A hop a day keeps inefficiency at bay 📈

It’s Friday again Reader 😮‍💨

I hope you’re doing well. If you’re struggling to get going with your running, I’m working on something for you.

All details will be revealed in due time, but it is a cohort-based online training group. You and a select few other runners will get a personalised 12 week program to make running stick. In a private community, you’ll form bonds as you share your ups and downs — and I will of course guide you every step of the way.

If this sounds interesting, you can click this link to register your interest and be the first to know when enrollment opens. The number of spots will be severely limited, so don’t wait too long.

Now, let’s move on to this week’s content.

💪 The Quest for a Simpler Way to Boost Running Efficiency

“As someone who has experimented on and off with various forms of plyometric training over several decades, let me venture a hypothesis: it’s perceived as too complicated, and possibly risky, for most of us. Plyometrics involve explosive movements in which you try to maximize the force produced in the shortest possible time.”

Looking to supercharge your runs without the cost of high-tech shoes? Alex Hutchinson suggests a game-changing yet simple solution: daily hopping. This easy exercise improved running economy by 2 to 4 percent in a recent study. So remember: a hop a day keeps inefficiency at bay!

› Learn how plyometrics can make you a better runner

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6️⃣ ⭐️ Joost’s 6th Star and Age Group Win at the London Marathon

“And with that, a project of mine sort of came to an end. I say sort of, because for the most part, I did better than I set out to do at the start of 2018. However, there is that nagging feeling I need to try and go back to the one race that didn’t go as well as intended.”

Inspiration coming your way! Meet Joost de Raeymaeker, a 56-year-old marathon marvel. Powered by dedication, smart training including plyometrics, and a weekly running mileage hitting the 120 mark, he’s setting the pace for late-life success in running. Get ready to be amazed by his journey.

› Read Joost’s amazing story

️🗺️ Adventure is where you find it

“Adventure running needs no definition and, unless you are going for a fastest known time, it has no rules. In a world suffocating under the weight of rules and regulations, and the incessant need to define, label and redefine everything, this realm of running feels increasingly sacred. It is whatever and wherever you want it to be.”

Runners tend to be straight forward. We like routine, rules, and regulations. Sometimes to our own detriment. In this piece, Jeff Kozak argues that we should be less caught up in fixed distances and time goals. Instead, he proposes that we open our eyes and run the adventures close by — because they are waiting for us as soon as we step out the door.

› Get inspiration for your next adventure

😂 Just for Laughs

Florida Stanley is happy to go for a run. Florida Stanley is who you want in your Florida Running Club.

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August 1, 2023