5 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR RUNNING
For mind and body, it’s essential to regularly change up your training programme. This not only helps build strength and endurance, it keeps you motivated and focussed on your running goals. Here are 5 ways to boost performance while keeping things fun and interesting:
 Run for the Hills
Mixing hills and steps into your training will build the power of your stride, allowing you to run faster for longer. Start off small by adding a steep hill onto the end of one of your weekly runs.
Weekly hill sprint sessions can then be introduced to your programme – find a hill that takes roughly one minute to climb, warm-up and run to the top almost as quickly as you can.
Use the jog on the way back down to fully recover before the next sprint. Repeat 5-10 times depending on what you’re comfortable with – gradually build yourself up to reduce the risk of injury.
 Get Muddy!
With wet but warmer weather, spring is the best season to run the trails. If you live in the countryside, buy an OS map and test local, familiar paths. If you’re based in the city, there are parks and commons to conquer.
Trail running is not just a fun and muddy challenge on more rugged, hilly ground – the great outdoors boosts motivation while adding a dose of variety to your routine.
Adding activities like cycling and swimming into your training programme can really help you take your running to the next level.
Spinning classes, core training and running in the water for half of a 30-minute swimming session are also great exercises for improving cardio.
 Transform your Tunes
Don’t just change your route and routine, refresh your playlist as well. Select songs with a fast tempo and regular rhythm – coordinating body movement with music can help boost speed.
Bored of your beats? Keep your brain entertained with podcasts and audiobooks instead!
Check out our range of secure and water resistant running-specific headphones. These also let in ambient sound like traffic, making your run safer.
 Visit us for Free Gait Analysis
Our expert staff can assess how your feet respond to different shoes while running on a treadmill and then recommend what footwear will help you maximise speed, comfort and stability and reduce the risk of blisters and injuries.
Gait analysis is not just important for new runners – it’s advisable to get gait analysis once a year as your running style will evolve over time. Did we already mention that it’s free?
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