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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 can be easy to overlook the training benefits of cross training. It’s natural to prioritise run training. This makes sense, since training should always …

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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 take a look at: running symmetry, why it’s important, how to assess it using ground contact time …

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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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Race day nutrition for runners

Why endurance runners should practice race day nutrition in training

Whilst runners naturally focus a lot of attention on endurance running sessions, often less attention is placed on practising race day nutrition in the build to important long-distance races such as marathons, or ultra marathons.  As an endurance athlete you’ll know the importance of using good nutrition strategies to maximise running performance. Whether this takes the …

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Running Cadence - how important is it?

Running Cadence – how important is it? And how can you improve it?

Running cadence (or stride rate) is often considered a key part of efficient running technique, and with good reason. Take a look at any elite runner and one thing they all have in common is a fast efficient leg turnover speed. Not surprisingly, a lot of attention has been placed on the importance of run …

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Running Technique: Is changing from a heel first to a mid-foot running style beneficial?

Over recent years there has been increasing interest in the potential benefits of changing from a heel first running style to mid-foot strike. Advocates of mid-foot running styles claim decreased injury rates and improve running efficiency, compared with a heel first running style. Since the majority of runners naturally use a rear-foot, or heel first …

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Plyometric training improves endurance running performance

To run well it takes far more than just running. Sometimes, we have to train in ways that may seem counterintuitive to our normal training focus. One example, is plyometric training – a form of training involving fast explosive jumps, hops, skipping and bounding. On the face of it, running and plyometrics are at opposite …

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How to use hill interval training to improve 5km running performance

Looking to improve your 5km running speed? Including regular hill running, as part of a structured training program, is a great way to improve your 5km running speed. Hill running is a highly specific form of strength training for runners, leading to improvements in muscle strength, power, efficiency and running speed. But what type of …

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