Top Tips from RTG | Marathon Training & Running
RTG Professional Trainer Eva has put together her top running tips for all your brave marathon runners/anybody feeling inspired and wanting to dust off their running trainers this spring.
It’s all about finding the perfect stride!
Good running technique = Best way to prepare for a marathon
1/ The right running technique can really help you go the distance and may be the difference between finishing your goal and coming up short.
Perfect Stride: Not too short, not too long, but just right. Short, choppy strides waste energy and cover less distance, an over-reaching stride will fatigue your muscles more quickly.
Find your perfect stride length by focusing on your arm drive.
Here is how: Run at 70% of your maximum speed with your arms bent at a 90 degree angle, driving them back and forth to a full range of motion. Play around and over-reach your arms and watch your stride length increase, limit your driving range and your stride shortens (use this to find your own comfortable stride).
2/ Spend time getting the perfect shoe for your foot…it’s worth the investment.
Once you’ve found your perfect pair of running shoes don’t forget the importance of selecting the right socks. Double layered socks are a must have item for professional runners. They really work in helping to prevent the dreaded BLISTERS.
3/ The best way to become more efficient and stronger at running is to practise running; it shouldn’t be the only thing to do while training for a race. Cross train at least 2 days a week with low impact workouts.
This will improve your overall fitness level and give your bones and joints a rest from all the miles. Swimming, Cycling, Pilates, Yoga and Weight Training are all great options for cross-training workouts.
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