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Training Articles - Endurance

  • Staying the Course
    Marathon legend, Bill Adcocks was at a recent England Athletics workshop, and Dr Matt Long was there to report on the findings.
  • The Art of Running Downhill
    For many endurance athletes it is that time of year again when the spanner comes out to remove the tracks spikes to replace them with the longer studs in preparation for the new cross-country season. The country's allure conjures up irrepressible images of Vaseline on legs and the challenge of trekking up muddied hills. This being said it is downhill running over the country which needs to be taken just as seriously as uphill drags according to national cross-country team manager Eamonn Martin.
  • Developing Aerobic Capacity
    This article, by Dr Matt Long & Jamie French, provides a brief overview of the physiological underpinnings which signify 'aerobic power' and signposts the kinds of activities that can be done to improve aerobic capability within athletes. Aerobic power is synonymous with the notion of 'V02 max'.

  • Frank Horwill's 5-Tier System

    Dr Matt Long argues that much can be learned by looking back at some older established ideas and evaluating them in the context of coaching today for British middle distance and endurance running to move forward.

  • Multi-Tier System
    Dr Matt Long assesses the legacy and the future challenges of Horwill's five-tier training system.
  • How to develop a good solid base on which to build speed

    An explanation of the body's energy systems and the objective of endurance training.
  • How to develop endurance when training
    Your workout should include aerobic and anaerobic training, as each allows you to build endurance in different ways. The goal is to increase your VO2 max and lactate threshold, giving you the ability to perform at a high level for a lengthy period.
  • Continuous and interval training
    A look at the difference between continuous and interval training and some examples of each.
  • Any change of pace is good for your running
    How to turn training drudgery into fresh and lively runs.
  • Training tips for beginners in running
    Beginners tend to have all kinds of doubts, but some of the most frequent ones are related to training. Is it just running? Is there a right way to breathe? Do I need to go to the gym?
  • Marathon Preparation
    Running a full marathon or even a half marathon is a huge challenge for your body, so you need to prepare accordingly. You can find a lot of information online, but there are also tips that no one will tell you.
  • Trail Running 101
    Have you caught the trail running bug? You are not alone. Trail running continues to grow in popularity across the globe, especially among ultra runners. If you are thinking about giving trail running a go, do not miss this quick guide.
  • All Wound Up?

    Do you often find yourself tense after a hard workout? Exercise is known to relieve stress, and overtraining can cause insomnia, anxiety, and more mental strain than you had before. There are ways to help yourself out.

  • Mistakes marathon runners need to avoid

    Joe Fleming explains the ten common mistakes marathon runners need to avoid.

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