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Running headphones – reviewed. Listening to music has been proven to boost performance.

Running headphones – reviewed

Whether you're running outside or working out in the gym, it is an undeniable motivational tool. But how you listen to it is also going to have an impact – wasting time fiddling with wires and readjusting earbuds is not only infuriating but slows you down or disrupts your rhythm. Sport headphones have greater demands placed on them than regular earphones: higher impact and sweat is involved. Standard smartphone sets are too flimsy and insecure, and won't sufficiently block out external noise, while bigger headsets that may provide better sound quality are too bulky and not resistant to moisture. While some don't come cheap, investing in a pair of specialist sports headphones that have good functionality and sound quality will pay off if you use them often.

So what are you looking for in a good pair of sport headphones? Sennheiser adidas CX 685 SPORTS (£49.99) Comes with cable clip, cleaning tool, three bud sizes and storage pouch. Core work: a runner's guide. Why the core is key When you run, though your legs may be doing the lion's share of the work, your upper body is constantly rotating.

Core work: a runner's guide

Your abdominals and obliques should be activated, providing balance and support. And of course your intercostal muscles are working away as you breathe more and more heavily, so these muscles need to be strong. If they aren't, you are more likely to overcompensate elsewhere and perhaps cause an injury or pain. Chi running: can a habitual heel striker learn to land midfoot in one day? A nice mid-to-forefoot strike, which drastically reduces impact on the body compared with a heel-strike.

Chi running: can a habitual heel striker learn to land midfoot in one day?

Running On Air: Breathing Technique. This article was adapted from Running on Air: The Revolutionary Way to Run Better by Breathing Smarter, by Budd Coates, M.S., and Claire Kowalchik (Rodale, 2013).

Running On Air: Breathing Technique

The book teaches how to use the principles and methods of rhythmic breathing across all levels of effort. It includes training plans for distances from 5-K to the marathon, as well as strength-training programs and stretching workouts. In my early days as a runner, I, like most, didn't give any thought to my breathing. I took up the sport in high school—back in the '70s—and as a senior on the cross-country team, I won the individual league championship, a good but not great accomplishment. I continued to run at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where I majored in physical education.

I spent lots of time in the college's physiology building (there were no cross-training facilities) on a Monarch test bike, pedaling away to maintain my conditioning. Marathon mantra(s) If all goes as planned, I’ll be running a marathon when this post goes out.

Marathon mantra(s)

This will be the first one. While training, I tried to keep in mind a few things to maintain the best running form possible. It's All in the Hips. Watch a video of Kenenisa Bekele winning a 5,000m or 10,000m, and it is quickly apparent that he and the rest of the world-class pack with him are doing something different from what most of us do every day.

It's All in the Hips

They float around the track, hardly seeming to touch it. They accelerate smoothly and effortlessly. Their legs seem to spin beneath weightless bodies. We want to run like them, but too often we feel like we're muscling our bodies along, pounding the ground and working for each forward push. What element of their stride creates the difference?

For the past several years, we've been told to focus on their feet. And yet, many of those who adopted a forefoot strike and the minimalist shoes that accompanied the movement didn't see an improvement in times and continued to get injured. A wide range of experts--from kinesiologists to physical therapists, orthopedists to coaches--agree that the extreme emphasis the running world has put on foot strike is misplaced. Ask Candace: Recovery after a Marathon or Half Marathon. Marathon Training Plans, Running Shoe Reviews, Nutrition... How to Run Your Best Half-Marathon Ever [INFOGRAPHIC] Prevent running injuries with the Year of Injury Free Running!

Happy New Year!

Prevent running injuries with the Year of Injury Free Running!

2014 is going to be YOURS – are you ready? Every January I like to reflect on the annual highlights and set goals for the next 12 months. And 2013 was our best year ever. How do I know? Well, I judge these things by the accomplishments of the runners that I coach – either directly in my 1-on-1 coaching program or through custom training plans, Run Your BQ, or the SR Boot Camp. I’m impressed with every runner that uses SR to improve their running. I actually had to start separate pages to keep track of all the feedback and results my runners experienced. This type of impact means the world to me – I’m incredibly thankful to you for being part of this community, taking initiative in your training, and doing the hard work that helps you become a better runner. Runner’s Information & Advice.