HOW TO RUN FASTER WITHOUT HURTING YOURSELF
Personal trainer Alan Levi (alanlevipersonaltraining.co.uk) tells us the key to getting off to a good start with running is to slow down. He says: “Gradually and progressively increase your running time and effort. To avoid injury, run on soft terrain and end it with a static stretching workout.”
Julia Buckley adds that you should have a clear goal in mind: “One of the most common mistakes I see people making is focusing only on distance. Going further does provide a fantastic sense of achievement, but pushing the body to do the same distance in a faster time can actually be more beneficial to most people’s goals.”
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