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WHAT’S YOUR TYPE?

NOT BLONDES OR BRUNETTES, BUT BODY TYPES; WHETHER YOU’RE TALL AND SKINNY OR SHORT AND STOCKY, YOUR TRAINING AND NUTRITION CHOICES SHOULD BE TAILORED TO YOUR GENETIC MAKEUP

BODY TYPE TRAINING

You are what you eat, the saying goes. But that’s not all – you’re also what you are, in the sense that we are all born with a body type that’s determined by genetics, rather than by calories alone.

Much of the modern research about ectomorphs, endomorphs and mesomorphs – read on to find out which one you are – is applied to muscle building, but your body shape affects how you should train and eat for running as well.

There’s just one caveat: don’t get hung up on it. “We need to be aware that discussions about performance can affect body image,” says Tom Craggs (runningwithus.com). “You need to embrace the shape you’ve got and maximise the benefits that come from your body type.”

THE ECTOMORPH

If you’re tall, lean and you find it hard to gain muscle, you’re an ectomorph. Chances are you have a flat chest and slim waist. You may actually look vaguely like an elite athlete in your kit, but being an ectomorph doesn’t automatically mean you’re fit for running.

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About Men's Running

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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