leading contenders thanks to her Cross Country Tour Gold wins in Albufeira and Amorebieta this year – clocked 20:52 to secure the runner-up spot, seven seconds ahead of her compatriot Asmarech Anley.

Their fellow Ethiopian Meseret Yeshaneh, the world U20 steeplechase bronze medallist, was fourth a further three seconds back, while Britain’s Jessica Warner-Judd, who won in Cardiff in 2017, placed fifth.

“That was great fun. I’ve run here before, this is my third year now. Every year I love this course and I love coming here and running really hard so it was just another really good day out,” said Keith, who will be targeting a place for the European Cross Country Championships in Brussels next month.

“I love Cardiff as a box to check on my way to Liverpool (British trial race).”

While Keith opened a considerable advantage over her rivals, the senior men's race was much closer and the end of the 9.6km contest came down to a head-to-head battle.

Uganda’s 18-year-old Kiprop, who was sixth in the U20 event at the World Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, led for much of the race, establishing a lead in the opening stages and staying ahead until Kenya’s Vincent Mutai attacked.

Kiprop placed 15th in the road mile at the World Road Running Championships last month and he used some of that speed to respond to Mutai’s challenge, with the finish line in sight.

Mutai – who won the Cardiff Half Marathon in October – had been tracking Kiprop but as he tried to pass him in the closing stages, Kiprop kicked again and won in 28:32, three seconds ahead of Mutai.

Ethiopia’s Abele Bekele Alemu was third, half a minute behind them, with Britain’s Zak Mahamed fourth and Burundi’s Egide Ntakarutimana fifth.

“I enjoyed winning this race in Cardiff because it was my first time to run in Europe in cross country,” said Kiprop. “I thought that the sprint was going to win this race.”

 

(11/12/2023) ⚡AMP
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Should You Take Pain Relievers for Exercise-Induced Aches?

When to take cues from your body and rest, and when to treat soreness with pain relievers

For some athletes, taking pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (NSAID) to ease muscle soreness after a hard workout is second nature. However, while pain relievers may have their place in lessening discomfort, pain can also be an important signal from the body that you’ve overdone it. 

So, how do you know when to take an occasional Advil for an achy knee, and when to see a professional for help?

One of the most common reasons people feel sore after a workout is due to delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS. This can feel like tenderness in the muscles, stiffness, or mild swelling. For instance, if you had a tough leg workout, you might spend the next few days walking funny up and down the stairs. You can still exercise when you experience this kind of soreness as long as the tenderness doesn’t affect your movement. However, if you can’t properly execute an exercise without shifting form, then it’s wise to take it easy. It’s always important to warm up before a workout, especially if you’re feeling muscle fatigue. This can decrease the chance that your soreness will get in the way of your routine.

Dr. Hallie Zwibel, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, the Director of the Center for Sports Medicine, and Assistant Dean of Clinical Operations at the New York Institute of Technology, says that this kind of soreness is typical and shouldn’t be cause for concern. “After exercising, our muscles are inflamed,” he says. “If there’s no larger injury, this is normal and healthy. When the muscle heals after inflammation, it becomes stronger.”

In cases such as this, you can take an anti-inflammatory (such as ibuprofen) until DOMS subsides. Take note, however, of how often you’re doing this. Dr. Reuben Chen, MD, a Board-Certified Sports Medicine Physician, Holistic Pain Management Expert, and the Chief Medical Advisor at Sunrider International, notes that DOMS isn’t necessarily reoccurring, and thus you shouldn’t need to be popping pain relievers after every workout. In fact, as you progress in your physical fitness, DOMS should go away completely within a few weeks to a month.

“If there’s occasional swelling in the knee joint, for example, then taking an anti-inflammatory would be appropriate,” says Chen. “But if you notice the need to take an anti-inflammatory every time you exercise because of swelling and pain, then it’s time to seek professional help.”

To differentiate between injury and DOMS, you should pay attention to how the painful spot feels when you move around. With DOMS, the pain should lessen when you warm up and move your body. Injuries, however, usually become more painful with movement. Instead of soreness, an injury will feel like localized sharp pain and bruising that doesn’t go away. 

Chen makes it clear that, while NSAIDs can be helpful for short-term pain management, continuous use can be dangerous. Research shows that long-term usage can impair healing, make someone more prone to injury, and create health problems down the line. He adds that, if you really need a pain reliever, it might be best to take Tylenol, which has been shown to produce fewer GI issues in the future. 

“Try some other over-the-counter (OTC) medications, like Tylenol, about 30 to 60 minutes before you hit the gym,” Chen advises. “Also, be sure to consult with your doctor on any OTC meds you take and stay hydrated by drinking fluids before and during any workout.”

Chen, who has a background in traditional Chinese medicine, recommends also considering some Eastern medicine modalities for managing aches and pains. He adds that acupuncture is a beneficial holistic pain reliever alternative. Studies suggest that it’s effective at treating various forms of pain, including osteoarthritis and myofascial pain syndrome.

“Modalities like controlled breathing, ice, and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), are safe, inexpensive, and effective ways to reduce pain,”  Zwibel says. “They also empower patients by allowing them to feel more involved in their own care.”

Food, as we know, can often be the best medicine. Turmeric, for example, has been studied for its anti-inflammatory effects on irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, atherosclerosis, and other diseases. Hydrolyzed collagen, fatty fish, and ginger also have anti-inflammatory properties. The good thing about these options is that you can consistently take them, unlike NSAIDs that, over time, may cause issues with your heart, kidney, liver, and blood circulation. It’s always a good idea to look into alternatives before opting for pills. Overall, it’s best to avoid regular use of pain relievers like Advil and Tylenol after a workout to ease sore muscles.But if you need to occasionally take the edge off muscle aches and soreness, Tylenol is the best option.

Most importantly, remember to listen to the signals your body is giving you. If that aching isn’t clearing up, or seems more sharp and pronounced, it’s time to see a doctor.

(11/12/2023) ⚡AMP
by Outside Online
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Should You Exercise While Under the Weather?

While a light jog or quick weights session might help clear out lingering congestion, there are times when exercise might actually do your body (and others) more harm than good

If you are consistently active, you probably feel strong, healthy and at times utterly invincible. This can make it doubly painful when your body does succumb to illness which, let’s face it, happens to the best of us. Not only do you feel icky when you’re sick, but you’re also discouraged from doing the one thing that makes you feel great: exercise.

There are a number of infections we can pick up throughout the year, some worse than others. While we’ve always been told to avoid working out while sick, it’s tempting to ask how sick is sick, and what counts as “working out”? Is a light walk OK, or should you avoid any activity altogether? Can you do weights at home? Here’s the real question: When (if ever) is it OK to exercise while you’re sick?

As it turns out, the question of whether you should work out while sick may depend on what you’re sick with and the severity of your symptoms. While a fever and upset stomach would stop most of us from even thinking about touching a weight, a stuffy nose and headache might actually benefit from a few minutes of movement. Here’s what you need to know to decide whether you should be working out while sick.

Under “normal” conditions, exercise is an acute stress that can temporarily suppress your immune system. As Kristina Kendall, Ph.D., lecturer at Edith Cowan University’s School of Medical and Health Sciences, explains, this really isn’t as bad as it sounds. “Your body’s immune system usually recovers within a couple of hours, assuming you are healthy and not already battling an infection,” she says. Over time, this pattern can actually build a stronger immune system.

However, when your immune system is already compromised (i.e., when you’re already sick), exercise will only make things worse. “Rarely would I recommend working out while sick, especially if it is a viral illness,” Kendall says. Viral infections can be spread through the air or on surfaces, while bacterial infections are spread through direct contact. Since working out while sick puts you in close proximity to others touching the same equipment, it’s best to stay out of the gym when you’re sick, both for your own health and for others.

“Working out while experiencing symptoms of a cold or flu not only can slow down the recovery process, but it also can put those around you at risk,” Kendall says.

How much rest you take also depends on the type of illness you have. If you’re experiencing a sinus infection or a head cold, for example, you can start working out once your primary symptoms (headache, sinus pressure, etc.) subside. You may feel good enough to go for a walk or a light bike ride after five to seven days, although in some cases, cold symptoms can last up to two weeks.

As long as you’re not battling below-the-neck symptoms like fever, tightness in the chest, sore throat or stomach ache, a light workout might even help clear up some of that lingering congestion. On this point, Kendall agrees. “Once the heavy symptoms are gone, getting some fresh air, sweating a bit, increasing blood flow and moving your body can actually feel pretty nice,” she says.

Infections that affect your respiratory system — chest cold, flu, pneumonia — are a whole different story. These types of illnesses can make breathing very difficult during exercise, so Kendall recommends waiting to work out until symptoms have passed completely. This is also another instance when your health can affect the health of those around you. If you have a respiratory infection and are coughing and contagious, stay away from public gyms. Nobody wants your germs.

Another thing to consider when weighing whether to work out is whether other factors might be off. As Kendall points out, in addition to making you feel crummy, illness can throw your sleep schedule, hydration and eating patterns off.

“Poor sleep, inadequate nutrition and dehydration only compound the negative effects of working out while sick,” she says. So not only will your performance during the workout suffer, but you’ll also probably do more harm than good and lengthen the time it takes your body to recover.

The take-away message? You really won’t see any improvements in performance and/or physique if you exercise while sick. Use this forced downtime to sleep, hydrate and recover. According to Kendall, if you allow your body to fully rest and recover, you’ll gain back any fitness losses more quickly than if you try to push through.

“Rest does a body good,” she says. “If you let your body fully heal, it’s also less likely you’ll catch another cold/virus in a couple of weeks.” So take a week off — big deal! You’ll gain back any fitness that you lost pretty quickly once you’re feeling better.

If you absolutely must exercise, you can get outside (not in a public gym where you can spread germs) and do some light exercise once your symptoms subside. When in doubt, check with your doctor for his or her recommendations and to learn how long you might be contagious for. This will definitely let you know when you can safely return to the gym.

(11/12/2023) ⚡AMP
by Outside Online
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Which Shoe Brand Won the NYC Marathon?

We scored the race like an XC meet. Here are the results.One problem with pro running is that there’s no real team system to create legit rivalries and wild fan support. The major sports have figured this out—grown men wear Detroit Lions jerseys to Costco. Nobody’s slipping on a Hansons-Brooks singlet to hit up the Home Depot.

That could be in part because there is no league. Casual fans can’t throw their undying faith behind NAZ Elite and root for them to beat up on OAC during a showdown in the summer road racing season. Plus, there aren’t really any competitions where teams square off for bragging rights and team trophies—well, maybe USATF Cross Country Championships.

With XC in mind, let’s apply that kind of scoring to the NYC Marathon and manufacture some team drama.

In another article, I looked at the top 10 shoes from the marathon. But what happens when we go a bit deeper and look behind the pros? Which brand’s team is the best?Standing on the sidelines, I snapped photos of runners until the packs became too thick for me to capture everybody clearly. Then I sat with the results and matched runners to their shoes based on their bib numbers.

The elite fields were fairly small this year, so I left the pros in the scoring mix. Congrats, David Puleo from New York City, you were actually on Team Adidas with Tamirat Tola this year.

This is meant to be a fun look at shoes but, to be fair, there are many holes that can be poked into this scoring system. Nike and Adidas have bigger budgets and brought in more ringers. Likewise, because there were so many people wearing Nike, more were bound to make it to the finish line—Cam Levins (Asics) and Reed Fisher (Adidas) both dropped out but would certainly have scored well for their squads.

SWOOSHES EVERYWHERE

First, let’s take a look at the stunning number of Nikes that dotted the course. Here’s a count of the shoes among the top 250 runners. Nearly ⅔ of these runners had the swoosh.The ratio of Vaporfly and Alphafly to other shoe models got even more skewed as the times slowed. Of the final 35 runners I tagged, only 4 weren’t wearing Nike—1 Hoka, 1 Saucony, and 2 Adidas.SCORING

Now, on to the race results. Given the sheer number of Nike runners, it seemed inevitable that they’d win this meet in 2023. But, are other squads competitive? How close are they? And how strongly do the smaller brands compete on the streets?

A primer on XC scoring: In traditional cross-country, teams can have 7 runners, but only 5 actually figure into their own team’s score. But the 6th and 7th runners on a team can have a huge impact in the standings, because their place can affect their opponents’ scores. If they finish in front of another team’s 5th runner, that pushes the opponents’ score one point higher.

Let’s illustrate that with our top two teams.Not every brand in the race had enough runners across the line to yield a team score. This is only because I stopped keeping score when roughly 250 men had run by me at the 24-mile mark. They all certainly would have had five runners, in a field of 51,933 runners. But, by that time, the packs of runners became too thick for me to reliably capture bib numbers and shoes so that I could match them with their final standing later. I even peeped MarathonFoto for a few runners that I missed—some second-wavers ran really fast times!—but it was a painfully slow process and the images are too low res to accurately tell shoes apart unless they were garish neon colors that instantly gave away the brand. So I abandoned the exercise at 250 men.

(For this same reason, I was unable to score the women’s race. I made an attempt, but bib numbers were blocked too consistently to reasonably get enough data.)

Once I had the top finishers matched with their shoe brand (team), I omitted any who had finished outside their team’s top 7. In some XC races, you can run a big team, but runners 8 and up are yanked from the results for team scoring purposes.Interestingly, New Balance athletes ran in a tight pack, with the team’s 7th man finishing 31st. But they just didn’t have the pro-caliber runners needed at the front of the race to hang with the teams that made our podium.

MORE CHOICES, BUT ONE CLEAR LEADER

The takeaway from all this? There are many brands building great racing shoes right now, as evidenced by the parity in the top finishers of marathons. But, further back in the pack, Nike still dominates with competitive runners. That stands to reason, as they had a few years head start on everybody else in the super shoe race.

How will these standings look in a few years, after other brands have had more time for their innovations to proliferate? If it follows suit with the pro field, expect to see some of the also-rans make a strong challenge for the podium and team title.

(11/12/2023) ⚡AMP
by Runner’s World
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The Queen of Pain Dauwalter Shares Her Secrets for Going Long

WITH COURTNEY DAUWALTER, WHO HAD ONE OF THE MOST LEGENDARY YEARS IN TRAIL-RUNNING HISTORY IN 2023, BECOMING THE FIRST PERSON TO WIN THE TRIPLE CROWN OF 100-MILE RACES IN A SINGLE SEASON. 

LET ME EXPLAIN (1) Comfort is key! I prefer [shorts with] long inseams because I am most comfortable in them. We should all wear the clothes that make us feel our best when we’re out trying hard things. (2) I love any type of route, really, but loops definitely feel like big adventures. Not knowing what’s around each corner or what view you might be rewarded with is exciting. (3) Early mornings feel so simple and peaceful. I love to drink my coffee and watch the sun rise while I plan out my day. (4) Smiling always helps! (5) Staying in the moment, focusing on taking the next step, and repeating a positive mantra are things I try to do during the toughest moments of any run.

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How to use time off to make you a stronger and faster runner

New Brunswick-based coach Stephen Andersen explains how to use time off to make you a stronger, faster runner.

The fall racing season is coming to a close, and if you’re not already there, the off season is at your doorstep. Whether you appreciate taking some time off training or you loathe getting out of your regular running routine, one thing is certain: downtime is an important part of your training plan. We spoke with coach and agent Stephen Andersen of Fredericton, who explained how runners can maximize their downtime so they come back healthier and stronger for their next training block.

For starters, Andersen doesn’t like the term “off-season:” “Running is a year-round sport, despite the sometimes crummy weather we get in Canada,” he says. “Instead, I like to frame it as taking downtime.”

This downtime, he says, should usually follow a big goal race or tough training block. For example, he says it’s important to take some time off after a marathon, because it allows your body to rest and recover. He adds that taking some downtime can also help your body absorb your previous block of training, so you can return to running feeling rested and ready to work hard. It also helps to mentally reset and prepare for your next goal.

How long should your downtime be?

This, Andersen says, will vary from runner to runner, and will depend on several factors, including what kind of race you’re training for, what your cross-training is like and how your body is feeling. “It is very contextual and individualistic,” he says. “For some people, one week of downtime is plenty. Others need a couple of weeks to a month of downtime before ramping back up into training.”

He notes that even two-time Olympic champion and former world record-holder Eluid Kipchoge takes it easy for about a month following a big goal marathon.

Should you run during your downtime?

Again, this depends. Andersen says the important thing is that runners keep moving during their downtime, since not moving can lead to tendon issues and other injuries when you start running again. Being too sedentary during downtime is one of the biggest mistakes he sees runners make.

“It will shock the system when you return to run,” he says. “Think of a gas fireplace. You leave the pilot on for most of the year, so when you need to turn up the heat, you are able to do it seamlessly and quickly, usually with no issues.” Turning that pilot off for too long, on the other hand, can lead to trouble.

He encourages runners to incorporate cross-training to maintain some base fitness during their downtime, such as cycling, pool running, swimming, cross-country skiing or using the elliptical. “This takes some of the impacts off the body, but also ensures you are keeping your muscles and tendons active, so there isn’t a shock when you return to running,” he says.

This doesn’t mean you can’t do any running at all during your downtime. If you’re taking more than one week off training, Andersen says you can incorporate one or two short, easy runs per week to keep your body used to the impact of running. “If someone is taking three weeks of downtime, the first week off I may suggest running once, the second week two or three times, and the third, three or four runs, with some easy elliptical and biking mixed in during each of those weeks,” he says.

You can also try participating in other sports during your downtime, which can help you develop skills that will make you a better runner, such as explosiveness, mobility and stability. Just be careful that you don’t get injured playing a different sport if you have a big running goal on the horizon.

The bottom line

Taking downtime to allow your body to rest and recover is an important part of your training plan and shouldn’t be neglected. As long as you continue moving and then return to running gradually so your body has time to adjust, a little time off will make you a better runner.

(11/11/2023) ⚡AMP
by Brittany Hambleton
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Three ways to build a strong running base this winter

While it’s exciting to be training toward a very distinct goal race or distance, it’s important to have a strong running base before you begin to direct your effort toward something more intense. Having a strong aerobic and structural foundation to build on helps prevent injuries, and your body will adapt more easily when you introduce race-specific training. Even experienced runners should consider inserting a base-building block (or several) into their training.

The colder months are a great time to focus on your base before ramping up your training for the spring race season–a running base is usually built over a minimum of four weeks. Here’s how, and why, you can build a strong base this winter.

What exactly is base-building?

On his website, McMillan Running, renowned endurance coach Greg McMillan explains there are five goals of base-building. Runners work toward building aerobic efficiency, improving musculoskeletal durability, improving their ability to burn fat rather than carbohydrate as fuel, improving the endurance of fast twitch muscle fibres and creating a tireless mental state. While that list might seem daunting, the key components are actually as simple as going back to basics, which essentially means lots of easy running.

1.- Keep your runs at a conversational pace

While speedwork is essential when prepping for a race, base-building is a time to keep your runs easy and comfortable. You should be able to talk easily throughout your run, and your effort should consistently feel very manageable. Slow running builds muscular strength and teaches your cardio, respiratory and muscular systems to work more efficiently. It also increases the quantity and size of mitochondria, improving oxygen use and glycogen stores.

If you struggle with keeping to an easy pace, adding strides—short accelerations of 80-100 metres, or 20 to 30 seconds—a couple of times a week after a routine easy run can ease restless legs. A speedy parkrun or faster-paced session tossed into your training is OK, just keep the focus on finessing that easy pace.

2.- Add mileage slowly

After a race, reduce mileage to a range that is comfortable for you–your peak mileage, or the amount of running you do right before your pre-race taper, is not what you should return to post-race, as tempting as it may be.

Once you’ve established a starting point, adding between five and 10 per cent every other week is a rough guideline for building gradually while decreasing your risk for injuries. Everyone has an individual range, so if you’re an experienced athlete, you may be comfortable adding more, and newer runners may want to increase mileage at an even more conservative rate.

3.- Master the art of recovery

Most runners are reluctant to focus on their recovery days. After all, rest days are as simple as not running, right? Recovery days should actually be considered as essential as any peak training workout, and runners should take time to focus on prioritizing good sleep hygiene and top-notch fuelling. Don’t skimp on meals just because you aren’t running–rest days are the perfect time to prepare and enjoy nutritious, energy-packed meals (meal-prepping for the week is a great idea, if you have extra time). Make sure to head to bed early, and focus on de-stressing and self-care.

(11/11/2023) ⚡AMP
by Keeley Milne
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Caroline Jepchirchir headlines Athens Marathon

The reigning Iten Marathon champion, Caroline Jepchirchir will be the star to watch at the 40th edition of the Athens Classic Marathon scheduled for this Sunday (12) in Athens, Greece.

The 35 year-old comes to this race with a personal best 2:26.11 that she got last year at the Enschede Marathon where she finished in fourth place.

Jepchirchir will battle for honors with eleven time Lithuania’s National champion, Vaida Zusinaite-Nekriosiene, who comes to this race with a life time best of 2:32.50 that she got in 2016 at the Hannover Marathon.

Jepchirchir will be targeting to lower the race course record of 2:31.06 set thirteen years ago by Lithuania’s Rasa Drazdauskaitė.

 

(11/11/2023) ⚡AMP
by John Vaselyne
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Athens Marathon

The Athens Classic (authentic) Marathon is an annual marathon road race held in Athens, Greece, normally in early November. The race attracted 43.000 competitors in 2015 of which 16.000 were for the 42.195 km course, both numbers being an all-time record for the event. The rest of the runners competed in the concurrent 5 and 10 kilometers road races and...

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6 Common Causes of Back Pain in Runners and How to Avoid the Aches

These are the common causes of back pain in runners, according to experts.

If you want to solve a problem, you have to go to the source. The only problem: Pinpointing the source of your back pain can be somewhat tricky. The discomfort can stem from your running, but also activities beyond your workouts, like lifting something that’s too heavy or sleeping on a brand new mattress. 

To help find the common causes of back pain in runners, though, researchers of a study published in Pain Research and Management surveyed 800 marathon runners to better understand how they experience lower back pain and identify potential risk factors. Of the marathoners who reported pain, risk factors included an insufficient warmup, fatigue, poor running posture, and even the environmental temperature. 

While these may cause you to experience aches in your back, we asked a physical therapist and sports physician for other surprising and common causes of back pain—plus what you can do to avoid all of these risk factors for discomfort.

1. You’re Not Strength Training

A weak core—or any weakness along your kinetic chain, including in the muscles around your feet, ankles, knees, or hips—can affect your body’s ability to absorb the impact of running. 

“If a runner’s body isn’t absorbing shock well or efficiently, there will be excess impact forces that are transmitted through the legs and up into the spine or lower back, which can cause low back pain or discomfort,” Daniel Giordano, D.P.T., C.S.C.S., physical therapist and cofounder of Bespoke Treatments, tells Runner’s World. 

This is why it’s so important to strength train at least twice a week, so you can build stronger running muscles for the road. For runners with a weak core or hips, practicing planks and lunges can help stabilize these muscles, says Giordano. Other moves to target typically weak areas of runners include single-leg calf raises for stronger ankles, lateral banded walks for knee strength, and glute bridges for stronger hips. 

Muscle weakness can also cause runners to overcompensate in other areas of the body, which can result in poor running form and also contribute to back pain, Giordano adds. For example, a weak core can cause a runner to slouch or lean forward which places extra stress on the low back and can disrupt running mechanics. 

The best way to zero in on weaknesses and compensations is to visit a professional, like a physical therapist, sports physician, or orthopedist, who can use technology like a 3D gait analysis to assess your running form and measure your ability to absorb shock, and motion analysis to measure your joint range of motion, says Giordano. 

2. You Don’t Warmup

You need to warmup before every workout to properly prepare your muscles for what’s to come, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting throughout the day.

“If you’re sitting all day, your hips are probably going to be tight,” says Giordano. “Then, if you’re not warming up after sitting and just going straight into a run, you’re not going to be ready to run.” Essentially, your body won’t be able to get through ideal gait mechanics without overcompensating. 

For example, “tight hips can limit your range of motion and force other parts of your body, such as your back, to compensate for the restricted movement, which can also result in pain and discomfort,” he explains. 

To fix this, Giordano suggests doing a dynamic warmup, which requires actively stretching your hips, glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves, and rotating your spine to ensure your muscles are ready to go at run time. To target these areas and activate these muscle groups, try bodyweight squats, mini band lunges, pogo jumps, and standing spinal rotations. Also, jog in place or walk for a few minutes before you start picking up the pace, he adds.

3. You’re Wearing the Wrong Shoes

Finding the right pair of running shoes will help improve shock absorption, which can decrease back pain. 

When determining which shoes to choose, it’s all about your running gait, Aaron Mares, M.D., associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and associate medical director for the Pittsburgh Marathon tells Runner’s World. You may need more or less cushion depending on your biomechanics. 

More specifically, your level of pronation—the inward movement of your foot as it rolls optimally to distribute the force impact as you run—will contribute to the kind of running shoe you need, says Mares. 

A running gait analysis can also help identify the shoe that’s best for you. For example, if the analysis determines you overpronate, you might want to consider insoles or a stability shoe. 

Also, look for a lightweight shoe with cushion, as this can not only help you avoid pain but also keep you from slowing down, says Giordano. Heading to your local running store to test shoes before you buy them is always a smart move. 

4. You Increase Your Mileage Too Quickly

“If you’re increasing your volume or your intensity too fast, and your body’s not equipped to handle it, that will lead to excessive force on your lower back,” says Giordano.

That’s why it’s important for you to slowly increase your training volume by 10 to 15 percent each week, so your body can build strength and endurance, he explains. This means if your longest run is five miles but your goal is to run 10 miles, you’d increase your longest run by about 0.5 miles each week until you reach your goal. 

Also, you may want to consider where you’re running, especially if you frequently run on concrete or up hills, as this can also contribute to your pain. “If you’re running on a really hard surface, you’re going to put a lot more impact force up through your kinetic chain versus if you run on soft dirt, fine gravel, or a trail,” says Mares. 

A change of scenery can offer a simple fix—head out to the trails or softer paths like grass—but you also might want to consider dialing back your frequency or intensity. Cross-training with cycling or swimming, especially if running somewhere else isn’t an option, is also a smart option for sidestepping aches when your back asks for it, Mares adds. 

5. You're Not Recovering Properly

“If you’re not sleeping well and not recovering, your body’s never healing. You're constantly in a state of stress, and probably should take more days off,” says Giordano.

Your body needs complete rest days mixed into your schedule so it can properly heal before your next workout. Adequate rest days will prevent you from overtraining, therefore helping you decrease your chances for muscle issues, like back pain, that can stem from an overuse injury.

Ideally, you want to have one full rest day a week, and get at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

6. You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

Believe it or not, inadequate hydration levels can also contribute to the risk of back pain. “If you’re not well hydrated, your muscles can become tight and it can lead to strains or sprains, including those in your lower back,” says Giordano.

To avoid this, aim for the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation of men taking in at least 3.7 liters (or 125 ounces) and women 2.7 liters (or 91 ounces), per day, from fluids and water-containing foods.

(11/11/2023) ⚡AMP
by Runner’s World
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg Treasures Time on His Feet

He has toddler twins and a very big job, but the cabinet member makes running a priority.

When you’re a “transportation guy,” as Pete Buttigieg calls himself, there’s no better place to run than Gravelly Point Park, in Arlington, Virginia, under the flight path of planes on final approach at Reagan Washington National Airport.

“It feels as though the planes are trying to land right between your eyes, and then you watch them go over your head,” said Buttigieg, the 41-year-old U.S. Secretary of Transportation. “It’s just really fun and motivating.”

Buttigieg—who in 2021 was sworn in as the youngest member of President Biden’s Cabinet—is (with all respect due to a government leader) a bit of a dork when it comes to planes.

“There it is!” he said, as a United Airbus passed close overhead. “You hear that swizzling noise in the air? That’s wake turbulence!”

“Turbulent” is a word Buttigieg uses regularly, although his political career has been mostly smooth sailing. In 2011, he was elected mayor of his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. Eight years later, he entered the Democratic presidential race as a longshot candidate and won the Iowa caucuses. He ended his bid in March 2020 and endorsed the man who’s now his boss, Joe Biden. 

Recently Buttigieg squeezed a midmorning run with this reporter into a typically hectic day at the helm of a 53,000-employee department: getting his two-year-old twins fed, dressed, and off to daycare; meeting with the German minister of transportation; welcoming the newly confirmed FAA administrator to his post; meeting with colleagues at the Commerce Department; talking permitting processes at the White House; and then attending a state dinner for the Prime Minister of Australia. Wardrobe requirements included a suit, running clothes, and a tuxedo.

On days like that, running is a source of satisfaction and stress relief. As a cabinet secretary, Buttigieg is required to train with security; his detail trails behind him on a bike while he runs, or waits by the water’s edge while he swims. (When members of Buttigieg’s open-water swimming group tried to correct a hitch in the Secretary’s stroke, his security team protested, “Don’t fix that! It’s the only way we know which one is him!”) 

For Buttigieg, knowing Secret Service members’ jobs revolve around his workout schedule is the ultimate in accountability. “It’s definitely kept me from hitting the snooze button more than once,” he said.

Apart from this interview, conducted at sub-10-minute-mile pace, and the occasional bit of bipartisan “jogging diplomacy,” as he calls runs with members of Congress, Buttigieg tends not to mix work with training. He runs about five days a week, usually early in the morning, when most people are too focused on their own workouts to recognize him.

“I get spotted a little bit, but not enough to disrupt my training,” Buttigieg said. “Once in a while somebody wants to take a selfie when I’m mid-run, and I’m never sure how to handle that. Usually I just do it.” 

Humble run beginnings

As a teenager, Buttigieg did not take to running naturally.

“It’s difficult to overstate how unathletic I was,” said Buttigieg, who joined the track and cross-country teams at St. Joseph’s High School in South Bend. “I was the kid who was so far behind at a cross-country meet that I might take a wrong turn because there was nobody left on the course. So it meant a lot to me, years later, when I got to be speedier.”

His progression from back-of-the-packer to one of the fittest members of the executive branch took years. As an undergrad at Harvard, Buttigieg would run on the treadmill or along the Charles River, but never more than three to four miles. At Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, Buttigieg added rowing to his endurance repertoire. By his mid 20s, running had become a “comfortable habit”—and a gratifying one.

“There’s a level of coordination that I may never have to be good at basketball,” he said. “But running—the more you do it, the more rewarding it becomes.”

When Buttigieg joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 2009, he excelled at the 1.5-mile run that was part of the requisite fitness test, getting close to a perfect score of 9 minutes flat.

“For a while I was the fastest guy in my unit, which felt great because I was always the slowest guy in my high school,” he said. 

In 2014, during a seven-month deployment as a counterintelligence officer in Afghanistan, Buttigieg ran a half marathon at the U.S. base in Bagram. In addition to the typical instructions about course markers and fluid stations, the pre-race briefing included warnings to participants about the potential for rocket attacks. He ran his current PR of 1:42.

A triathlon two years in the making

Buttigieg continued to run throughout his mayorship of South Bend and his 2019–20 presidential run. In 2021, his first year as transportation secretary, he was training for a half-Ironman in Michigan when he and husband, Chasten, adopted premature newborn twins, Penelope and Gus. Suddenly, instead of miles, Buttigieg was counting ounces of formula. Long training runs were scrapped during sleepless nights and Gus’s hospitalization with RSV.

It took until this year before Buttigieg could try another tri. Preparing for a half-Ironman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run) is a major undertaking for anyone. But when you’ve got 2-year-olds, Buttigieg said, “physically redirecting and restraining them is a huge part of parenting.” He followed a 16-week training plan he got online and relied on Chasten to hold down the fort with their kids on weekend mornings while he did long runs or four-hour bike rides.

“I would try to make up for it later in the day, but there’s no way I could’ve done this without Chasten being very supportive,” Buttigieg said. “While there’s an ethos of self-discovery and self-reliance in endurance sports, it really does bring out how dependent you can be on others to support you.”

During the race, held in mid-September in Michigan, Chasten and the kids hung out at a nearby playground—“we were playing with fire when it came to naptime”—and were at the finish line when “Papa” crossed in 6 hours and 31 minutes, largely on the strength of a 2:05 half marathon leg.

“It was pretty thrilling, although there was a fair amount of pain,” Buttigieg said. “But the kids really got into it, and that’s part of why you do this, to be in good health for the people you love.”

Buttigieg said he was wrecked for a couple of days post-race, but he now hopes to take his fitness out for an occasional spin—perhaps a run at a half marathon PR. But he won’t undertake another 6-hour race anytime soon.

“I don’t think I can do something this time intensive again while I’ve got this job,” he said. “It’s too much to ask of Chasten.”

A runner’s perspective on infrastructure

After he averaged about 25 miles per week during his triathlon buildup, now it’s back to shorter workouts for Buttigieg. And with more than 100 miles of traffic-separated pathways up and down the Potomac, the nation’s capital is an endurance athlete’s paradise. “There are few better places to run in the whole world, I would argue,” he said. 

The Washington area represents the kind of well-connected, accessible and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure the Department of Transportation wants to build more of through its National Roadway Safety program. For Buttigieg, helping communities around the country build separate paths for running and biking is about a population’s safety as much as its fitness.

“I worry sometimes that a path like this is viewed as purely ornamental,” he said. “I would argue that the recreational case is pretty compelling, but also fundamentally, safety is on the line. The very layout of our roads can either incentivize or discourage active transportation, and they can either make it safer or more dangerous.”

Buttigieg formed a new perspective on road design in 2016, when he was part of a group of U.S. mayors who traveled to Denmark. Buttigieg saw 1970s-era photos of Copenhagen, which now rivals Amsterdam for highest rate of bike commuting, and recognized the look of a lot of car-dependent American cities.

“That’s when the lightbulb went off,” he said. “It’s not some immutable Nordic cultural characteristic that changed things. It was some conscious decisions made by planners to make it more attractive and safer. By doing that, they reduced congestion, they reduced pollution, and over the long run, they increased safety.”

Buttigieg has a lot of priorities beyond encouraging active transportation. He wants to train more air traffic controllers. Strengthen HazMat requirements for railroads. Build more roads and bridges. Budget cuts or a government shutdown would make it harder to accomplish those projects.

When political roadblocks lead to frustration, he works through it with exercise. He is a transportation secretary who gets to where he needs to be, psychologically and physically, by putting one foot in front of the other. 

“Especially in the early morning when the dawn’s just breaking over the river here, it’s hard not to feel even in our troubled Washington that there’s some magnificence to our nation’s capital,” Buttigieg said. “You count your blessings after a run, if not always during one.”

(11/11/2023) ⚡AMP
by Runner’s World
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For 48 Years, Robert “Raven” Kraft Ran the Same Eight Miles. Every Single Day.

Raven has organized his life around a run streak on Miami’s South Beach, inspiring countless runners along the way. Now, it’s coming to a close.

When Raven answered his landline, he told me he was “hanging in.” Me, too, I told him, thinking about the impending pickups for my three kids and a long list of to-dos. But no, he was hanging in, engaged in an isometric hang to help ease some of his back pain. 

It’s that unrelenting back pain, which he thinks started in earnest after helping a fellow runner move in 1995, that has driven Robert “Raven” Kraft, 73, to scale back his eight-miles-on-the-beach run streak. Since 1975, Raven has run an out-and-back eight miles on South Beach in Miami, starting at the 5th Street Lifeguard Station.

(In 2020 he spent two weeks running on the roads, which nearly destroyed his ailing back. Local authorities gave him the okay to return; they told police that Kraft was patrolling the miles of empty beach amidst the pandemic.) 

“My body is forcing me to do this,” Kraft told me of his plans to run five miles instead of eight. “I truly don’t want to, but my streak will continue, as the longest in the world on the sand.” 

Kraft started running when he was 19. He wrote a song during his time trying to make it as a country artist in Nashville, but he says he didn’t know anything about copyright. Later, he heard the song on the radio, played by another artist. 

“I had a few angry years,” Kraft previously told Runner’s World. A friend encouraged him to start running. That friend dubbed Kraft, “Raven.” 

“You always wear black, you’re up late at night, and you write sad songs,” Kraft recalled what his friend said. 

But running helped. He worked his way up from a couple of miles to five miles to eight miles. On New Year’s Eve 1975, he vowed to run every day. This New Year’s Eve will mark 49 years. 

The streak is going to look different. Sunday, November 5, was the last day Kraft ran his eight-mile route. I can hear the pain in Kraft’s voice when he talks about just missing the 49-year-mark of running eight miles. 

“It breaks my heart.” 

But eight miles was always arbitrary, Kraft admits; it’s not even his favorite number. 

“Everyone can do a 10K. Seven was too short. Nine was too long,” he says, sounding like a less chipper Goldilocks.

On Sunday, nearly 40 runners, including a 5- and 8-year-old, joined Raven for his last eight-miler. 

“No one said anything negative to me, like, ‘So you’re cutting down to five miles?’” Kraft says. Anyone who knows him knows this decision was not taken lightly.

The shorter run will free up more than an hour a day—I hate to stop running eight, but running five might keep me alive, Kraft says, pointing out, poetically, that five miles is (just about) eight kilometers.

Less time running means Kraft can spend more time writing and performing music. 

That’s all he’s ever wanted to do: run on the beach, work out, and write music. Last month he came out with his first album: An Unkindness by Raven and the Dark Shadows. (An unkindness is a flock of ravens, by the way.) Dave Abbruzzese of Pearl Jam is featured on the song, “Dracula.” 

“My whole life has been built around [this streak],” Kraft told me. “I’ve had to give up a lot of things, weddings, parties. I have a strict schedule. I have to get back here. I’m always looking at my watch.” 

It was at this moment that it hit me; this wasn’t just a get-the-miles-where-you-can daily run streak. Kraft starts at 5:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. during standard time) from the same spot and runs the same eight-mile route. I asked him if he had any regrets. 

He paused. 

“Unlike you, I have no family. No kids. I didn’t make a whole lot of money working security 

Kraft has run with nearly 3,700 people over the past five decades. He keeps a log, and everyone he runs with gets a nickname. And just because Kraft has to cut back to five miles, to become an official Raven Runner, anyone who joins him has to run the full eight. (“Sorry,” he says.) 

Kraft says his daily runs have taught him to be more accepting. 

“I’ve changed,” he says. “I’m easier to be around. Running has been my savior. I don’t want to give it up. I was shy as a kid. A loner. An outcast. Running got me out of my shell and brought out the best in me.”

Death aside, Kraft says there might be one reason he’d break his streak: accepting a Country Music Association Award in Nashville.

“I’ve never been on a plane,” he says. But then he pauses.

“Maybe I’d send somebody in my place. Or do a video thing. Zoom or something.”

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jobs. I’m hoping my songs might change that.” 

And except for the debilitating spinal stenosis and sciatica, “I’m in pretty good shape.” Kraft says he felt less worse after Monday's five-miler, which is a good sign. He’s already considering running eight miles on special occasions, like the 49th anniversary on December 31. What’s more, perhaps, is that Kraft felt the burden of the eight-mile streak being lifted.

(11/11/2023) ⚡AMP
by Runner’s World
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Garmin Vs. Coros: Which Sports Smartwatch Is Right for You?

Both brands offer state-of-the-art fitness tracking and outdoor adventure features, but beyond that they diverge down very different paths.When it comes to discussion on the best high-end, advanced-use sports watches, Garmin and Coros are frequently mentioned in the same breath. Both provide features for outdoor sports, packing their various product lines with an array of features to support not only everyday fitness endeavors like weight training and running, but outdoor activities like hiking, triathlon and marathon training, cycling, golf, skiing, swimming, diving, and even pickleball. Both brands are known for their durable design, intuitive user experience, and better-than-average battery life, earning high scores from tech critics and users alike.

That being said, Coros and Garmin fitness trackers, smartwatches and heart monitors fill different roles in your day-to-day life. If Garmin smartwatches are designed to track essentially everything throughout your day from fitness to sleep to menstrual cycles—a kind of do-it-all sports watch for general health and sports enthusiasts—Coros targets dedicated athletes who are looking to hone their training to expert levels.Which is right for you comes down to a few considerations about how you intend to use a particular tracker and what kind of athlete you are. To demystify the matter of Coros vs. Garmin, let’s take a look at how a few of each brand’s most popular models fare against each other.

Garmin versus Coros smartwatches and fitness trackers

Best for most runners: Garmin Forerunner 965 vs. Coros Pace 3

Best advanced: Garmin epix Pro vs. Coros Vertix 2

Best lightweight: Garmin Forerunner 745 vs. Coros Pace 3

Best heart monitor: Garmin HRM-Pro Plus vs. Coros Heart Rate Monitor

Best accessories: Garmin watch bands vs. Coros watch bands

Key differences between Garmin and Coros sports watches

How we compared

Over the past several years, I’ve experimented with nearly all of the major releases from both Garmin and Coros. I’ve worn them through all manner of activities, from weightlifting to running, swimming to cycling, to plenty of backcountry hikes and trail runs and more, and I’ve tested their fitness tracking and metrics thoroughly.

I’ve strapped them on as day-to-day watches, comparing their smart features and their user experiences. And I’ve compared my findings with those of other expert reviewers to determine why you might prefer one or the other.

Garmin vs. Coros: Best for runnersThe Coros Pace 3 is one of the best running watches on the market, especially if you’re seeking advanced tracking without breaking the bank. Renowned for offering some of the most accurate and atomized run metrics you can find, the Pace 3 tracks all the usual factors like speed, distance, pace, calories burned, and so on, but gets further detailed by analyzing factors like running and form power, ground time, left/right balance, stride ratio, and more. While its smart features are fairly minimal, this is an outstanding watch for serious runners looking to shave seconds off their race times.

The Garmin Forerunner 965 is a fantastic tracker as well, but you’re definitely paying for that greatness. For its price, you’ll enjoy the stunning AMOLED screen, smart features like contactless pay, onboard Spotify, quality sleep tracking, offline maps, and even a flashlight, along with some serious run tracking chops.

While its metrics aren’t quite as granular as those of the Pace 3, it still provides plenty of useful data, like heart rate variability, which will show how your cardiovascular system evolves over the course of training.

Garmin vs. Coros: Best advancedThe Garmin epix Pro is just about as advanced as a watch gets. It does pretty much everything a smartwatch can do, tracks possibly the most expansive range of fitness metrics out there, and has a vivid display. It’s durably built and looks impressive.

New running features like a hill score (which measures your ability to charge up hills) and an endurance score (which combines your running and hiking capabilities to determine your fitness for long-distance running) will be appealing to avid runners. No matter which of the three sizes you choose it’s a pretty huge watch, and it’s definitely expensive, but for a sports watch that does pretty much everything, it’s hard to beat.

The Coros Vertix 2 is similarly enormous and pricey (though not as pricey), but it’s also similarly expansive in terms of what it has to offer. With more than enough fitness metrics for advanced trainers, a solid array of smart functions, and a competitively wide, bright screen, it’s an extremely capable sports watch.

Where it really sets itself apart, however, is the battery life. 60 days in smartwatch mode and 140 hours in GPS mode is outstanding. It’s also built tough and has an appealingly rugged vibe.

Garmin vs. Coros: Best lightweightAs far as running trackers go, the Garmin Forerunner 745 is a great option all around, and it’s the lightest in Garmin’s lineup to boot. While it offers all of the expansive running and fitness tracking capabilities that the Forerunner lineup is known for, it’s also more affordable than its namesakes of different numbers.

Its smartwatch functionality is decent for a lightweight watch geared toward running, and the recent addition of incident detection helps keep you safe on runs. Battery life is pretty poor and it could use a few more sleep metrics, but for a watch this light and affordable it has a lot to offer.

For the lightweight champion of the Coros lineup, we return to the Pace 3. At 30 grams, it’s the lightest on the list by far, and it feels like you’re running with nothing on your wrist at all. And for a watch this trim, it sure does offer a lot of fitness metrics, famously getting as granular as can be. It falters a bit in terms of smart features, but if you’re looking for pure running greatness at a low price, the Pace 3 is a winner.

Garmin vs. Coros: Best heart monitorIn recent years Garmin’s heart rate monitoring has received high praise for its accuracy across all its lines, and its HRM-Pro Plus takes that accuracy to a whole new level. It also captures a range of running dynamics like vertical oscillation, ground contact time, and stride length to help you improve your form.

Unlike many other heart rate monitors it’s capable of tracking distance and pace on the treadmill. Extremely comfortable with an outstanding battery life, this Garmin is a great addition to a serious runner’s routine.

While most heart rate monitors are worn on the chest, Coros’ monitor is placed on the arm, providing an alternative that is one of the most comfortable you can find. Not only does the strap adjust easily for the perfect fit, but its nylon/spandex material feels great on the skin.

This monitor is highly accurate at tracking a wide range of metrics, though it’s not as feature-rich as some of the pricier HRMs around. One major plus is that it can be used via any Bluetooth device and doesn’t have to be linked to the wider Coros ecosystem, unlike Garmin, which essentially requires that you pair its HRM with a Garmin watch.

Garmin vs. Coros: Best accessoriesGarmin watch bands

Garmin offers bands in a wide range of colors and materials including silicone, nylon, metal, and sometimes even leather. Its bands are as durable as they come and are reliably comfortable (except for the leather options, which some reviewers have said can feel a bit off). With so many options, Garmin makes it easy to customize.

Coros watch bands

Coros is somewhat more limited when it comes to bands. Watch bands are model-specific, and are available in a smattering of colors but not as many as Garmin offers. They’re also more limited in terms of materials, keeping things narrowed to nylon and silicone. While the selection may be somewhat more limited, they are all extremely comfortable.

(11/11/2023) ⚡AMP
by Runner’s World
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Two easy interval sessions for beginner runners

Not sure how to introduce speedwork to your running routine? Here's how to get started.

Experienced runners love to throw around terms and acronyms that can be intimidating to those who are new to the sport. Intervals and speedwork can sound daunting, and new runners often avoid tackling them until they’ve been logging regular miles–sometimes for years! But speedwork can be a game-changer in terms of your race results. While most of your runs should be run at an easy, conversational pace, shorter, faster sessions will help your legs (and your mind) get used to the faster paces required when racing. You’ll also boost your heart and lung efficiency, and switching things up will make your run fly by.

If you’ve been running regularly for six months and are injury-free, it’s safe to start incorporating short interval sessions into your training once a week, progressing to twice a week after a few months, provided you don’t develop any injuries. As you get more comfortable, you can add repeats or lengthen intervals. You can run intervals on the road, trails, track, or treadmill.

1.- Intro to intervals

This workout is perfect if you’re new to intervals, or finding your way back after a break from running. It can be tempting to run very hard in the first few seconds or minutes of your faster intervals, but aim to find a challenging pace that you can sustain through all five repeats. This may take practice, and don’t be discouraged if you don’t nail it on your first few tries. Feel free to run fewer (or more) repeats, or add more recovery time if needed.

Warm up by running very easy for five to 10 minutes (and walk breaks are OK).

Run at a moderate effort for one minute, then run or walk at a very easy pace for two minutes to recover. Repeat the three-minute interval cycle four more times.

Cool down by running easily or walking briskly for five to 10 minutes.

2.- Pick up the pace

Once you become comfortable with adding some speed to your training, level up with these harder intervals. Don’t worry about pace during your run–stay focused on your effort.

Warm up by running or walking at an easy pace for five to 10 minutes.

Run at a hard effort (almost as hard as you can go) for 30 seconds, then recover by running at a very easy pace (or walking) for 30 seconds. Repeat this one-minute interval cycle three more times, and finish by running at a very easy pace for two minutes.

Run at a hard effort for one minute, then run or walk very easy for one minute. Repeat this two-minute interval cycle two more times.

Cool down by running at a very easy pace (or walking) for five to 10 minutes.

Follow speedwork or a more challenging running day with a very easy session or a rest day.

(11/10/2023) ⚡AMP
by Keeley Milne
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Beatrice Chebet ready to star in Seville

The Cross Internacional de Itálica in Santiponce on the outskirts of the Spanish city of Seville – the fourth Gold standard meeting in the current World Athletics Cross Country Tour – always boasts a mouth-watering line-up, and this year’s race on Sunday (12) is no exception.

Entries for the women’s race, contested over 9.9km, are headed by Kenya’s world cross-country and 5km champion Beatrice Chebet. The 23-year-old triumphed in Atapuerca two weeks ago and will be looking for her first victory here after her runner-up place in 2020 and a third place the following year.

The world 5000m bronze medalist will be joined by her compatriot Edinah Jebitok, who was eighth at the World Cross in Bathurst and third in Atapuerca. The 1500m specialist was also a clear winner in San Sebastian last weekend.

World U20 cross-country champion Senayet Getachew and fellow Ethiopian Wede Kefale – who was 15th in the senior women’s race at this year’s World Cross – will also be in contention for a podium place.

Uganda's Anne Chelangat, 13th at the World Cross and third last week in San Sebastián, is another strong contender.

World and Olympic finalist Nadia Battocletti will be racing in Santiponce for the first time. She recently placed fifth in the 5km at the World Road Running Championships in Riga, finishing just 10 seconds shy of Chebet, so will be trying her best to stay in contention with the Kenyan on Sunday.

The line-up also includes Spanish steeplechasers Irene Sánchez-Escribano and Carolina Robles plus European U20 cross-country champion María Forero and Britain's Amelia Quirk, who was 25th in Bathurst.

The men’s 9.9km contest looks set to be a three-way battle between the Kenyan pair of Ronald Kwemoi and Ishmael Kipkurui plus Burundi's Rodrigue Kwizera.

The 28-year-old Kwemoi will compete for the third consecutive time on Spanish ground after his runner-up spot in Atapuerca two weeks ago and a narrow win over Kipkurui last Sunday in San Sebastián. On that occasion, world U20 cross-country champion Kipkurui pushed hard for most of the race but he couldn't avoid being overtaken by world U20 1500m record-holder Kwemoi in a thrilling sprint finish with the two men being separated by one second.

Their Kenyan compatriot Hillary Chepkwoni, fresh from a huge PB of 58:53 at the Valencia Half Marathon three weeks ago, will also be on the start line.

Kwizera, co-winner of the 2022-2023 World Cross Country Tour, finished eighth at the World Cross Country Championships in Bathurst at the start of 2023. More recently he placed third in Atapuerca where he was beaten by Kwemoi over the closing stages but grabbed an easy victory last weekend in his Spanish base of Castellón at a low-key cross country race.

Eritrea’s Aron Kifle, the 2018 world half marathon bronze medalist, will be making his 2023 cross country debut on Sunday. He’ll be joined by compatriot Merhawi Mebrahtu, the world U20 5000m silver medalist, who finished second in Amorebieta and ninth in Atapuerca the following week.

Uganda’s 2022 world 5000m bronze medalist Oscar Chelimo, who recently finished third in San Sebastian, will contend for a top-five finish on Sunday. The 21-year-old will be joined by his compatriot Martin Kiprotich, who finished 18th at the World Cross in Bathurst.

The Spanish contingent will be headed by Mohamed Katir. The world 5000m silver medalist has been training in the altitude of Sierra Nevada since mid-October and will be back there right after the race for another week. He has planned a quiet cross-country campaign with only a few appearances.

Other Spaniards in the line-up include the in-form Abdessamad Oukhelfen, who was fourth in San Sebastian behind Chelimo, 2017 European cross-country silver medalist Adel Mechaal and national silver medalist Sergio Paniagua.

Adrian Ben, who finished fourth over 800m at this year’s World Championships, could also be in contention. The 25-year-old was a 1500m specialist at the beginning of his career and there's talk of a potential move back up in distance ahead of the Paris Olympics. Ben is fresh from a cross country victory over 5km in his native Lugo last Sunday when he defeated steeplechaser Víctor Ruiz.

Other noteworthy middle-distance specialists in the line-up include European U20 1500m and 5000m champion Niels Laros of the Netherlands and Britain's newly-minted world mile silver medalist Callum Elson.

Famous previous winners in Santiponce include Kenenisa Bekele (2003, 2004 and 2007), Fernando Mamede (1984 and 1985), Paul Kipkoech (1987 and 1988), Paul Tergat (1998 and 1999), Moses Kipsiro (2008 and 2009), Leonard Komon (2010 and 2011), Linet Masai (2010 and 2012) and Paula Radcliffe (2001), among others.

Weather forecasters predict a sunny and windless day with temperatures in the 20-22C range by the time of the event.

(11/10/2023) ⚡AMP
by World Athletics
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Cross internacional de Italica

The Cross Internacional de Itálica is an annual cross country running competition it will be held on 21st of November in Santiponce, near Seville, Spain. Inaugurated in 1982, the race course is set in the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Italica. As one of only two Spanish competitions to hold IAAF permit meeting status, it is one of...

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Viola Chepngeno shares why she loves competing on hilly courses ahead of Boston Half Marathon return

Viola Chepengeno has shared her love for hilly courses as she gears up for her return to the Boston Half Marathon to defend her title.

Viola Chepngeno has disclosed her love for hilly courses as she gears up for her title defense at the Boston Half Marathon on Sunday, November 12.

Chepngeno observed that many people do not fancy competing on such tough courses but insisted that she is among the few who love competing in such environments.

She explained that she trains in Keringet, one of the hilliest places in Kenya and that’s where her love for the hilly courses stems from.

She expressed her excitement about returning to Boston, where she clocked 1:10:40 to win the race last season.

“I really like Boston and I am very happy to be coming back to defend my title this year. The course for the B.A.A. Half Marathon is great," she said.

"Some might call it challenging but I love it. Keringet, where I live in Kenya, is known to be one of the hilliest places to train in Kenya so I know I am good over tough courses."

The Kenyan added that she will be looking to make her full marathon debut at the Boston Marathon. Speaking about her Boston Half Marathon preparations, she noted that she is ready and capable of doing wonders.

She also noted that the crowds are a vital part of her success story. She recalled that her fans propelled her to victory last year and is keen to lower her Personal Best time this time round. 

“Perhaps one day I will run the Boston Marathon too! I am mentally and physically prepared for the race, and I know what I am capable of doing. I just have to be ready for a tactical race with lots of quality opponents also competing," she added.

:The crowds were really amazing last year. They cheered me on and made me push even harder to achieve my goals, so I am hoping they can help me improve this year.

"I prefer warm weather - which we definitely didn’t get last year but I managed to do it so I’ll take whatever we get.” 

(11/10/2023) ⚡AMP
by Abigael Wuafula
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Geoffrey Koech reveals what he is banking on ahead of Boston Half Marathon

Defending champion Geoffrey Koech has disclosed what he will be banking on as he gears up for the Boston Half Marathon on Sunday November 12.

The 30-year-old will be banking on his past victory and mastery of the course to propel him to his second successive victory on Sunday. He had a great build-up towards the race and will hope to execute it well.

He has so far competed in three half marathons where he finished third in two races, Publix Atlanta Half Marathon and Prague Half Marathon. He finished fourth at the Principality Cardiff Half Marathon.

“It feels very nice to be coming back to Boston, knowing that I am the reigning champion. I have trained specifically for this year now that I know the course," he said. 

"Even though the course is challenging, I like it and I think my experience from last year gives me an advantage over those who will be doing it for the first time.

"We have hilly courses around my hometown of Kericho, so I have been adding some tough routes into my training, so my legs are used to it,” Koech said as per the race organisers.

Koech also explained that the fans give him a lot of encouragement and make him confident of winning the race.

He will be hoping that this time around, the fans will also play a huge role as he targets to win the race once again.

“The spectators gave me a lot of encouragement last year and made the course feel a lot easier. It’s so inspiring to be cheered all through the course," said Koech.

"The people of Boston are very friendly and welcoming to me. My goal is to win again this year so I hope I can do that and make the fans happy again.

"I like to run in temperatures between 59-64F and preferably no rain! I wonder what we will get on race day! See you soon, Boston."

(11/10/2023) ⚡AMP
by Abigael Wuafula
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Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have partnered with the B.A.A. in the Half Marathon for 13 years as the race’s presenting sponsor. Through this relationship, team members have collectively raised more than $5 million to support groundbreaking cancer research, and enabled Dana-Farber scientists and clinicians to positively impact the lives of cancer patients around the world. Dana-Farber runners often participate...

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Holding your breath on runs could help keep you from getting sick, study finds

Holding your breath for five seconds after coming face-to-face with someone on a run could help cut your risk of catching COVID-19, the flu and other airborne illnesses, according to a new study out of Japan.

The finding comes from researchers at the University of Tsukuba, who investigated the link between aerosol dynamics and viral exposure risk during movement and face-to-face interactions.

For the study, researchers used a full-scale mobile mannequin that was propelled at different speeds to simulate walking (5 km/h), jogging (10 km/h), running (15 km/h) and sprinting (20 km/h), and used specialized equipment to visualize the “flow field” of aerosol particles from exhaled air. The researchers compared the differences between aerodynamic characteristics with and without ventilation and their effects on the risk of exposure to viruses.

They found that, regardless of pace and whether the face-to-face encounter happens in a non-ventilated or fully ventilated area (such as outdoors), the risk of viral airborne transmission remains highest within five seconds of a face-to-face encounter, and then falls off sharply.

Although this five-second window of peak transmissibility after face-to-face contact holds true whether walking or sprinting, pace may play a factor in the risk of transmissibility. Researchers found that as speed increases, especially in a non-ventilated area, the number of aerosol particles a runner is exposed to after an interaction decreases.

Of note to runners worried about contracting an illness during exercise are the three “risk-hedging behaviours” the researchers say “may greatly reduce the risk of viral exposure” during face-to-face encounters during runs.

Among their recommendations is “interrupting … inhalation” during the five seconds of peak transmissibility risk that follows a face-to-face encounter, either by holding your breath or exhaling for five seconds after passing someone on your run.

The researchers also recommend maintaining a distance of at least one metre from anyone coming at you from the opposite direction, and positioning yourself upwind from the other person, when possible.

“These actions are particularly effective during the critical (five-second) interaction period,” the researchers write. “Based on our findings, this study has implications for reducing aerosol-mediated transmission 

(11/09/2023) ⚡AMP
by Paul Baswick
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Edwin Kiptoo is targeting Athens Marathon course record

Kenya’s Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo will make his debut in Greece at the 40th edition of the Athens Classic Marathon slated for this Sunday (12) in Athens, Greece.

The 30 year-old comes to this race with a life time best of 2:06.52 that he got last year at the Haspa Marathon where he finished in seventh place. This year in March he participated at the Seoul Marathon, finishing in seventh place in a time of 2:08.56.

Kiptoo will not have an easy ride as he will have to get past his compatriot Rhonzas Lokitam Kilimo who comes to this race with the second fastest time on paper of 2:08.08 that he got this year in April at the Haspa Marathon where he crossed the finish line in fifth place.

The two Kenyans will face-off with the defending champion and the Greece National Record Holder, Charalambos Pitsolis who won last year’s edition in time of 2:23.44. The 30 year-old who comes to this race with a personal best of 2:21.23 that he got early this year in Germany.  Pitsolis will have an acid test from the Kenyans as the race organizers invited International elite athletes after three years of absence due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The organizers have assembled a strong deep elite field to try and chase the race course record of 2:10.37 that was set nine years ago by Felix Kipchirchir Kandie from Kenya.

(11/09/2023) ⚡AMP
by John Vaselyne
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Athens Marathon

The Athens Classic (authentic) Marathon is an annual marathon road race held in Athens, Greece, normally in early November. The race attracted 43.000 competitors in 2015 of which 16.000 were for the 42.195 km course, both numbers being an all-time record for the event. The rest of the runners competed in the concurrent 5 and 10 kilometers road races and...

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Sifan Hassan, Kelvin Kiptum, Catherine Debrunner and Marcel Hug have been crowned Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XV champions

Sifan Hassan, Kelvin Kiptum, Catherine Debrunner and Marcel Hug have been crowned Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XV champions.

The series concluded at the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon.

Kiptum and Hug already had their victories assured, with Kiptum winning the TCS London Marathon and then the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in a world record 2:00:35 to seal the men’s open division title.

Wheelchair racer Hug had swept all five Majors before New York and promptly made it six from six with a dominant display in the final event. Hug was presented with a special gold Six Star medal to mark the accomplishment.

Hassan, with wins in London and Chicago, could only be caught by Kenyan Hellen Obiri, who needed to win in New York to add to her Boston victory and tie Hassan at the top of the leaderboard.

Obiri duly obliged, out-kicking Letesenbet Gidey in Central Park to claim the race victory.

That meant the six race directors of the Abbott World Marathon Majors had to each vote for their choice to be the 2023 women’s series champion. The vote went the way of Hassan, who set the second fastest time in history of 2:13:44 when she won in Chicago.

For Debrunner, it was all in her own hands. She went into the final race three points behind her Swiss compatriot Manuela Schär, with defending series champion, the USA’s Susannah Scaroni, two points further back and Madison de Rozario of Australia also within striking distance of the title if she could win in New York.

Debrunner left all her rivals behind from the gun, descending the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge with a commanding lead that she never relinquished.

She went on to break Scaroni’s course record, finishing in 1:39:32 to take the win, the record bonus and the series.

It caps a stunning fall season for Debrunner, who shot into contention by winning the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON in a world record time before adding the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to her list of successes two weeks later.

Abbott World Marathon Majors CEO Dawna Stone said: “We are thrilled to see the series end in such spectacular fashion in New York City, and to have four such incredible series champions to celebrate.

“Series XV has been one for the history books, with three new world records set across the divisions and a host of course and regional records falling as well.

“Our six races continue to raise the bar of elite performance in the marathon, and we congratulate Sifan, Catherine, Kelvin and Marcel on their fantastic achievements in this series.”

Series XVI will begin at the Tokyo Marathon on March 3, 2024.

(11/09/2023) ⚡AMP
by AbbottWMM
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Hellen Obiri eager to add missing accolade in her cabinet at 2024 Olympic Games

Hellen Obiri has expressed her interest in competing for Team Kenya at the Olympic Games where she will be keen to add the only missing accolade in her cabinet.

Newly crowned New York City Marathon champion Hellen Obiri will be looking to add an Olympic gold medal to her decorated cabinet ahead of the games next year.

At the Olympics stage, Obiri has only managed to win silver in the past and insists gold is the only achievement she is yet to accomplish but she will be hoping to seal the deal next year.

The two-time Olympic 5000m silver medalist noted that if she makes it to Team Kenya, she will burn the midnight oil to ensure all the glory comes back to the country.

“If I get a chance (to be in the Kenyan team), I will work hard to go and get the gold medal because it’s the only one I’m missing,” Obiri said.

The reigning Boston Marathon champion also explained that she is uncertain about making Team Kenya for the Olympics but her fingers remain crossed.

“Hopefully (I’ll be in the Kenyan team) but I’m only going to talk about it if I’m actually chosen to compete.

"If I can get time and if I get selected, I will be willing to compete. You know in Kenya, selecting a team is tough owing to the fact that so many ladies have run fast.

"They said they will name the team before the end of the year and I do hope I will make the cut to the team,” Obiri said.

Meanwhile, the two-time World 5000m champion made her marathon debut at the 2022 New York City Marathon where she finished sixth.

She then went for the 2023 Boston Marathon earlier this year where she dominated before stamping her authority in the 2023 New York City Marathon.

(11/09/2023) ⚡AMP
by Abigael Wuafula
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Paris 2024 Olympic Games

For this historic event, the City of Light is thinking big! Visitors will be able to watch events at top sporting venues in Paris and the Paris region, as well as at emblematic monuments in the capital visited by several millions of tourists each year. The promise of exceptional moments to experience in an exceptional setting! A great way to...

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Running may boost inflammation-fighting cells that enhance performance, study finds

A new study reported in The Harvard Gazette has shed more light on how exercise helps the body boost its ability to fight inflammation, which in turn improves performance.

The study, done in mice, suggests the possible role of the exercise in both reducing inflammation and improving performance. Exercise triggers natural inflammation, and our bodies counter the inflammation using something called T-cells or Tregs, which also seem to enhance our ability to use energy as fuel and improve our physical endurance.

The study

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection, but prolonged or chronic inflammation can contribute to the development of heart disease, cancer and autoimmune conditions. Exercise causes temporary damage to the muscles and unleashes an inflammatory response–and this not only helps our bodies become stronger at fighting inflammation in general, but also may help us become faster and stronger athletes.

A team at Harvard Medical School analyzed what happens in cells that were taken from the hind leg muscles of mice that ran on treadmills. The team then compared them with muscle cells obtained from sedentary mice.

The muscle cells of the mice that ran on treadmills showed signs of inflammation and elevated levels of the inflammation-fighting T-cells or Tregs. Researchers discovered that not only did the Tregs lower exercise-induced inflammation, but they also were responsible for the broader benefits seen in regular exercises.

The animals who didn’t exercise still experienced muscle inflammation, but it was not combated by Tregs. Their muscle cells also had swollen mitochondria (a sign of metabolic abnormality). The animals lacking Tregs did not experience the same whole-body benefits from exercise, and had diminished aerobic capacity.

The takeaway

Exercise not only helps our bodies become better able to fight off inflammation, but the inflammation-response cycle that exercise generates may also help build muscular endurance.

“Our research suggests that with exercise, we have a natural way to boost the body’s immune responses to reduce inflammation,” said Diane Mathis, professor of immunology in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard. “The immune system, and the Tregs cell arm in particular, has a broad impact on tissue health that goes beyond protection against pathogens and controlling cancer. Our study demonstrates that the immune system exerts powerful effects inside the muscle during exercise.”

While research on humans is needed, this research is an important step in understanding how, exactly, exercise makes us healthier. “Mice are not people,” researchers explained, “and the findings remain to be replicated in further studies. However, the study is an important step toward detailing the cellular and molecular changes that occur during exercise and confer health benefits.”

(11/08/2023) ⚡AMP
by Keeley Milne
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Men's Record-Holder To Defend Title At Manchester Road Race

Defending Manchester Road Race men's division champion and course record-holding Conner Mantz will return for the 2023 race. 

Mantz, who won two NCAA Division 1 cross country titles when he ran for Brigham Young University, rocketed around the 4.748-mile course in 2022 with the time of 21:04.  He knocked 12 seconds off the prior mark of 21:16 that Edward Cheserek set in 2018.

Also expected to be at the starting line will be last year’s runner-up, Morgan Beadlescomb.

Beadlescomb, a former Michigan State All-American, shadowed Mantz across the finish stripe last November with a time of 21:05.

Beadlescomb’s time is the second fastest-ever run on the Manchester course. Last year’s elite field was so strong that the first five runners to finish all eclipsed Cheserek’s former record, according to race officials.

“We are extremely pleased that last year’s top two finishers, Conner Mantz and Morgan Beadlescomb, are returning this year,” said Dr. Tris Carta, president of the Manchester Road Race Committee. “It is going to be another very exciting race."

Mantz placed sixth last month at the Chicago Marathon with the personal record and Olympic standard qualifying time of 2:07:47. Beadlescomb, 25, ran a personal best time of 13:08.82 for 5000 meters at a meet in Los Angeles in May and won the USATF national 5-K championship at the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5-K in 13:44 on Nov. 4th.

 The 87th Manchester Road Race, which was recognized as a 2023 World Athletics Label Event, will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. It starts and finishes on Main Street in Manchester, in front of St. James Church. The road race is organized by 500 volunteers from the Manchester Road Race Committee, with support from the Town of Manchester. 

 

(11/08/2023) ⚡AMP
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Manchester Road Race

The Manchester Road race is one of New England’s oldest and most popular road races. The 86th Manchester Road Race will be held on Thanksgiving Day. It starts and finishes on Main Street, in front of St. James Church. The Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance recently honored the Manchester Road Race. The CSWA, which is comprised of sports journalists and broadcasters...

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Two stair workouts to build unstoppable strength

Stair workouts are deceptively simple, and the first few moments of a stair session can seem positively easy. Wait a few minutes, though, and the leg (and arm, and core) burn will kick in. Tossing a stair session into your regular training mix offers a change of pace and terrain, and will build strength while improving cardiovascular fitness.

You can easily adapt any of these stair workouts to your fitness level by adding time to your warmup and cooldown or by increasing or decreasing repeats. Want your stair workout to mimic a more standard hill session? Warm up for 10 minutes, spend 30-45 minutes moving quickly up your chosen set of stairs using the walk down for recovery, with 10 minutes of cool-down running to wrap it up. To spice things up a little more, try one of these workouts.

Stair intervals

Warm up with a 15-20 minute easy jog, or walk up and down the stairs for five to 10 minutes.

Run 10-12 x 30 seconds up the stairs, run easily back down to the bottom and take 20 seconds’ rest between intervals.

Cool down with a 10-15 minute easy run, or walk up and down the stairs for five to 10 minutes.

1.- Leg crusher workout

Warm up with a 15-20 minute easy run, or walk up and down the stairs for five to 10 minutes.

Run up and down the stairs for two minutes, followed by 60 seconds of rest.

2.- Leg crusher workout

Warm up with a 15-20 minute easy run, or walk up and down the stairs for five to 10 minutes.

Run up and down the stairs for two minutes, followed by 60 seconds of rest.

(11/08/2023) ⚡AMP
by Keeley Milne
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Mohamed Aagab of Campbellton, N.B., has received a three-year suspension

The reigning Vancouver and Montreal Half Marathon champion, Mohamed Aagab of Campbellton, N.B., has received a three-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation by the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport (CCES).

Aagab provided a urine sample after winning the 2023 BMO Vancouver Half Marathon on May 7, which revealed the presence of recombinant erythropoietin (rEPO), a prohibited peptide hormone used to improve performance by increasing the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen.

Aagab was born in Morocco but has lived in Campbellton, N.B., since 2018. He won the Quebec City Marathon in 2018 and the 2023 21K de Montréal, as well as the 2023 BMO Vancouver Half Marathon.

According to CCES, on Oct. 3, Aagab signed an Early Admission and Acceptance Agreement, admitting to the violation and accepting the period of ineligibility and all other consequences. As a result, the otherwise applicable four-year period of ineligibility was reduced by one year, in accordance with the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP). Aagab’s three-year suspension, effective Sept. 12, 2023, terminates on Sept. 11, 2026.

Aagab competed twice after his positive test on May 7, finishing 15th overall at the 2023 Ottawa Marathon in 2:18:34, finishing one spot behind top Canadian Lee Wesselius, who was 14th. He also ran in a 5,000m at the Hub City Classic in Moncton, N.B. on June 10, where he finished third, in 15:27. Both results will be disqualified, along with his Vancouver Half Marathon win.

In a statement to Canadian Running, Aagab’s agent, Yanatan Wegayehu, voiced disappointment with Aagab’s choices. “I was not aware that Mohamed ran the Vancouver half until I saw the results. His poor choices have negatively affected not only his career but also those around him,” said Wegayehu.

During the sanction period, Aagab is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates.

This is the first distance running anti-doping case in Canada since David Freake of St. John’s, N.L. was given a four-year doping ban when he tested positive for EPO and several other banned substances after the 2019 Ottawa Marathon.

(11/08/2023) ⚡AMP
by Marley Dickinson
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BMO Vancouver Marathon

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is one of Vancouver’s most iconic marathon events. The event features a full marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 8k run, and streets lined with thousands of spectators. Runners can expect to experience a little bit of everything that Vancouver has to offer as they run a straight course that starts at Queen Elizabeth Park, and finishes...

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Isai Rodriguez, Sam Chelanga capture gold and silver for U.S. in men´s 10,000 meters at Pan American Games

Isai Rodriguez and Sam Chelanga made history Friday at the Pan American Games, becoming the first American teammates to take the top two spots in the men’s 10,000-meter final at Julio Martinez Pradanos National Stadium in Santiago, Chile.

Rodriguez, an All-American at Oklahoma State, and Chelanga – the collegiate 10,000 record holder from 2010 at Liberty – became the first pair of teammates from any country since 1979 and only the third tandem in meet history to secure gold and silver in the event.

Rodriguez prevailed in 28 minutes, 17.84 seconds, the fastest Pan Am Games winning performance since 2007, and Chelanga clocked 29:01.21, with Guatemala’s Alberto Gonzalez earning bronze in 29:12.24.

Rodriguez and Chelanga joined Mexico’s Rodolfo Gomez and Enrique Aquino in 1979, along with Luis Hernandez and Gomez in 1975 as the only teammates to sweep the top two spots in the men’s 10,000.

Rodriguez secured the first 10,000 gold for the U.S. since Bruce Bickford triumphed in 1987 in Indiana.

It marked the second straight Pan Am Games that the Americans had two athletes on the 10,000 podium, with Reid Buchanan and Lawi Lalang achieving silver and bronze in 2019 in Peru. The U.S. also had a pair of 10,000 medalists in 1967 in Winnipeg.

The Americans added bronze medals in the women’s 1,500-meter final and javelin throw competition, in addition to the men’s shot put, taking the lead with 19 overall medals entering the last day of the track and field schedule.

Brazil leads with seven gold medals and is second behind the Americans with 18 overall medals.

Darlan Romani triumphed for Brazil in the men’s shot put with a fifth-round effort of 70-1 (21.36m).

Mexico’s Uziel Aaron Munoz secured silver at 69-4.75 (21.15m), with former Arizona standout and NCAA Division 1 champion Jordan Geist edging fellow American athlete Roger Steen for bronze by a 67-4.25 (20.53m) to 67-3.50 (20.51m) margin.

Colombia’s Flor Denis Ruiz won the women’s javelin gold medal with a throw of 207 feet (63.10m) on her opening attempt.

Nebraska teammates Rhema Otabor, representing the Bahamas, and American competitor Maddie Harris captured silver and bronze, respectively. Otabor had a mark of 198-7 (60.54m) and Harris produced a throw of 197 feet (60.06m).

Venezuela’s Joselyn Brea completed a sweep of the women’s 1,500 and 5,000 titles, clocking 4:11.80 to edge Cuba’s Daily Cooper (4:11.86) and American athlete Emily Mackay (4:12.02).

Gianna Woodruff believed she had become the first female athlete from Panama to capture a Pan Am Games gold medal in any event, clocking 56.44 in the women’s 400-meter hurdles.

But Woodruff was later disqualified as a result of Rule 22.6.2, which states that an athlete is penalized after “knocking down or displacing any hurdle by hand, body or the upper side of the lead leg.”

Brazil’s Marlene Santos, who ran 57.18, was elevated to the event winner, with Daniela Rojas from Costa Rica earning silver in 57.41 and Montverde Academy of Florida senior Michelle Smith, representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, taking bronze in 57.53.

Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde emerged victorious in the men’s 400-meter hurdles in 49.19.

Brazil’s Matheus Lima earned silver in 49.69 and Cuba’s Yoao Illas was the bronze medalist in 49.74.

Cuba’s Luis Enrique Zayas cleared 7-5.25 (2.27m) on his third attempt to prevail in the men’s high jump final.

Puerto Rico’s Luis Joel Castro achieved a 7-4.25 (2.24m) clearance on his first opportunity to capture silver, with Donald Thomas of the Bahamas grabbing bronze after achieving the height on his third try.

Cuba added two more medals in the men’s triple jump final, with Lazaro Martinez winning on his first attempt with a 56-4.75 (17.19m) performance.

Brazil’s Almir Dos Santos secured silver at 55-6.25 (16.92m) and Cuba’s Cristian Napoles took the bronze medal at 54-8 (16.66m), holding off American athlete Chris Benard and his fourth-place mark of 54-1 (16.48m).

(11/07/2023) ⚡AMP
by Erik Boal
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Pan American Games

The Pan American Games (also known colloquially as the Pan Am Games) is a continental multi-sport event in the Americas featuring summer sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The competition is held among athletes from nations of the Americas, every four years in the year before the Summer Olympic Games. It is the second...

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Caster Semenya: Double Olympic champion not ashamed of being different

Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya says she is "not going to be ashamed" of being "different", and will "fight for what is right" amid her ongoing dispute with athletics authorities.

Semenya, 32, was born with differences in sexual development (DSD) and cannot compete in female track events without taking testosterone-reducing drugs.

The South African wants to hold World Athletics to account for what she says is discrimination against athletes with hyperandrogenism and recently said she is turning her attention to "winning battles against the authorities" rather than collecting medals, with competing at the Paris 2024 Olympics no longer a goal.

In a wide-ranging interview with BBC Breakfast's Sally Nugent, Semenya says:

She felt she was "different" from the age of five but "embraces" her differences

She will not conform "to be accepted"

She wants to empower women to "have a voice"

"Leaders" in sport are "turning women against women"

'I will embrace my differences'

Hyperandrogenism is a medical condition characterised by higher-than-usual levels of testosterone, a hormone that increases muscle mass and strength.

Under regulations introduced in 2018, athletes with DSD were only allowed to compete in female track events between 400m and the mile if they reduced their testosterone levels.

In March, World Athletics ruled that DSD athletes must now have hormone-suppressing treatment for six months before being eligible to compete in all-female events.

"For me, I believe if you are a woman, you are a woman," said Semenya, who won Olympic 800m gold in 2012 and 2016 and is a three-time world champion over the same distance.

"No matter the differences you have. I have realised I want to live my life and fight for what I think and I believe in myself.

"I know I am a woman and anything that comes along with it just accept it."

Semenya ran in the 5,000m at last year's World Championships in Oregon but failed to qualify for the final.

In July, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in her favour in a case related to testosterone levels in female athletes.

"At the end of the day, I know I am different. I don't care about the medical terms or what they tell me. Being born without a uterus or internal testicles. Those don't make me less of a woman," added Semenya.

"Those are the differences I was born with and I will embrace them. I am not going to be ashamed because I am different. I am different and special and I feel great about it.

"It comes with why we fight for women's sport. The importance of women's sport is not being taken seriously and we need to take charge of our own bodies. Decide what is right for us. Not another gender deciding what we should look like.

"If we are woman enough or not, it is up to us. We know and believe in what is right, then why must we stop."

The case at the ECHR was not against sporting bodies or DSD rules - but specifically against the government of Switzerland for not protecting Semenya's rights and dates back to a Swiss Supreme Court ruling three years ago.

The ECHR found the Swiss government did not protect Semenya from being discriminated against when its Supreme Court refused to overturn a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas), which upheld the World Athletics rules.

The case has now been referred to the Grand Chamber of the ECHR for a final ruling following a referral request from the Swiss government.

'I am not going to be somebody I am not'

Semenya has argued that taking testosterone-reducing medication could endanger her health and that the ruling denied her and other athletes with DSD the right to rely on their natural abilities.

She told BBC Breakfast that she knew she was "different" from the age of five but, in her autobiography, The Race To Be Myself revealed she found out she "did not have a uterus or fallopian tubes" at the same time as "the rest of the world" after a gender test in 2009.

She says she has "nothing to hide", adding: "I am a woman and have a vagina just like any other woman.

"I am living a different life and I will continue living that, as that is what makes me feel good. I am not going to be somebody I am not, as I have to fit in to be accepted."

Last week, Semenya said she had achieved all she ever wanted on the track, and now wants to "pave the way and make sure each and every young girl is treated well".

"My future is to fight injustice, fight for inclusivity and diversity," she said.

"For me, I'm not going to allow leaders who come for the selfish means into our business to destroy it. I'm about empowering women and making sure they have a voice.

"At the moment, I don't see a lot of women voicing out if they have problems or something to say. Each and every woman out there should fight for their own. I'll always fight for what is right, I know what is right, and I know how things are supposed to be done. Let's wake up as women and fight for what is right."

She added: "[Sporting leaders] are turning women against women. If you say you're acting in the best interests of athletes, then do that. It's not up to you to decide what gender should look like, what sex should look like. Govern, make money, promote sport. Very clear message and very loud - do the job, promote the sport and let us sports people entertain."

Last week, World Athletics said in a statement to Reuters: "World Athletics has only ever been interested in protecting the female category. If we don't, then women and young girls will not choose sport. That is, and has always been, the federation's sole motivation."

A spokesperson told the BBC: "World Athletics has 15 years of data, observations, and information directly from DSD athletes in our own sport that show high testosterone levels do provide an unfair advantage in the female category - and that our guidelines on testosterone thresholds are necessary, reasonable, and proportionate in our aim to protect the integrity of the female category."

(11/07/2023) ⚡AMP
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Panuel Mkungo and Beatrice Cheptoo shine as Kenyans dominate at Istanbul Marathon

Panuel Mkungo and Beatrice Cheptoo are the winners of the 2023 edition of the Istanbul Marathon.

Little-known Panuel Mkungo and Beatrice Cheptoo put up a good fight to clinch top honors at the 2023 Istanbul Marathon.

Mkungo clocked 2:10:35 to win the race ahead of Bernard Cheruiyot and James Kiplagat who finished second and third in respective times of 2:12:41 and 2:12:44.

As the race started, Mkungo was not in contention for the title in the first 20km as he settled in the middle of the leading pack. The leading pack passed the 5km mark in 15:05 with Mkungo and his compatriots looking comfortable.

The athletes then passed the 10km mark in 30:06 in course course-record pace. They then passed the half km mark in 1:04:43, still looking very comfortable to go for the course record.

Mkungo then started opening a gap between him and the Kenyan duo of Cheruiyot and Kiplagat and he was looking very comfortable at the 30km mark but kept looking back. His closest challenger was who was trying hard to close the gap.

Mkungo kept in the fuel, passing the 35km mark in 1:04:43 still looking over his shoulder to watch his opponents. At the home straight, nothing could stop the Kenyan as he sprinted to the finish line and led a clean Kenyan sweep.

The women’s race was also dominated by Kenyans as Beatrice Cheptoo took top honors in the race, clocking 2:27:09 to cross the finish line after a hard-fought win.

The Kenyan duo of Veronica Maina and Valentina Mateiko finished second and third in respective times of 2:27:24 and 2:32:15.

(11/07/2023) ⚡AMP
by Abigael Wuafula
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N Kolay Istanbul Marathon

At the beginning, the main intention was simply to organise a marathon event. Being a unique city in terms of history and geography, Istanbul deserved a unique marathon. Despite the financial and logistical problems, an initial project was set up for the Eurasia Marathon. In 1978, the officials were informed that a group of German tourists would visit Istanbul the...

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The science behind the warmup,new research explains how light movement before your workout preps your muscles for running

Most runners do at least a short, easy jog before any race, interval workout or other higher-intensity session. It’s widely accepted as being a beneficial, indeed a necessary, prelude to a hard session, but what exactly is happening in your body during your warmup, and how does it benefit your performance? New research has uncovered the answer.

The study, published in the Journal of General Physiology, was led by Osaka University, The Jikei University School of Medicine and National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology. The specifics of how it enhances muscle performance had not previously been clearly understood; this study aimed to uncover the effects of heating on muscle contraction and explore whether different muscles have varying temperature sensitivities.

The study

The research team discovered that muscle cells contain certain proteins that act as temperature sensors. They found that skeletal muscles, which are responsible for movement, were more sensitive to heating than the muscles of the heart, for example. This greater sensitivity allows skeletal muscles to contract quickly and efficiently when warmed up, even from slight increases in temperature resulting from light movement, such as a warmup jog. 

On the other hand, the muscles of the heart have a lower temperature sensitivity, which helps them maintain a continuous beat, regardless of temperature. This makes sense, because while your muscles have the opportunity to rest when you’re not using them, your heart needs to beat continuously no matter how hot or cold you are. In other words, a slight increase in temperature benefits your skeletal muscles, but has relatively little effect on your heart.

What does this mean for runners?

The findings suggest that warming up skeletal muscles can enhance their efficiency by saving energy and allowing for better rest when not in use. 

Of course, is that there’s a fine line between warming up well and over-taxing your muscles before your workout or race. How much or how little you warm up will depend on several factors, including the length of your run or race. (In general, the shorter the race or workout, the faster you must run, and therefore the longer you should spend warming up.) Another factor is the temperature outside–you likely don’t need to warm up for as long when it’s 30 C outside as when it’s 5 C.

The warmup does not have to complicated. In most cases, a light, 10-minute jog and some simple warmup drills are all you need to be ready to run at your best.

(11/07/2023) ⚡AMP
by Brittany Hambleton
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