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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > August 2018 > DRILLS AND THRILLS


Want to improve your running form and become a more efficient, less injury-prone runner? It’ s time to get to work on some running drills!

You may have seen a fellow runner dancing on their tip toes in the local park and wondered what on earth they’re doing. Or perhaps you’ve come across the term ‘running drills’ before but glossed over it, thinking it’s something only advanced runners hold in their vocabulary – or indeed their weekly training plan.

Well, that lady you caught in the park hasn’t just had one too many energy gels – and it’s unlikely she’s an elite, either – she’s simply performing a few clever drills to improve her running form.

Running form means your posture, stride length, cadence, arm drive and overall alignment – and running drills are a fantastic way to become more mindful of each of these components. “Drills reflect a specific part of the movement pattern you go through while running, and so repeating drills helps your body learn the correct movement patterns you undertake while running,” says Vanda Caulfield, a UK Athletics coach in running fitness and We Run coach for Surrey. “Drills are therefore a fantastic way to target specific areas you want to improve in your running form.”

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It’s a strange thing, our relationship with food. We tuck into our favourite snacks and meals to reward ourselves, cheer ourselves up and celebrate special occasions. Mealtimes can be something to look forward to after a tough day or training session, an opportunity to share quality time with loved ones. For me, food is associated with homeliness and family, but also with health and wellbeing. Fuelling my body nutritiously gives me enormous satisfaction – it gives me a feeling of control, knowing I’m supporting my health and my running. But because of such emotional associations, our relationship with food can become very complex. And, in some cases, even detrimental to health. Over the coming pages, we look at a number of topics surrounding nutrition. From the highly emotive issue of eating disorders (page 30), to the growing trend of going meat-free (page 62), we give you the facts to help you make sense of how your diet impacts your training and heath – mental and physical. If you are moving to a vegetarian or vegan diet, you’ll find heaps of expert advice on everything from getting the right protein intake to vitamin and mineral deficiencies – and even a seven-day, meat-free meal planner (page 69). Of course, there’s lots of non-food content, too, including one feature guaranteed to get you out the door, even for just 15 minutes (page 44).