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OUTSIDE influences



“Road cycling helps to improve core stability. Long rides will build endurance”

Want to know the secret to improving your running? It’s really simple: tie on your running shoes, step outside the front door, and go for a run. It’s true. There’s nothing more effective.

In which case, why do runners make such a big deal of cross-training? The answer is because we all want to exercise regularly but, for one reason or another, running isn’t always the best option on the table. Perhaps the weather’s foul outside. Or you’re carrying a niggling injury in your right calf muscle. Or you’ve left home on a business trip and forgotten to pack your running shoes. Or you just need a change from running round your local park. Whatever the reason, crosstraining is an excellent plan B.

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Give your running a boost with the April issue of Men’s Running – our nutrition special. Whether you’re in need of a reliable mid-marathon energy gel, a pre-run pick-me-up or a recovery-boosting shake, this month’s Best in Test is your go-to guide for the best sports nutrition products on the market – as decided by our team of independent runners. Elsewhere, spring marathoners can take advice from our very own marathon man, Steve Way, who tells you exactly what you should be doing with two months to go. Or, if off-road is your thing, resident trail guru Matt Maynard’s ‘Trail Skills’ feature explains how to hone the skills you’ll need to excel when the going gets muddy. All that, plus the usual training advice, race reports and nutrition know-how to help you run stronger than ever this spring.