Scratch New Sur­faces

Safely switch your run­ning ter­rain with tips from pro­fes­sional ul­tra­run­ner Sage Cana­day

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

Try some new ter­rain and im­prove your run­ning form

AS RUN­NERS, we all pos­sess dif­fer­ent strengths and weak­nesses, and it might take a new run­ning ex­pe­ri­ence to push us out of our com­fort zones and help us dis­cover hid­den tal­ents. For me, it wasn’t un­til I en­tered (and won, as it hap­pens) the USA Track & Field Moun­tain Run­ning Cham­pi­onships in 2012 that I realised climb­ing up­hill could be en­joy­able – and that I was ac­tu­ally pretty good at it. What’s more, I realised that oc­ca­sion­ally chang­ing the sur­faces on which I run and the dis­tances I go forces my body to adapt in new ways that make me stronger, faster and more re­sis­tant to in­jury. That va­ri­ety of ter­rain and dis­tance can breathe fresh air into a stale rou­tine. Here’s how I make it seam­less.

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