Fartlek: HIIT for Runners

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) might be all the rage in fitness circles nowadays, but Swedish runners have been practising a form of HIIT ever since the ’30s, when the Fartlek system of running was developed. Fartlek means “speed-play” in Swedish, and once you get over any amusement at...
The Oxford Street-Regent Street axis of athletic apparel welcomed a new flagship store this week, with Asics throwing open the doors to its new shop on 1st August. Coach went along to the launch night to scout out the best gear available in case you don’t live in...
The biggest mistake many people make with running is to view it as a torturous activity only to be undertaken with the aim of getting fitter. The truth is that while running is not a panacea for all of life’s ills, it should be an enjoyable pastime that...
When embarking on a running kick, the one piece of kit it’s really worth putting some time into selecting is a top-notch pair of running shoes. You can of course run in any old shoes, but that could well put you on the fast track to injuries, sluggish times...
The start line of any major running event is a great place to scout out your next pair of running shoes since, in theory, those around you will be runners of a similar ability wearing their race-day favourites. However, over the next 12 months this start-line scouting might...
Running shoes can come a cropper when they try to appeal to too many different people. Different runners want different things, whether that’s the amount of cushioning a shoe has, or its overall weight, or its offset – the difference in height between the heel and forefoot. A...
When looking to create a splash in the fitness tracker market, most companies tend to go the route of producing an entirely new wearable, but TomTom has instead opted to update its line-up of existing devices with a trio of new features – and these make the Spark,...
A pair of headphones can make or break a run. If they’re fiddly, uncomfortable, don’t fit or run out of juice before you’ve broken sweat, they can send your stress hormones skyrocketing and bring your outing to an abrupt, angry halt. But get them right, equipped to provide...
Committing to training for a marathon can result in a slew of changes to your lifestyle, the most notable of which being that you’re going to start running a whole lot more (if that comes as a surprise, maybe this whole marathon thing is a bad idea). Your diet...
If you’ve pulled on a pair of Adidas UltraBoost running shoes in the past few years – and given how popular they are with runners there’s a decent chance you have – one question you may have asked yourself is: why bother with the laces? The snug fit of...