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In this episode you’ll learn how to avoid running injuries.
- What you should be thinking about while running.
- Who you need on your running team.
- What other activities are the most important to your success.
- Where to get your running technique knowledge.
- And much, much more.
Running is natural, so why does it hurt…
Running is a natural form of moving the human body faster than our normal walking pace, but do you ever wonder why so many people have trouble running, or injure themselves from running?
What I’ve done
Having run over 10 ultra marathons, competing 2 Ironman’s, and pretty much weekly 10+ mile runs, oh and the education that I have… I would say that I have learned a thing or two about running and how to avid running injuries.
Running the trails of Cinque Terre
As we run down the steep rocky trails in the Cinque Terre’s past numerous people who scramble out of the way, and give us astonished looks of amazement I wonder why people have so much trouble with running.
Running is natural, but you might have to learn how
The vast majority of us run beautifully when we are children, but our modern lifestyle quickly helps us unlearn that.
But, even if you have always had trouble with running, that doesn’t mean it’s not for you. Don’t worry.
Even the best of us need to work at running better to help avoid running injuries.
Why do you think you should know how to run?
Most of the people that I work with tell me that they can’t run, or have trouble with running. And when I ask what kind of running coaching or training they’ve had… they ALWAYS answer, none. And look clueless!
Here’s what you should focus on to avoid injuries
1. Work on running technique first! I like the POSE running method, but any running form that focused on proper biomechanics is cool.
2. Use strength training to make sure you don’t have muscular imbalances. You NEED to have all of your muscles firing as well as they possibly can. I’d recommend at least 3 days a week of full body strength training or CrossFit style workouts.
3. If you feel something strange when running… see if you can figure out why it’s happening. Most people feel overuse injuries starting, but they keep pounding the same way. Try changing your stride, foot placement, tempo, structure, muscle activation, etc.
4. Stretch/smash and down regulate after running/training. It’s more effective to stretch your body after training than before. So, take this post running time to stretch (or smash/roll out) the muscle that you feel are tight after each run.
5. Get off of the pavement/treadmill whenever possible, and run trails. The road is about the hardest, most repetitive thing you can do to your body. Start with easy trails, and move to more technical trails as you gain confidence and experience. The trails will naturally change the muscle groups that you’re using and keep your muscles, joints, and connective tissues healthy due to the varied movement patterns.
6. Find a great sports PT and chiropractor – and go to them BEFORE you get hurt!!!! Make sure all of your professionals do the same sports that you do!!!!
7. You still might get injured. This could be a total fluke, extra stress at work/life, a genetic thing, or who knows what else. But if you have fun running, just take it in stride, recover, and never stop!!!
These are all very simple things that you can do to avoid running injuries, and keep running for your whole life! If you have any questions I’m here to answer them.
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