How to Improve Your Running Technique

I’ve signed up for this April’s London Marathon and the phrase “failing to prepare is preparing to fail” comes to mind. No other sporting event (aside from, say, a Himalayan Iron Man) will expose a lack of sufficient preparation like it.

Aside from fitness, one of the keys to running a successful 26 miles is footwear. So I took myself down to the Asics Running Lab on London’s Oxford Street for a full running ability assessment — and to get myself a new pair of kicks.

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First, the Asics experts check your gait (how your feet strike the ground as you run) by taking a 360º laser image of both feet. Next, they measure your fat, muscle mass, visceral fat (the stuff around your internal organs), flexibility and finally leg strength — to determine any predispositions to injuries and areas that need strengthening.

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Finally, there’s an aerobic fitness assessment. Linked to a mask (think Batman baddie Bane) that measures oxygen consumption and a heart rate monitor, I had to run to exhaustion.

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After assessing my running form, the brand’s resident sports scientist compiled a fully comprehensive report and a personalised 16-week training programme — which is currently taking it out of me.

A snip at £200, I’d recommend this service even if you’re not taking on a marathon: it’s amazing the amount of damage you can do to your body just jogging on the treadmill in the wrong trainers.

Trust me, I’ve had shin splints, and they aren’t pretty.

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