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Yoga can be painful and can lead to injury, study says

Jul 2nd, 2017 by

The downward dog can be good for you but yoga class may be a bit more dangerous than you think

Yoga can help relieve those aches and pains but it can also lead to an injury, researchers warn.

A University of Sydney study has found yoga caused musculoskeletal pain – mostly in the arms – in more than 10% of participants. Yoga also exacerbated 21% of existing injuries.

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How was your weekend running?

Jul 2nd, 2017 by

Share your weekend exploits below the line, whether you have triumphant PBs or injury woes to report

What is it with round numbers anyway? Why do we obsess over these completely arbitrary goals or targets? As regular readers of this column will know, missing said target by a few seconds is, anyway, very much the way we roll in my house. This weekend it was the turn of my 8 year old, who smashed her junior parkrun PB but just missed out on her first ever sub-10 minutes for the 2k course (10min 04sec!). Still enormously pleased, of course, and rewarded with crazy golf – the cool down of champions. Now to knock off another five seconds …

My own weekend consisted of my club track session on Saturday morning: 12 reps of 300m and 100m, with a short recovery. Ouch. My legs are not used to that sort of speed! However, it’s something even us long distance plodders should work more on, according to Steve Cram – and more to the point, can all benefit from, whatever the distance we race.

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Are you in with the in crowd? | Mitch Prinstein

Jul 2nd, 2017 by

The way we deal with popularity at school stays with us for life. But, asks Mitch Prinstein, is it our true self?

At an early point in childhood, we all worked out how popular we really were. Either we knew we were admired and began to worry about maintaining our special influence over others, or we recognised that others were more popular than us and began to seek more attention.

Our positions in the social hierarchy seemed so important back then, and for good reason: popularity is the most valuable and easily accessible currency available to youth. But there’s something about our popularity in youth that seems to remain a part of who we are.

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Chinese bike-share scheme launches in rainy Manchester

Jul 2nd, 2017 by

Mobike dockless cycle scheme warmly welcomed in Manchester – and the bikes are well prepared for the weather

When China’s biggest public bike-hire operator chose Manchester as the location for their first smart scheme outside Asia, they were cautioned that the weather on the banks of the Irwell differed a little from the Yangtze.

“Everyone warned us about the rain,” said Richard Huang, head of international product at Mobike. He was sheltering under an alcove outside Marks & Spencer on Thursday morning as 1,000 of his silver and orange babies were released into the pot-holed streets of the sodden Cottonopolis for 50p a go.

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Water Wipeout: taking on the UK’s wettest, muddiest fun run

Jul 2nd, 2017 by

You don’t need to be a great athlete to complete this obstacle race in the Midlands, which is more about slipping and sliding than running. You just need to be up for getting dirty

I believe there’s a common mindset when signing up for an outdoor sports event taking place in the peak of summer: that the weather will be glorious. It’s why, as the rain falls down as heavy as if we were standing under a waterfall – rather than the bright yellow tarpaulin sheltering the registration desk that we’ve taken refuge beneath – glum expressions are being shared between my shivering teammates.

“Why are we doing this?” moans my sister Sophie’s boyfriend Felix, earning an elbow to the ribs from her. “It was sunny in the promo video,” whimpers my housemate Rach, as though good weather had been sold as a guarantee. “Anyone fancy a beer instead?” asks my partner Jamie, reminding me why I’ve never invited him to do one of these events before.

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Kilian Jornet: inside the mind of the world’s best mountain runner – video

Jul 2nd, 2017 by

Kilian Jornet, 29, is widely considered the world’s best ultra-distance and mountain runner. Last month, he conquered Mount Everest twice in one week without using supplemental oxygen or fixed ropes. A project called Summits of My Life has taken him to the peaks of Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Denali and Aconcagua. We asked him what makes him tick and how it feels to be on top of the world

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Running fast: Steve Cram’s tips for a mile and beyond

Jul 2nd, 2017 by

The European record-holder advises changes to your workout that can build speed and are perfect for the summer

“What people don’t always understand,” explains Steve Cram, after watching me sprint as though my life depended upon it, “is that speed filters up as well as down.”

I am not a sprinter. In fact, I regard 5km races as a little on the short side. Yet Cram stresses that short and flat-out efforts can benefit even longer distance runners like me. Of course most of us know that interval training (sessions with reps at faster paces interspersed with easy efforts) are a vital part of getting faster when you run. But as Cram points out, many endurance athletes often neglect really hard efforts of 100m and 200m as they tend to focus on volume over pace – and that can be a mistake.

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Is TfL’s new cycling plan revolutionary or a waste of time?

Jul 2nd, 2017 by

A data map of 25 London cycling corridors could be crucial for future superhighways, but critics say it’s a distraction from getting the job done

Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, once said “in God we trust; everyone else bring data”. London has moved towards the mantra of one man who transformed a city for cycling by using a major data analysis to show where cycling routes could be built to get the greatest number of people on to two wheels.

Transport for London (TfL) has taken census data, cycle counts, surveys and data from the city’s hire bikes to identify future urban development and growth hotspots and collision data. They have created a map of 25 corridors across London, along which the greatest number of cycling trips could be generated.

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How do we build an inclusive culture for disabled cyclists?

Jul 2nd, 2017 by

A new survey confirms the use of bicycles as mobility aids and the frustration felt when disabled cyclists are told to dismount

Last week, my charity Wheels for Wellbeing published the results of a national survey of disabled cyclists which is, to our knowledge, the first of its kind. The results largely confirmed our suspicions, including that disabled cyclists – though part of our cycling culture – remain excluded from it in a number of ways.

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How was your weekend running?

Jul 2nd, 2017 by

Too hot for racing for me, but plenty of others out there proving me wrong .. as always, share your running heroics and bemoan those nasty niggles below the line

Well, that was a bit warm, no? While many of you in warmer climes are used to such things, temperatures of over 30 celsius (87 Farenheit, for any Americans) in London are not a frequent occurence. Last time I ran a race in anything like that heat, I was in Barbados, and jumped pretty much straight from the finish line into the sea.

Having jogged a whole two miles, mostly downhill, to the start of yesterday’s Ranelagh Harriers Richmond 10km and still been more sweaty than if I’d done it in a sauna, I made the call that it was not a day for racing. Not that I’m on ‘racing form’ at the moment anyway, but in that heat it just felt like lunacy. Instead I decided to run it as a tempo effort. Judging by how many people I overtook on the second half (running at dead even effort) it was a sensible decision. Then again, the heat didn’t stop our own BTL regular David from nipping in under 36 minutes. Mega kudos and a bucket of ice for that man.

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