08 Jan '18, 1pm

Why all runners should try racing cross country:

Why all runners should try racing cross country:

Everyone from Mo Farah to Paula Radcliffe cut their teeth on the cross-country circuit, and as is clear from their success, embracing the mud can have great crossover gains for road running. Here are three reasons why it pays to get down and dirty at any time of year. In winter you’ll be cold, wet and muddy, but that’s part of the fun. GET TOUGH No doubt about it, cross- country is hard on the body – and that’s why it works. ‘Running cross- country not only builds your physical strength but also your mental strength,’ says Tom Craggs, running coach with Running With Us (runningwithus.com ). ‘It teaches you how much pain you can tolerate – often, that’s a lot more than you think.’ BOOST YOUR VO2 Short in duration but heavy in effort, a cross-country run is similar to a VO2 max session. These sessions – designed to improve the rate at which your body can transport oxygen to ...

Full article: https://www.runnersworld.co.uk/training/why-all-runners-s...

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