Easy runs aren’t always easy. We incorporate them into our running plans as a way to break up the more vigorous sessions in our training. Still, many runners avoid taking these easy days seriously by either going too fast or not running at all. Easy runs are highly strategic and have many more benefits than you may think.
ANDREW WARD PT
For many athletes, the worst thing about getting an injury is being sidelined. While it is true that an athlete needs to change their training with an injury, ‘rehab’ and ‘training’ are not two separate things. They are different points on the same training continuum. The goal of rehabilitation is to modify training appropriately to prepare an athlete to meet the baseline requirements of their sport
What is a warm-up and why is it so important? Simply put, it’s a fundamental preparation for an eventual exercise load. Just like we preheat an oven or start a cold vehicle, our bodies benefit from a gradual progressive warm-up. Wherein lies the difference is in the specificity that is tailored to each sport or type of exercise.
We aren’t born wearing sneakers. Parents often introduce footwear to children early on with the purpose of expressing style, comfort, and safety. We do this without realizing the implications of wearing shoes at such a young age. Shoes can prevent proper foot muscle development, which is crucial for overall foot health.
“I’ve got a bad back!” Low back pain is a frequent complaint and is common in runners. Sound like you? When experiencing low back pain, it’s tempting to blame it all on your “bad back,” but the cause of discomfort is not always where you feel the pain. Often, the true cause of low back pain lies in the nearby joints. This is especially true if you experience low back pain after running but not during daily life.
One of the traditional goal-setting guidelines is called “SMART goals.” Using this framework, goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. This framework is great for setting a series of specific goals that can be checked off in order; for example, “I will improve my barbell deadlift from 85 to 100 pounds by February 1st, 2020.”