Alecsa Stewart

Alecsa Stewart

Alecsa is a freelance writer and ultra-runner living in the French Pyrenees, where she goes out on long mountain days exploring the nearby summits as often as she can. When she’s not out running, she writes thoughtful content for brands who want to make their voice heard in English, French, and Romanian. She also shares stories from her adventures in running and travel publications around the world. You can see Alecsa’s portfolio and find out more about her services on her website. Follow her on the trails on Instagram or Twitter.
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Heat Training for Summer Races

As temperatures go up and summer races are just around the corner, runners need to start preparing to train and compete in hot weather. This can be a challenge, from regulating your body temperature, to preparing for the sun and heat, to knowing what to eat and drink to be

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Barefoot running

The concept of barefoot running is simple: you were born barefoot, so your body will respond better to less cushioning and freedom from the grip of modern shoes. While this theory suggests that human feet can feel healthier and stronger from running and walking shoeless, or at least in minimalist

Cross training for runners
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Cross Training

As a runner, whether you hit the tarmac on a regular basis or prefer getting lost on the trails, the bulk of your activity is repetitive (more for road runners than trail runners, but repetitive nonetheless). In time, repetitive motion can lead to injuries, strains, and even mental burnout or

Dynamic Stretching
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Dynamic Stretching

Stretching is one of the key elements of warming up and cooling down, regardless of the type of workout you do. For running, static stretches are great for relaxing warm muscles and bringing down your heart rate. And these are the stretches we’re most familiar with – the classic quadriceps

Tempo run | What is a tempo run
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Tempo Run

Whether you’re training for a specific race or a personal best, the tempo run is one of the key types of workout that you should include in your running training program. Most of us plod along at a slow pace for our recovery runs, then go all out on interval

Stretches for Runners
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Stretches for Runners

The idea that runners need to stretch before or after a run (or both) is… as old as time! Jokes aside, we all know that our muscles benefit from stretching, but what isn’t clear is whether that is always the case. For example, could you damage a muscle by stretching

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Hill Sprints

Most runners associate hill sprints with race-specific training, i.e., when you are training for a race that has a notoriously hilly course or where you know that there are one or more hills that could decide your race result. However, hill workouts can be beneficial for so much more than

Anaerobic threshold
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Anaerobic Threshold

For many years, scientists have been trying to pinpoint values and levels to measure against in order to understand what drives human performance. Not just in sports but also in day-to-day life scenarios and looking at patients recovering from various illnesses, these values or thresholds can come in handy in

How to breathe while running
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How to Breathe While Running

Breathing is not one of the topics most of us would spend too long thinking about, especially if you’re in good health and have no reason to watch your respiratory system. However, as you progress in your running or if you’ve just started running for fitness, you might find yourself

Runners high
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Runners High

Aerobic exercise – and running in particular – has long been known to produce endorphins that make us happy and excited after a hard workout. Known as a “runner’s high,” this feeling is what keeps experienced runners lacing up their shoes again and again. It’s a great source of motivation,

Heart Rate Training
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Heart Rate Training

Running training can be done on feeling, especially at the beginning of your running “career.” However, you’ll soon realize that you need some metrics to help you measure your progress and the amount of effort you put in. Especially if you’re looking to train for specific races, knowing your maximum

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Cadence Running

The world of running – professionally or for leisure – is benefitting more and more from sophisticated data and the ability to capture all sorts of information about our form, speed, endurance, and more. Running cadence is one of these metrics and arguably an element of your running that can

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Fartlek Running

Running regularly yields lots of physical and psychological benefits. It also helps you strive towards an end goal, usually one or a series of races throughout your running calendar. But, what happens once you reach a plateau and your running isn’t getting any faster or your endurance has remained roughly

How to run faster
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How to Run Faster

Your running speed might be the first and most important part of your running training focus, or it could be a secondary thought after you’ve been working on your endurance. Either way, how to run faster is a question that all of us have, from seasoned runners to beginners looking

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Fasted Cardio

Running on an empty stomach – or “fasted running” – has become a popular hack for losing weight and burning fat. This is because of the general concept that running on empty will lead to the body burning fat for energy, consequently helping you get leaner quicker and teaching your

Nutrition for Runners
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Nutrition for Runners

As a new runner or a seasoned athlete looking to level up your performance, nutrition for runners is a key area to look into, especially if you have related goals such as losing weight, improving muscle strength, getting lean etc. While there are many diets for athletes, as well as

Trail running marathon training plan
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Trail Marathon Training

If you’ve been running for a while on roads and maybe sometimes on trails too, you might be getting to the point where a 5k or 10k run isn’t a challenge for you anymore. So you’ve set your sights on a trail marathon and want to see how running on

Trail running Training
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Trail Running Training

Whether you’re a seasoned runner looking to spice up your running routine or a trail runner who is coming back from injury or searching for a structured trail running training plan, hitting the trails can yield multiple benefits for regular recreational runners. From giving your body a rest from pounding

Benefits of Running
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Benefits of Running

We all have that friend who boasts about going for a 30-minute jog every day, while conflicting reports suggest that perhaps they should take more time off. Is running every day a good idea? How often should you run, and should you run at all? The benefits of running are

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Running Shoes for Shin Splints

The 7 Best Running Shoes for Shin Splints of 2022 (Review)   Updated: What can you do to eradicate Shin splints forever? Get yourself the right pair of shoes! But where should you start? It can be daunting to sort through all of the available options, so we rounded up