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USE THE FORCE

BUILD A STRONG, STABLE BASE FOR EFFICIENT RUNNING WITH OUR FOUR-MOVE CIRCUIT

WORKOUT

With two-and-a-half times our bodyweight landing underneath us with every step, it’s important that we runners have a stable base to control that force – and use it to our advantage. Instability can cause inefficient running as, without stability, you cannot drive your foot down as hard and your tendons cannot optimally spring your body forward. At worse, instability can cause running injuries, by putting excessive stress on muscles, joints, and bones.

SETS AND REPS

Complete the exercises as a circuit. Perform each exercise for 30secs followed by a 30sec run, walk, or drill (e.g. high heels). Complete 2-3 sets, with a 1min jog or walk in-between.

SINGLE-LEG BALANCE

Improves your control of the balancing muscles inside your feet, and the neural transfer of accurate information to your brain on how well you’re currently balanced (proprioception).

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About Men's Running

The August issue of Men’s Running is all about running happy. As a runner, it can be easy to lose track of exactly why it is you run; it’s all too easy to get swamped by target times and the pressure to perform. Our feature on Running and Happiness looks at the many reasons we lace up our trainers – and attempts to reinforce the one overriding aim we all should have: to find a greater sense of joy. Elsewhere, the weird and wonderful world of racing is exemplified by the Beer Lovers’ Marathon: 26.2 miles of booze-fuelled fun. And, in a unique take on Baz Luhrmann’s 90’s hit ‘Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen’, resident ultra pro Robbie Britton has a heap of advice for would-be long-distance dons. Happy running!