Anyone who knows me well, knows I'm a car nut. I've always loved classics and muscle cars, and I love to go fast. So when I have the chance to draw an analogy between cars and running, how could I not speed ahead with it?
So here's the deal for today: To run faster than ever OR to finally get rid of that injury you've been nursing, you must think of your body as a spring on a car's suspension.
The optimal amount of springiness is NOT a Porsche. They're tight - firm - stiff, where you feel every bump in the road.
But, it is NOT a Cadillac either. They're soft and loose, bottoming out on every pothole.
Either scenario leaves you battling injury, recovering poorly, and running slower than you'd like!
Similarly, the answer to ANY question about flexibility, mobility, and stiffness for a runner is simply this: you want enough, but NOT TOO much.
Don't be a Caddy OR a Porsche. To be a better runner, you'll need to find the appropriate amount of springiness and balance between the two.
Happy trails and have a great weekend!
PS: do you love Yoga? The answer to that question might tell you which kind of car you are, and also where to focus your energy in order to improve.