“You ain’t gonna learn what you don’t wanna know.” – Jerry Garcia
“Should I ‘sta’ or should I ‘mo’? – The Clash
Here at Pursuit Athletic Performance, we believe there is a RIGHT or optimal path to improving your running technique, and there is also a less optimal way to improve.
The right path leads to lots of smiles and continual progress. The wrong path leads to injury and frustration.
What is it? Start with these:
- Find out where you’re weak and likely to injure yourself as you build running mileage. What is your true movement quality? Are you imbalanced?
- Based on what you learn, get started immediately on building a true foundation of stability and strength so that your body is able to handle the repetitive stress inherent in running.
- Restore balance where its lacking. Do you need MORE mobility / flexibility work, OR…more stability / strength work? Who are you?
- Build your running mileage and speed smartly and progressively while you also build strength and resiliency.
- Once you’re stable and strong and balanced, refine your running technique and form with a treadmill.
Running technique work is FROSTING on the cake. The cake, is your core and hip stability and overall strength!
So if the above is the optimal path, what is the wrong path?
- Starting a progressive running program without knowing anything about your weaknesses or strengths or movement quality.
- Building your running mileage believing (mistakenly) that the key to improving is simply about running more mileage.
- Ignoring the pain that starts to develop in your hips, low back, feet or legs.
- Not only ignoring, but running through that pain.
- Listening to clueless coaches or training partners who tell you that to fix the pain, you need to change your shoes or simply run more mileage.
When you build a strong foundation, address weaknesses and fix them, and THEN progress in a smart way culminating with technique and form work, you CAN truly have your cake and eat it too! Who’s hungry?
- No pain from injury.
- No frustration as your program starts and then stops (due to injury).
- More smiles, fun, fitness, and speed!
What are you waiting for?