7 Benefits of Cycling for Runners

7 BENEFITS OF CYCLING FOR RUNNERS

Considering adding in some cycling to your running plan? If you’re a runner looking to reduce injury risk, enhance recovery and increase running speed, then cycling is a great option. As runners, it’s easy to overlook the benefits of cross training. It’s logical to prioritise run training. This makes sense, since training should be specific. And you …

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Running Symmetry and efficiency

Ground contact time balance: why symmetry improves running efficiency

If you want to improve running efficiency and become a faster runner: then pay attention to your running symmetry. That’s the findings of a recent study, published in the International Journal of Exercise Science. In this article we’ll look at: Running symmetry and why it’s important How to assess it using ground contact time balance …

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Hill Sprints Running Speed

Hill Sprints Workouts For Running Speed, Power and Efficiency

Hill sprints improve your power and speed. They increase the strength of your muscles and tendons. And they help to develop the foundational strength needed for greater running fitness. They are the sprinting equivalent of aerobic base training. And help you build greater speed, strength and power which will transfer to other components of your …

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Downhill Running Training

6 Reasons Why Runners Should Include Downhill Running Training

Downhill running is a skill that’s often overlooked. After all, downhill running’s easier, so why would you need to train for that? And if I’m being honest, it’s something I’ve been guilty of overlooking. But that’s a mistake. In fact, specific downhill running training is an excellent way to running performance. It can make you …

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Long Hill VO2max Running Intervals

Long Hill Repeats: Improve VO2max and Muscular Endurance

Long hill repeats combine the training benefits of VO2 max running intervals and muscular endurance training. They are like the longer intervals that most runners are familiar with – 600, 800 or even 1000m intervals. And run at a similar intensity — making these an excellent workout for developing aerobic fitness. There’s just one difference… …

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Tempo Hill Interval Training

Tempo Hill Intervals: the best all round endurance hill running session?

If you’re looking for a hill workout to develop aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, muscular endurance, fatigue resistance and your lactate threshold, then you can’t get much better than tempo hills. It’s a great all rounder, that works really well in the build up to key endurance races. Key benefits of Tempo Hill Intervals Develops both …

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Hill Repeats Running Workouts

Short Hill Repeats: improve strength, running cadence and speed endurance

Short hill repeats are the most common type of hill training used by runners. It’s an extremely time effective workout for improving your running cadence, stride length, strength, efficiency and speed endurance. Here’s why you should be including short hill repeats in your running training… Great for cadence, stride length and running form Improves muscular strength, power …

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Stryd footpod running power meter

Stryd Footpod Review (2020) – how using Stryd improved my running

The Stryd running power meter is a high end lightweight running footpod that claims to improve training and racing effectiveness. It measures a number of key running metrics, whilst also providing valuable insights into your training and running form. But how useful is the Stryd footpod? Is it worth the cost? And more importantly will …

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How to improve distance running performance

Looking to improve running speed: here’s 20 ways to become a faster runner

We all run with the purpose of improving something: whether it’s to improve your health, fitness, lose weight or improve running speed. Yet, achieving consistent improvements isn’t easy. Often, we see big improvements when we first start running training. The problem is training progression is never consistent. And overtime this rate of improvement begins to …

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