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How to become a better runner, without running?

Running isn't about simply pounding the pavements and getting a new PB. It goes much deeper than that. Check out our tips below for how to improve your running skills without needing to put those running shoes on.

Strength training your full body

Think about how your running can affect your whole body; it’s well worth considering how you can train your body with a head-to-toe workout, which in turn can support you with stronger runs. Training both your upper and lower body will be able to help push you further during your running training. We love exercising core muscles to complement our running training, with excercises such as planks, lunges and more.

Hydration on and off your runs

It goes without saying you’re probably already drinking heaps of water when you’re out there on the running track or treadmill. But don’t forget that you need to stay hydrated on and off the trails. Keeping a water bottle handy on you at all times is a good way to make sure you’re always refreshed – especially if you do an ad-hoc run during your lunch hour.

Stretching and recovery

A good recovery session can be just as impactful as the run itself. Make sure you try and make time for a decent recovery session. Our range of HOKA Ora slides feel amazing on the feet after a long run.

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Sleep is also a key component when it comes to recovery so make sure you try and maximise on your 8 hours – with some of the following ideas:

  • Turning off screens before bed
  • Taking a hot bath or shower to help you relax
  • Meditation or stretching

Off-duty counts too

If you’re training for a long-distance run, taking time off and days off from training is just as important as the days when you're running.

Ensuring you have regular breaks and downtime between runs can help avoid unwanted injuries and also means you can dedicate time to other activities such as yoga or even just relaxing and streaming your latest favourite show.

Take the time to relax and rejuvenate between runs to help you physically and mentally prepare for the next one.

Plan your runs in advance and prepare for anything 

Naturally having a fixed plan in place before you set off can help to alleviate stress and keep you more focused on your run. Our blog on curating a running route is especially handy to get you into the mindset of forward planning.

Not just about routes, but plan accordingly for the right kind of weather too. Whether you’re running in summer, a warmer climate or it’s just lashing it down outside – plan as much as you can to get the most out of your time outside.
How to become a better runner, without running?
Posted on 17-05-2024
By TheAtheletesFoot
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