It has been confirmed that celebrated young fly-half Alex Lozowski will be leaving Wasps to join Saracens. Lozowski will continue to play for Wasps until the summer; however, he will then start the new rugby union season with the probable league champions.
Lozowski will be taking the number 10 spot, which has been occupied for so long by the now-retiring and hugely-celebrated fly-half Charlie Hodgson. Excitement at Lozowski’s move has been voiced by both the player and his new manager.
22-year-old Lozowski hails from Watford and could have made a name for himself in football, having played at the Chelsea Academy as a youngster. Settling on rugby union, he started his career with Yorkshire Carnegie while studying at Leeds University. He was quickly snapped up by Wasps, however, where he has been playing as fly-half since 2014. Lozowski is known for his electric pace and skilled playmaking.
Speaking on the Saracens website, Lozowski said: “I’m very excited to be joining up with Saracens and believe that my ambitions as a player match those of the club.
Don’t let daylight saving time put your fitness to sleep. This Sunday morning, our clocks will spring forward an hour, cutting into precious sleep time. The lost 60 minutes may not seem like much, but it can take a toll on your running routine for several days. Fortunately, with some prep on Saturday evening and extra motivation to not swat the snooze button before your long run Sunday morning, these five tips will keep your training on track.
1. A good night’s rest this weekend is vital for your body’s clock to transition to the new weekday schedule come Monday. For starters, go for a run on Saturday because exercise will significantly improve your snooze quality. Dr. Michael Breus, a runner and sleep specialist with his own practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, also recommends reducing your alcohol and caffeine consumption this weekend. “Alcohol keeps you in the lighter stages of sleep,” he says. “Calm your caffeine consumption down by 2 p.m. on Saturday; that will help get you into deeper stages of sleep that night.”
2. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier on Saturday night and sleep in 30 minutes later Sunday morning, recommends Dr. Breus. “It takes the circadian clock in
Many runners have been there-lacing up for the first time after an exercise hiatus, praying to the gods of running that there is such a thing as muscle memory. For example, Jeff Alexander, a 48-year-old public relations executive from Philadelphia, ran his first marathon in 1996 in 3:03, his second the following year in 3:07, and his third the year after that in 3:06. A semi-hypothermic experience at that final race coupled with major life changes, including a move and a marriage, caused Alexander to fall out of his marathon-training routine. And although he attempted to keep up with regular short runs, “beer often got in the way,” he says. But 10 years later, Alexander got back in the long-distance saddle. He trained for the 2008 Philadelphia Marathon and once again qualified for boston, with a time of 3:17-and a lot less difficulty than he had expected. “Heading back out, it felt very familiar,” he says. “I was up to 10 miles within the first month of training. I’d say the muscle memory was intact.”
Why It Sticks
Chances are, at some point in your life you’ll need time off from running. You’ll become a parent, get sick or injured, or
Winter can be tough for runners. The glut of holiday celebrations and getting-ever-scarcer daylight can derail your training routine. But sticking to a consistent program keeps you fit and energized–and makes injury less likely come spring.
Beth Baker, a coach at Running Evolution in Seattle, says habits are even tougher to regain than fitness. That’s why she suggests doing at least three runs per week, supplemented with two to three cross-training or strength workouts. And shifting your focus away from intense running for a short time can pay off long-term. “Running easy allows you to start [your next training cycle] with fresh legs and a better outlook,” says Chicago-based coach Brendan Cournane.
Renew Your Motivation
Group runs and workout partners can inspire you to lace up your shoes instead of burrowing under the covers. “You’ll show up if you know another person is counting on you,” says Team Oregon coach Patti Finke. Or join a group challenge, says Baker, who organizes a Seasonal Smackdown every Thanksgiving that challenges participants to rack up more workouts than competing teams. “People love getting credit and prizes for each run they do, and they feel accountable for their group’s success,” she says.
If it takes an
Proper downhill running technique and strong quads are important to reducing soreness as you take to the trails. Below, the experts weigh in on how to descend without getting hurt.
Focus on Form
While no single downhill running form is a golden ticket to eliminating soreness, you can focus on a few specific areas, says Rob Krar, the holder of the fastest known times for the single and double crossings of the Grand Canyon.
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Stay upright. Krar recommends a posture that is perpendicular to the ground, except on the steepest grades. Leaning back and over-striding increases impact, adds braking, and offers less control.
Look ahead. Choose a line that offers the optimum balance between maintaining momentum and minimizing the risk of falling.
Increase cadence. “Think light, quick