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RUN RESOLUTIONS

MAKE THESE SCIENCE-BACKED HEALTH AND FITNESS RESOLUTIONS TO ENSURE 2018 IS YOUR BEST YEAR YET

SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY

1 GRIN TO WIN

Breaking out in sporadic, natural smiles during a race could have a serious impact on your PB, as researchers carrying out tests on 24 runners at Ulster and Swansea Universities have discovered.

Runners who smiled during timed trials – for 30-second bursts at a time – recorded more efficient running economy scores (almost 3% greater) than when they didn’t grin.

2 ADD MINDFULNESS TO MILEAGE

Employing a little meditative method to your running may improve your performance – or at least make smiling on the long run come a whole lot easier. “Mindfulness creates a bridge between the runner’s body and the brain,” argues Mac Kenzie L Havey, author of Mindful Running (Bloomsbury). To grasp its benefits, Havey suggests runners:

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About Men's Running

The March issue of Men’s Running was designed with New Year motivation in mind. Whether you’re a persistent pavement pounder, or are completely new to running altogether, this issue is packed with expert advice on becoming a tougher, stronger, quicker and happier runner - from 14 easy-to-adopt ways to boost performance, to a three-page spread on learning to grit your teeth, push your limits and realise your true potential. We’ve also got exclusive reviews of the latest short-sleeved tops, shorts and running socks - with the best product in each category receiving the MR ‘Best in Test’ seal of approval. For a rarely covered behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to organise a large-scale race, head to our ‘Making a Marathon’ feature, and of course we’ve also got the usual training advice, race reports and nutrition know-how to help you hit the ground running in 2018.