O ver the past year — perhaps because of stress, boredom, and a need to get a break from video meetings and homeschooled children — an estimated 7 million people in the UK have been running. Sportswear stores have reported a leap in sales of running gear, and downloads of the popular Couch to 5K app almost doubled.
For the able-bodied among us, running has become a new way of life. But now, after many months — and with distractions creeping in as lockdown restrictions lift — how can you ensure your running regime sticks? Here is some expert advice to keep you moving.
You are probably running the same one or two routes from your door. Even better, try out new routes. As an athlete, her running has mostly been on athletics tracks, so you could try that for novelty. Before the pandemic, Andy Baddeley, who represented Great Britain in the m in the Olympics and is CEO of the Running Channel , would drive, cycle or get the train to somewhere new and run a loop there or run home. Same route, different pace.
For some people, interval training can feel a bit prescriptive. This could be anything from a time or distance you want to achieve, to signing up for a charity race or half-marathon or more. When Dixon was competing, she found having a coach and a structured training plan was key — it kept her accountable, her goals in mind, and helped her see her progress.
There are clubs all over the country for every level British Athletics is a good starting point, but Facebook can be useful in finding local groups. When Dixon was competing, being part of a club was vital, she says. How to use a word that literally drives some pe The awkward case of 'his or her'. How well have you been paying attention this month? Test your vocabulary with our question quiz!
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