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LONG STORY

MANY RUNNERS TELL THEM SELVES THEY’LL NEVER RUN LONG DISTANCES – BUT IT’S A FICTION, SAYS CHRISTINA MACDONALD

GO THE DISTANCE

How many times have you heard someone claim they have the ‘wrong build’ for long-distance running? It’s a commonly held belief, so is there any truth that some of us just aren’t built for distance, or can we all condition our bodies to cope with the demands of running further?

While it’s true that elite runners tend to have a lean body shape, it doesn’t mean a person with a different build can’t complete long distances. You can have a broader build, but still be fit and strong. “Elite runners are all going to have a very similar body shape,” says running coach George Anderson (runningbygeorge.com). “There’s not too many big people or too many muscular people and you could say that the ectomorph body shape is the perfect physique for running; that very thin, wiry build. But I’m talking about bone structure and body shape rather than anything to do with body fat. You can be an ectomorph and still carry a great deal of body fat or you can be an endomorph, which means to be more rounded, and be very lean.”

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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.