Picture the long, lean lines of a runner, striding out alongside a stunning coastal scene. It’s an inspiring image, which captures the essence of fitness.
However, incorrect running can lead to injury or simply see your performance plateau. So as we’re officially in running season, what better time could there be to share some running advice?
Whether you’re aiming for a race day personal best, participating just for fun, using running as a body shaping tool or just trying to be healthy, keeping these things in mind will ensure you get results and look great while doing so!
Refine your technique
Run tall with your head up and hips forward. You should make contact with the ground under your body, not way out in front. Your contact with the ground should also be light and fast.
Increase your stability
Running, by definition, involves being on one leg at a time, and this requires good hip stability. Strengthening your gluteus medius (a muscle in your butt) with clams, single leg glute bridges and lunges will help. These types of exercises make you more stable, stronger and more powerful, helping you glide effortlessly along the pavement. They will also reduce your risk of injury and, as a great bonus, tone your butt!
Train to get faster
If you keep running the same distance at the same speed…then you’ll get very good at running at that same speed! To get faster and improve your race pace, you should implement interval training into your running program. This just means pushing yourself with bouts of running beyond your comfortable pace, and interspersing this with rest periods.
Have the right equipment
It’s important to invest in the right gear. Get fitted for running shoes by professionals who analyse your running technique and experience, then match the right shoe for you. It’s also worth spending a little extra on running clothes that not only look good but are also made from fabric that’s comfortable and breathes properly.