Athlete's Corner - Articles, News & Reviews for Runners & Athletes

Female Runners with Larger Feet

Female Runners with Larger Feet

For many years I succumbed to black and lost toe nails. Stupidly! I would continuously buy ladies UK size 9 trainers and a) think the neat fit was perfect and b) I couldn’t get a size bigger anyway. Until it dawned on me that I should rather be buying mens trainers. Yes the mens trainers tend to be slightly boring blues and black but sizing usually goes up to UK...

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Strength & Conditioning for Runners & Athletes

Strength & Conditioning for Runners & Athletes

Spending time in the gym is a very valuable part of training. Whether it is simple muscle activations or power workouts, they both have important roles to play. Big strength gains can occur in the gym which will reflect in more powerful strokes in the pool or more power on the bike or being able to hold good run form for longer. Also correct form and activating stabilising muscles can...

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Sleep, Rest, Recovery and Massage for Athletes and Runners

Sleep, Rest, Recovery and Massage for Athletes and Runners

Sleep for Athletes and Runners Sleep is super important! Especially for athletes. It is when all the recovery takes place. Sleep enhances muscles recovery through protein synthesis and human growth hormone release. REM sleep provides energy to the brain whereas non-REM sleep is essential for restoring the body. During non-REM sleep your brain is resting which means the blood supply available to your muscles increases, so therefore more oxygen and nutrients...

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My experience with excercise after COVID

My experience with excercise after COVID

Having managed to avoid catching the dreaded Covid-19 virus for over a year it finally found me at the beginning of August 2021. Annoyingly I had been booked in for my vaccine the following week. (I’m now waiting for a couple of months before I get my vaccine.) My initial symptom, without realising, was a very slightly elevated heart rate during an easy run. I’m very aware of what my...

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