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Running injuries are trauma or overuse (where wear exceeds repair) and chain reaction biomechanics means where it hurts is often not where the problem is. Achilles tendonopathy is a degenerative overuse injury, which can be prevented with eccentric stretching, plus glute, hamstring and calf strength work.  Plantar Fasciitis heel / arch pain will affect 10% of the population and recovery should include eccentric stretching, needling and strength work, but not anti-inflammatories. Patella femoral pain or “runner’s knee” is a pain at the front of the knee caused by bad tracking and is often caused by a weakness elsewhere. Glute strengthening can be key....

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Run long at least once a week to improve aerobic endurance and rhythm. Run long again during the week – it’s the law of specificity that long distance races require long training runs! You need to be "fit" in order to "train". Time permitting, also include one track session, one hill session and one fartlek/interval (short and intense) session per week. All long runs should have some easy, steady and hard.  The hard-easy principle is found in every good programme. Make sure you have recovery days. Use the environment, especially in Hong Kong where you have some wonderful trails to...

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IF IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR SEB... We first heard about OVERSTIMS from French ultra running legend Sebastien Chaigneau last year. Seb loved the gluten-free options, the extra liquid gels and the easy to squeeze tubes. So we started stocking OVERSTIMS and also got Hong Kong distributor, Julien Bonnard, himself an experienced ultra trail runner, in the store last night to talk us through the products in more detail. Key takeaways were: An energy gel for every situation - mix the Antioxidant and Energix gels for a base level of energy during runs. Top up with the Coup de Fouet (translates to "whip"!) for...

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Andy Dubois Andy is one of Australia’s top Ultra Coaches with many elite runners from around the world on his books, including Stone Tsang, Wong Ho Chung and John Ellis in Hong Kong. He doesn't just work with elites, and takes as much satisfaction helping athletes just make the cut-offs to finish races they barely dreamt was possible .With extensive experience in personal training, functional therapy, injury rehab and nutrition he is one of the most complete Ultra Coaches anywhere in the world. This is complemented by his background in elite endurance events, including representing Australia in the World Trail Running Championships,...

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So you've just given birth and can't wait to get back out on the road or trail? For some tips on coming back to running sensibly and safely after having a baby, we spoke to Hong Kong super mum and ultra trail queen, Marie McNaughton, who proves you can come back stronger than ever. In fact, there is some science to suggest that post-partum hormonal changes could help women train harder, and both Paula Radcliffe's win at the 2007 New York Marathon and Kara Goucher's 2:24 PR at the 2011 Boston Marathon were within nine months of giving birth.   1. DON'T RUSH...

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