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Majell Backhausen is an Endurance Coach and Elite Athlete for Salomon, Suunto and Compressport, and an an advocate for simplicity, patience and longevity in the sport of trail running and outdoor pursuits. He has coached such names as Martina Valmassoi, Alexis Berg, Dinesh Tamang, and Don Channon.
If you're training for a race or taking on a physical challenge, you need to improve your fitness through consistent, well structured and healthy training methods. But once you've done all you can to increase your fitness, consider these tips to get better at running and reach new goals.
The following running tips are broken up into three sections.
1. The Change. This is the step you have to make to get better at running. It will often highlight a difference between your current routine or practice. We often have negative or unhelpful practices or thought-processes without realising it. The Change is a glass of water to the face to show you where you need to step up.
2. The Reason. Knowing why is just as important as making the change. It can't just be 'to get better at running'. The why has to be specific to the change you make and will drive your motivation in the longterm.
3. The Caution. Just as in any sport, such as swimming or golf, there is a multitude of changes you can make that will potentially improve your running. The key is not to take on too many at once and to take things slowly. Baby steps now will have you making giant leaps in your running style later.
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