The sub-2 hour marathon

In 1954 Sir Roger Bannister became the first person to run under 4 minutes for the mile, a feat previously thought impossible. Once again, the impossible is looking vulnerable with the sub-2 hour marathon now being challenged.
During an 8 day window spanning 12–20 October this year, Vienna will host the second attempt by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge to become the first person to run the full marathon distance (42.195km) in under 2 hours.
The special event called the Ineos 1:59 Challenge follows on from the Nike Breaking2 event in 2017 where Kipchoge ran an unofficial world record of 2:00:25 on a Formula 1 track in Monza, Italy. Kipchoge is the current official marathon world record holder, after running 2:01:39 at the 2018 Berlin marathon.
The 34 year old told Runner’s World after his near miss attempt in 2017, ‘I believe in good training and good preparation. If I have that, the 25 seconds will come.’

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Running – Training principles & injury prevention

As an Osteopath who has worked with many competitive and recreational runners over the years, I’ve come to recognise some of the most common causes of injuries:

  • Overload: Increasing training too rapidly or training at too high a volume.
  • Poor recovery: Inadequate rest, sleep or nutrition.
  • Biomechanics: A huge can of worms!
  • Other: Possibly a can and possibly a worm, but not yet clear.

In this article, I’ll be examining Overload and Recovery because that’s where things are most clear and where we can advise most accurately.

By following correct training principles, I believe that we can prevent most running injuries.

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Natasha’s remarkable recovery for the Patagonia ultramarathon

MOSIC client Natasha Sekulic describes on her blog the incredible RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon that she completed in the Patagonia region of Argentina in November last year. What makes this achievement all the more remarkable is that Natasha suffered a debilitating calf muscle tear as she embarked on her training program for the 7-day 250km event.

It turned out worse than anticipated and three weeks post tear I was still on crutches … Six weeks post injury and I still couldn’t do a single calf raise and I was still walking with a heavy limp.

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Improving your yoga poses

Have you ever joined a yoga class and wondered why you seem to be struggling more than the yogi next to you?

It might help to break the pose down into the elements required by each area of the body and work on them separately before putting it all together.

Here’s an example using the ‘extended side angle’ pose as performed by Pilates instructor Luisa Burgoyne.

As pictured below, this pose requires:

  • left hip flexion
  • right hip extension
  • spine rotation right
  • elevation of right shoulder

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Trusting Your Plan – Interview with Melbourne marathon runner Danny Cohen

Danny Cohen is a busy 40-year-old office worker and experienced road cyclist who started running marathons three years ago. At last year’s windswept Melbourne Marathon in October Danny ran 2 hours 46 minutes 48 seconds.

What makes Danny’s result so incredible is that an MRI report diagnosed a significant hamstring tear just 6-weeks out from the event. This explained the constant ache he had been feeling in his leg when running and for many people, this kind of news would have ended their marathon campaign. But Danny isn’t like most people…

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Cross Training Explained

Cross Training means using a secondary activity as an adjunct to your primary activity. It is common for sports that include a lot of repetitive actions.

Cross Training

Benefits of Cross Training

  • Variation from repetitive movements of primary sport.
  • Injury prevention.
  • Improves different fitness components.
  • Improves mobility restrictions caused by primary sport.
  • Enhances performance by doing a sport which targets your weaknesses.

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