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Journal - September 11

Iconic Running Distances
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Iconic Running Distances

An Englishman's view of the road

As Australians we’re biased towards running distances based around the metric system, 100m, 5km etc. In this adapted guest post from Iffley Road, Englishman Bill Byrne makes a strong case for other great running distances

Certain running distances just resonate. With all due respect to the march of metrification these tend to be in older units with a deeper sense of history. Lets take time to consider a triptych of iconic runs: the mile, the marathon and the ten miler.

The mile is a classic and cruel blend of sprint and distance; fast-twitch and slow-twitch which creates a delicate and compelling balance between aerobic and anaerobic performance. Then there’s the tantalising quest for the four minute mile; a riveting story throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It many ways it begins in 1896 with the great Victorian rivals Walter George and William Cummins clashing in the “race of the century”.

While George won in a blistering 4:12...

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Journal - July 10

Injury Prevention for Runners
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Injury Prevention for Runners

The Five Golden Rules

Running remains one of the most universal forms of exercise. It’s a great way to get out, feel challenged regardless of experience, combined with convenience of only requiring the most practical gear of shoes and clothes (and arguably a killer playlist to motivate you through the tedious stretches).

But what do you do when the most important piece of gear, your body, starts groaning, malfunctioning and giving up? Few things are more frustrating than the motivated runner struck down by injury, rendered unable to hit the track, road or treadmill. The best intervention is prevention.

Here are some tips from our friends over at Iffley Road for avoiding injury, or easing back into running:

Build up your distance gradually.

It’s a truism that you’ve got to learn to walk before you can run. Well you’ve also got learn how how to run a little before you run a lot. Add no more than 10% to your distance every week.

Listen to your body to take rest days.

Your ...

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