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WHAT’S YOUR TYPE?

NOT BLONDES OR BRUNETTES, BUT BODY TYPES; WHETHER YOU’RE TALL AND SKINNY OR SHORT AND STOCKY, YOUR TRAINING AND NUTRITION CHOICES SHOULD BE TAILORED TO YOUR GENETIC MAKEUP

You are what you eat, the saying goes. But that’s not all – you’re also what you are, in the sense that we are all born with a body type that’s determined by genetics, rather than by calories alone.

Much of the modern research about ectomorphs, endomorphs and mesomorphs – read on to find out which one you are – is applied to muscle building, but your body shape affects how you should train and eat for running as well.

There’s just one caveat: don’t get hung up on it. “We need to be aware that discussions about performance can affect body image,” says Tom Craggs (runningwithus.com). “You need to embrace the shape you’ve got and maximise the benefits that come from your body type.”

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Search the Internet and there are a million and one quotes about running. But none ring truer than the great Juma Ikangaa, winner of the 1989 New York Marathon, who said: “ e will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” As runners, we know the importance of training. And yet very few of us ever get it right. Too much here, too little there, not quick enough, not slow enough, not enough hills, too many hills – the list is endless. And confusing. At Men’s Running, we’ve always focused on bringing you great training advice from people who really know what they’re talking about. Whether it’s preparing for a marathon, sharpening up over 5K or adding variety in to your programme, we’ve brought you the best advice from some of the best coaches. So we thought what better way to celebrate than creating this unique training special, packed full of hints, tips, advice and motivation to take your running to the next level – whatever that might be. We hope there’s something here for everybody. And remember, fail to prepare, prepare to fail. We’re not quite sure who said that, but somehow it seems like good advice!