In just about every sport I can think of, coaching is part of the improvement process for the participant, yet not so often in running.
I suspect because it is so much more of an individual sport and everyone can run, can’t they?
Well, therein lies the question, there is running… And there is running. And I am not talking about who is the faster.
There does appear to be one very common thread throughout what people talk about, with regard to Running Objectives. This occurs across the spectrum of running participation, regardless of time spent running on a daily or weekly basis:
“I don’t want to be injured”.
Yet, inevitably, injuries do happen. It’s associated with movement and with being human. I’d be a rich man for every time I heard something along the lines off, “I have an injury so it must be time to get some new shoes”. There so often appears to be an anticipation that the new shoes will somehow fix things…yep, they can sometimes help, especially if the old ones are badly worn out, yet for the most part they must, I reckon, also come with a sachet of fairy dust.
This whole process of looking for items which can help once injury strikes is all to common. There is a ‘Rule of 1%’ whereby external items can aid in the process of injury prevention. An item of Compression clothing would be one such example. Tweaking an already healthy diet would be another.
The fundamental thing is this, there comes a time when we should stop looking for external answers and look at ourselves. Turn the search for solutions toward fewer injuries (prevention), upon yourself. Look inwards if you will.
We’re right back to the fundamental requirements that make you a ‘better you’ and a runner less likely to suffer an injury. For example, if you are looking to reduce the risk of landing flat on your back whilst out running, take a look at your own off road technique and have that checked. Agreed, a grippy pair of fell shoes will help, but they are not the whole of the answer.
Core stability, running technique and general strength for running are all key things that each and everyone one of us should be doing something about on a regular/ongoing basis. They form part of the fundamentals and indeed, the foundation for all types of running. So too does planning your training effectively, taking time to think about what you need to do in order to make you a more resilient runner. In doing so, you may just find it easier to run further or faster.
We will at some point injure (ourselves) and we are always keen to ‘get back out there’ so we go see a physio. Some would argue money well spent – others would argue our time could have been spent more wisely in getting the fundamentals of our running sorted, ahead of time. Prevention being better than cure.
It often does come back to taking the time to speak with a good running coach. Not just someone newly qualified, someone with experience and know-how to join the dots. The fundamentals of running are so important and can prevent so much, enhancing our own running even more.
Good planning, strength, stability and good technique. These are things you can do something about.
The Accelerate Performance Center offers 1 to 1 coaching for running plus strength and stability coupled with running technique. Alternatively we can help with your run technique at Thursday morning’s WoodRun or the Accelerate Your Speed session that same evening.
Strength and stability group sessions are also available. They take place on Monday evenings (Hillsborough) and Friday mornings (above the store).
Just get in touch to find out more.
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