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HIT YOUR STRIDE

If you’re concerned your gait’s not great, it might not be time to hang up your trainers and get the small violin out just yet. Stride length, you see, may not be as important as once thought. Over-striding, so the perceived wisdom goes, leads to heavy wear on your muscles and joints, as your body weight is unevenly distributed. A new study conducted by Brigham Young University(1), however, suggests that runners naturally choose what stride length is right for them and attempting to change that too much – by focusing on landing your feet underneath your body – will negatively impact performance. “Don’t worry about changing your stride length,” said Iain Hunter, professor of exercise science at BYU, “You should just leave it alone or you’re going to use more energy in the end.”

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The November issue of Men’s Running is all about training smart: whether that’s tailoring your sessions to suit your body type, learning to make the most of your urban environment or discovering the most cost-effective events, this issue is packed with content to help you reach your full potential. Elsewhere, we’ve got some stunning, run-envy inducing destination races. Run-reporter Arko Hojholt travels to the pristine Swiss Alps for the Inferno Half: a half marathon with a sting in its tail. Damian Hall, meanwhile, has been kept busy: first, trying his hand (or feet) at the quad-wrecking discipling of skyrunning, before troubling the crème de la crème of ultrarunning at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), the world’s premier trail race. Of course, we’ve also got exclusive kit reviews, tech roundups and inspiring interviews to maintain motivation this winter.
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