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Sprint training for distance runners

Sprint Training: The Secret to Becoming a Faster Distance Runner

Think sprint training is just for sprinters? Think again.  If you’re a distance runner looking for a time effective and research proven training method, it’s time to consider adding in some sprint training. Not only will it improve your maximum running speed, strength, power and neuromuscular coordination; it will make you a faster and more efficient …

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Mindful Running

HOW MINDFUL RUNNING CAN MAKE YOU A FASTER RUNNER

Mindfulness has many positive effects on health (lowers stress, anxiety and depression, improves heart health, immune and brain function). It can also increase our ability to focus, and endure pain, or discomfort. Recently, research has also highlighted potential for improved endurance running performance. So, can mindful running make you a faster runner?… In this article, …

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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’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 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 …

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Should you change from a heel strike to midfoot running technique?

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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