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POWER UP

CHARGE UP YOUR PACE BY BUILDING A BODY THAT CAN COPE WITH FASTER SPEEDS - HERE’S HOW YOU NEED TO TRAIN FROM TOP TO TOE

NEED FOR SPEED

You already know that, simply by training over a period of time and without injury, you’ll run faster. But do you know why? Understanding how your body translates your effort into forward motion can help you realise your full potential, as you move beyond pounding the pavements to develop a whole-body training method.

In simple terms, running speed is described as stride length vs stride frequency: maximising both without compromising either is the goal. But there are so many systems that need to support this action – and, after all, most of us aren’t training to hit our top possible speed (60-metre sprinters, stop reading now). For the majority of everyday runners, training is about hitting our best sustainable pace over a given distance.

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About Women’s Running

Speed up with the June issue of Women’s Running magazine, on sale now! We’ll run you through some classic sessions to build your running pace, and show you 11 smart shortcuts to running better. No problem running fast but can’t make the mileage? We’ve got expert advice on building up your distance. We’ll also show you how to take to the trails with confidence, and how to look after your body so that you steer clear of injury and illness. Plus, we’ve got all the usual must-have kit for road and trail, inspirational stories, race reviews and much more.