Two out of every three runners have to deal with some sort of orthopedic problems during the course of a year. This number is alarming, and is due in large part to the fact that running as a sport is underestimated in its complexity. We typically care only about how many miles we run and at what rate we run those miles.
Anyone who plays golf, dances or swims, automatically focuses on his/her technique. As runners, we rarely, if ever, think about our running mechanics or technique. We feel that we learn to walk upright at the age of around 12 months, and somewhere along the line during that learning progression we figure we master the art of racing. There’s actually much more to it. Running is a complex matter that involves endurance, coordination, strength, flexibility and speed. Those who want to run quickly and avoid injuries are primarily guided by these factors. The more we invest in endurance, coordination, strength, flexibility and speed, the more stable our foundation becomes.
As runners, we are limited or constrained by the weakest of these five factors. As you plan your training calendar, you need to address a more holistic approach to training. We should be athletic and invest in endurance, coordination, strength, flexibility and speed. The goal is to enlarge your base so that your performance is rooted in a stable foundation. Exercises to help with all five of these factors can be found at running.COACH.me under “Videos” and here.