I suggested hillwork
: Walking up and down inclines, eventually graduating to figure eights, can help build muscles to compensate for weakness elsewhere.
I know the likes of Leeds Rhinos have been having to travel to Shibden Hall and Wakefield to do their hillwork
The traditional way to build power is hillwork
. This is because the added stress on calves, feet, and Achilles tendons that runners feel when running uphill is the same stress they feel when propelling themselves quickly over flat ground.
Speaking from the Shropshire hills, where he's been training, Jez said "I'm doing lots of hillwork
at the moment, because there's a massive amount of climbing involved.
He added: "I've been doing a bit of hillwork
to prepare me for the toughest stage of the race and I think if we don't get any injuries we should be quite competitive."
He also has a weekly session with his coach, doing speed training and hillwork
on the streets near his Ilford home.
I currently run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, mixing up easy runs with hillwork
and speedwork My long run is on Saturday with up to five miles.