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SUP

RICK PEARSON TAKES TO THE WATER IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIND OUT WHY, WHEN IT COMES TO FULL-BODY FITNESS, THE ONLY WAY IS SUP

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I’m floating gently down the Thames. In my hands is a paddle and under my feet is a 10-foot plastic board. Welcome to the wonderful world of SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboarding). The lovechild of surfing and canoeing, SUP involves standing on an oversized surfboard while using a paddle to propel yourself forwards. Unlike surfing, though, SUP isn’t restricted to the ocean. It can be practised on lakes and rivers. “If there’s a body of water, you can probably SUP on it,” says James Roorda, a Canadian now living in London and the club captain at Eel Pie Island Club SUP. “There’s now even SUP fishing.” But I’m not interested in the meditative qualities of hooks, lines and sinkers; I want to know how SUP can benefit runners. It’s time to grab a paddle, don a lifejacket and get out on the water.

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Search the Internet and there are a million and one quotes about running. But none ring truer than the great Juma Ikangaa, winner of the 1989 New York Marathon, who said: “ e will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” As runners, we know the importance of training. And yet very few of us ever get it right. Too much here, too little there, not quick enough, not slow enough, not enough hills, too many hills – the list is endless. And confusing. At Men’s Running, we’ve always focused on bringing you great training advice from people who really know what they’re talking about. Whether it’s preparing for a marathon, sharpening up over 5K or adding variety in to your programme, we’ve brought you the best advice from some of the best coaches. So we thought what better way to celebrate than creating this unique training special, packed full of hints, tips, advice and motivation to take your running to the next level – whatever that might be. We hope there’s something here for everybody. And remember, fail to prepare, prepare to fail. We’re not quite sure who said that, but somehow it seems like good advice!