Articles

We have scoured the Internet and reached out to professional coaches and nutritionists, as well as runners of all ages and abilities to help us curate a series of insightful articles about all sorts of of different running related topics.

We have organised these articles into categories (including 'Where to Run', 'Nutrition', 'Training Plans', and 'Running Shoes') to help you find the information that you need.

If you would like to contribute, know of a must-read running related article, or think that we are missing something then please let us know.

Latest articles

How to train for a 5k

How to train for a 5k

Running shorter distances (like the 5k) requires more focus on speed over endurance. Take a look at the best ways of training for your next 5k race.

What is the difference between aerobic and anaerobic running?

What is the difference between aerobic and anaerobic running?

This article looks at the difference between running in an aerobic state as opposed to an anaerobic state, and details how training stimulates appropriate adaptations.

How to train for a marathon

How to train for a marathon

An in depth look at what is required to train for and complete a marathon - 26.2 miles.

How Our Totally Average Runner Broke the Sub-Five-Minute Mile

How Our Totally Average Runner Broke the Sub-Five-Minute Mile

Some sage advice on how to train appropriately for your target race, aptly demonstrated by the authors success in running a sub 5 minute mile.

The Barkley Marathons

The Barkley Marathons

A fantastic piece on the Barkley Marathons - the infamous and impossibly hard race that (as of publication) only 15 people had ever completed.

Depression, anxiety, OCD - running helped us beat them

Depression, anxiety, OCD - running helped us beat them

Some fantastic case studies on how running has helped real people deal with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Your Body: “Use It Or Lose It”

Your Body: “Use It Or Lose It”

Running will help you live a longer, higher quality life. This article takes a look at a 21 year study which proved just that.

Why Exercise Makes You Less Anxious

Why Exercise Makes You Less Anxious

An accessible look at the science behind the common viewpoint (amongst runners) that running reduces stress and anxiety.

The Recovery I Needed

The Recovery I Needed

A candid piece by OCR hero Amelia Boone on her struggles with Eating Disorders. An absolute must read.

Running Tips For Beginners

Running Tips For Beginners

A basic introduction to running from the UK's National Health Service. It outlines what you need to get started, and the health considerations of running.

Comrades Marathon 2019 - The race and the place

Comrades Marathon 2019 - The race and the place

A race guide/report for the 2019 Comrades Marathon (the worlds most famous ultramarathon - 87km from Durban to Pietermaritzburg) and an overview of the area - the people, the place, and things to do.

What is overpronation?

What is overpronation?

Overpronation is a buzzword that you will often here in specialist running stores when buying running shoes. What exactly is it? This article investigates.

Running shoe brands

Running shoe brands

An overview of all the major (and minor) players in the running shoe market. You may well have heard of asics, but have you heard of newer, smaller players like Altra?

What should runners eat for breakfast?

What should runners eat for breakfast?

A good breakfast is vital for fuelling a race. It is extremely important that you test different fuelling strategies during your training. We take a look at a few of the most popular options - oatmeal and bananas.

Where to run in Manchester, England

Where to run in Manchester, England

Visiting Manchester? This article outlines the best places to run in/around the city. Jump on the canal paths for a long run or pop along to a local club for a track session. Then grab a cake and a pint.