Statistics say that nearly 7 out of 10 runners will be injured at some point during 2014.
7 out of 10.
That’s an unbelievably scary statistic, don’t you think?
Why in the world does this happen? What is wrong that so many get injured from something that is supposed to lift fitness? What can YOU do to avoid injury? And why does it really matter?
Let me answer the last question, first…
If you are injured or less than 100% physically ready, then you can’t train. That means you can’t do those workouts that you love, that you KNOW will make you faster. It’s obvious what you’re missing: durability. By not being durable, and, therefore, unable to train, has a HUGE negative impact on your ability to improve.
Why are so many injured?
The answer lies in two basic facts:
1. Running is a terrible way to GET FIT. Yes, read that again–it’s a terrible way to get fit!
In truth, you need to GET FIT BEFORE you embark on a running program. Most runners aren’t ready to run, because their physical framework isn’t ready to absorb the stress inherent maintaining 1500 1-leg squat jumps (what a mile of running is!). I’ll have more to say about this in an upcoming podcast: Running is a terrible way to get fit.
2. When injury strikes, runners allow their pride get in the way of honoring their body, and refuse to take responsibility for their total, holistic health.
Runners run through pain thinking it is something they should take “pride” in, that shows how “tough” they are. In truth, running through injury is misguided, self destructive, and just plain dumb!!!
Isn’t it time we ALL measured our toughness by honoring our body, showing how mentally “tough” we are by doing what is best for us, and how physically tough we are by getting FIT, first?
Folks, if you’re nursing injury now or in the future, stop feeling sorry for yourself and TAKE OWNERSHIP of your running destiny. You do have a choice. You can do it the right way. You CAN be AS stable, and mobile, and FIT, and strong, and fast, as you see yourself in your mind’s eye, during those moments when you CAN see the best that is inside of you!
How do you get there? Start with a functional movement screen and gait analysis with us or with another reputable provider. Then do the WORK! Take the follow-up training you are provided on the basis of that analysis and DO IT to fix your compensations and dysfunction once and for all. Get functionally strong, stable, mobile and flexible. Heal yourself COMPLETELY, and get off the endless cycle of injury. It can be done. But…
It will only happen if you own it, take responsibility for it, and do what is in your long term best interest! You, and your body, deserve it.
Helping YOU Be Great!