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There is no such thing as bad running technique, apparently. David Castle looks at why 3D ga it analys is and force measurement can improve your running efficiency – and stop you getting injured

If, like me, you are of a certain age, you will almost certainly have watched mind-bending sci-fimovie Total Recall. One of the most expensive films ever made (at that time), it featured Arnold Schwarzenegger at the height of his powers in a plot so baffling most left the cinema with minor headaches. In one memorable scene, Arnie walks through a 3D imaging conveyor that reveals a hidden weapon: cue obligatory crashing and multi-million pound damage.

What has this got to do with running, you might ask? Well, it’s the thought that’s going through my head as we speed towards the headquarters of Brighton-based Stride UK, one of the very first companies in the country to invest in the latest threedimensional (3D) software from Motion Matrix, arguably the world’s most complete motion-capturing software for runners. Of course, the reality is that it’s nothing like the Total Recall conveyor belt – but it’s still at the cutting edge of running analysis.

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About Women’s Running

We all take up running for different reasons – to improve our health, lose a few pounds, raise money for charity, or perhaps because we drunkenly made a pact with a friend. But, whatever the reason, we all share the benefits of what running can deliver: inner strength, fearlessness, fitness, self-belief, self-esteem - the effects are countless. You only have to read this month’s cover star Viv’s incredible story to hear the effects of running. After undergoing a double mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis, Viv made the courageous decision not to have reconstructive surgery – a decision directly influenced by taking up running and the newfound body confidence this gave her. As we move into the New Year, confidence is going to be key to ensuring we reach our goals, whether that’s taking up running for the first time, upping our distance or losing weight (you can find plans for all three on page 32). Now is the time to harness self-belief and, to help you do so, we’ve got tips for you from life coach Steve Chamberlain. When you let go of limiting beliefs, you’ll be surpised how far it can take you, after all, as Chamberlian says, “beliefs are just thoughts we buy into, so it’s important we choose wisely!”