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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

How to consistently improve your running performance

We all run with the purpose of improving something: whether that’s to improve our health, improve fitness, lose weight or to improve our race times. Yet, achieving consistent improvements in our running isn’t easy.  The problem is training progression is never constant. Sometimes we improve. sometimes we don’t. And, often it it can feel like …

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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?

Running cadence is often considered as key to efficient running technique. It’s one of many factors that affect running performance – VO2max, running efficiency, lactate threshold, muscular endurance, strength and power. Yet at its simplest, there are only two metrics that ultimately determine running pace: stride length and running cadence. It’s an unbreakable law of …

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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

Despite the proven benefits of plyometric and strength training for endurance athletes it is still not a widely used training method and is often neglected for a variety of reasons including, time constraints, lack of knowledge of its benefits, or fear that it will lead to muscle gains that could potentially harm endurance performance. Recently …

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Uphill interval training improves 5km running performance

If like me you’re serious about run training then it’s likely that you include regular hill training as part of your training routine. Hill training is a highly specific way to strengthen the muscles used during running, in fact it is probably the most running specific strength workout you can do. Whilst it is clear …

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