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Information and tools for runners

Information and useful training tools for runners, both those who are new to running and those who have been running for many years.

Some of the information is shown directly on web pages, some on our extensive news pages, and some of the longer articles are presented as Adobe PDF files. If you need Adobe Reader for the pdfs, it can be downloaded for free from Adobe.com

We also have book list -- the best running books -- books we think are most useful and most entertaining.

Running to be fit or getting fit to run?

Whichever, if you run then you should look after your body, it will help you be a stronger, faster, more injury-free runner. Check out our Body conditioning for runners exercises in the training sessions section.

Running Quotes

Here's a selection of the very best running quotes, to help get you (and keep you) running.

Running Barefoot

You can follow our own experiment day-by-day into the world of barefoot running
The book 'Born to Run', by Christopher McDougall, is quite possibly the most revolutionary running book to be published in recent years. It has prompted us to explore how an ordinary runner adapts to running barefoot. Read all about it and also the experiences of other barefoot runners in our barefoot running blog.

Running Fast and Injury Free — Gordon Pirie

We have a recommended book list, but this is listed here because you can download it for free below.
It's a fascinating read. Gordon Pirie was running competitively and breaking world records in the 1950s. In many ways his ideas on running were way ahead of his time. His book, Running Fast and Injury Free, has been painstakingly edited by Dr John S Gilbody. The chapter on injuries, technique and shoes is highly recommended (and rather controversial too).

Sports Massage

If you live or visit Sussex in the UK then we can offer you a professional, effective sports massage.
It will help you to keep running injury-free and also help you to get back running if you have an injury.
Sports Massage Sussex — Magic Hands Therapy

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Articles from Running Press

Increase your muscle strength with visualisation

Is it really possible to build muscle and get stronger without doing any physical exercise, but instead just by thinking about doing the exercise? The science says yes. Perhaps it’s easier to ... read more

10k Session based on the science of Peter Snell

Peter Snell had a rather brief athletic career. A surprise 800m Gold in the 1960 Rome Olympics, world records for 800m, 880yds and 1 mile in 1962. Olympic Golds for 800m and 1500m in 1964. In 1965 ... read more

Don’t catch a cold losing sleep

The runners’ nightmare scenario: 15 weeks into a 16-week marathon schedule, tingling nose, sneezing, itching, sore throat, running nose. All tell-tale signs that the dreaded cold is on its wa ... read more

How to improve 5k time without running more

The rule of specificity states that we must train the discipline that we want to improve. i.e. if you want to be a faster runner, then run, don’t cycle. Of course, it’s not quite that s ... read more

Hypnosis for Weight Loss

In the list of reasons why people run, weight loss comes near the top. Running is obviously a very effective way to reduce and control weight. Indeed, many runners who started when overweight have ... read more