How to train your body and mind to de­velop your stride

Train body and mind for a greater stride

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

WE MAY not all be blessed with a stride of Mo Farah-like pro­por­tions but we could all fly a lit­tle fur­ther with each step by im­prov­ing our propul­sion, through bet­ter hip and an­kle ex­ten­sion. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to lead­ing phys­io­ther­a­pist Ali­son Rose, it isn’t just a mat­ter of work­ing on your glute and calf strength: tim­ing also mat­ters.

‘Build­ing strength has lim­ited value if you can’t then ap­ply it within your run­ning gait,’ she ex­plains. ‘Train­ing your brain to link the two ac­tions to­gether im­proves stride ef­fi­ciency by re­duc­ing the amount of en­ergy lost on each foot strike and cut­ting ground-con­tact time, al­low­ing you to make the most of groundreac­tion forces.’

The drill be­low ( Mak­ing Strides) helps your brain cou­ple hip and an­kle ex­ten­sion in a run­ning-spe­cific way. ‘It’s a per­fect drill to do be­fore a run,’ says Rose.

STRIDE AND TRUSTED Mo Farah ad­justed his stride and has had rea­son­able suc­cess

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