Quick and easy ses­sions for a faster time

Trail Running (UK) - - Contents - Words Jack Hart

So, you’re a run­ner – con­grat­u­la­tions on be­ing part of the great­est and friendli­est com­mu­nity on earth. Run­ners are an in­cred­i­bly so­cial bunch; just head down to your lo­cal parkrun for the proof, or see how much they raise for char­ity on an an­nual ba­sis. The thing is, though, we’re by no means the fittest. Sure, run­ning reg­u­larly will de­velop your car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem and stave off obe­sity-re­lated ill­nesses; we’re not dis­put­ing that. But real fit­ness in­volves not just your ca­pac­ity to run a marathon, but im­pres­sive core strength, healthy pos­ture and mo­bil­ity, and the men­tal where­withal to process the sit­u­a­tion in front of you. Don’t worry – this doesn’t mean set­ting your alarm even ear­lier on Satur­day morn­ing for a dou­ble train­ing ses­sion. We’ve col­lated the best tips and tricks to de­velop your fit­ness with­out dis­rupt­ing your cur­rent rou­tine. It’s about up­grad­ing your re­sponses to the sce­nar­ios you en­counter most fre­quently, be it at home, at work, or on the trails. And when those changes be­come ha­bit­ual, you will have found true fit­ness – all with­out re­ally notic­ing it.

Power up your parkrun with handy train­ing hacks

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