The key to a great run is to practice great form. You’ll need to keep your upper body tall, yet relaxed, and swing your arms forward and back (not side to side).
It’s helpful to measure the number of steps taken whilst running. The most efficient runners take light, short steps with their feet close to the ground. To find your cadence number, run for one minute and count the number of times your left foot hits the ground. Then multiply this number by two.
Interval training is just one way to build up both endurance and speed, and is great for anyone who’s short on time.
Whilst it’s debated as to whether stretching before running really helps to prevent injury, a daily stretch will increase flexibility for a better stride.
Even if barefoot running doesn’t take your fancy, runners are getting lighter and lighter to mimic your foot’s natural stride. Try a pair and see how they work for you.
Hill running is a great way to improve speed and strength. Plus it's a fantastic way to add that extra challenge to your next run.
Why not try adding some yoga to your running plan? Increased flexibility helps to build speed, whilst yoga is a great way to focus on your breathing.
It’s important to get enough shuteye in order to reach your fastest time. Getting enough sleep will give your body the opportunity to repair and regenerate your muscles from the day’s training.