Ultimately we need fuel to get speed, but as the weather cools and our motivation to hit the trail wanes, it is important to keep the winter bulge in check to perform at a high level. A runner weighing 73 kilograms has to generate 6.5 per cent more energy to run the same pace as a runner weighing 68 kilograms. Penny Comins looks at some ways to keep active and fight the flab.
I'll be the first to admit I am a fair weather runner, the hotter the better, any chance of rain and I start moaning. Winter is not my favourite time of year. For at least four months I have to face up to keep the devil falling from the sky and stay fit. Penny Comins explores some cross training options to keep you fit, motivated and warm over winter.
We are officially in Autumn and will be until the end of May. Although the sun may be high in the sky and we are still experiencing hot days, you will notice darker mornings again, and the lush selection of berries at affordable prices have gone. Penny Comnis sees no reason to be disheartened; Autumn brings copious seasonal fruit and vegetables and an excuse to start the red wines by the fire after a crisp day out on the trails.
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