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TAKE A SHORTCUT

T HEY SAY THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS TO IMPROVEMENT.WE DISAGREE.HERE’S OUR GUIDE TO HOW TO RUN FURTHER AND FASTER WITH HALF THE EFFORT…

RUN HACKS

HALVE YOUR TRAINING RUN

Do you always knock out the same run and get frustrated that you are not getting any faster? The trick could be as simple as cutting the length of your run in half. “Try some fartlek sessions, which means increasing your pace for parts of your run, such as running fast between lampposts, and then taking a few minutes to recover,” explains Tara Shanahan, a run coach for the online women’s running community girlsruntheworld.co.uk. “By challenging yourself out of your comfort zone, it forces your body to adapt so you get fitter and faster.” You could also vary your routes to include some hilly and off-road runs which will all force your body to work harder and make you fitter.

Try shorter, faster sessions to improve your speed
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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.