Running: The most brutal sport in the world
More brutal than rugby? Absolutely! Elite rugby players train up to 10 times each week - to improve strength, power, agility, mobility, speed, technique, skills, patterns - all with the intention of making them a better rugby player. But underpinning all of this training is one important factor, efficiency!
Any skill-set or training method is futile without efficiency. Efficiency decreases muscle and joint fatigue, which not only improves performance but also decreases the risk of injury. So all of this training, when performed efficiently, makes an elite level rugby player less likely to get injured.
Now, to running: Who teaches people to run? Who implements drills into their running? Running is considered a birthright; we should not have to be taught to run. This is both right and wrong. It is right in that most 2 to 5 year olds run with better technique than most adults - they never heel strike! But from the time we become slaves to unnatural, big, chunky, heel-raised shoes (causing Western World Foot Disease* - a topic for another time), and victims of Sitting Degenerate Syndrome* (think chronically short hip flexors, hamstrings, atrocious trunk stability, etc.), the likelihood of running efficiently is almost non-existent.
Most runners make a conscious decision that they want to run. Or, they want to lose weight and therefore need to run. Whatever the reason for taking up running, at this point most will put on their running shoes and run! Inevitably, many will be struck down with common running injuries such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or achilles tendonitis, to name a few. At this point some runners purchase more expensive, equally clumpy shoes to try to fix the problem. Other runners book in with their physiotherapist, podiatrist, osteopath, or doctor, to find out what hideously painful running disease they have being struck down with.
But what if you actually learned to run with good technique?
Running puts up to 5 times your body-weight in force through your feet. When performed with poor efficiency this is a recipe for disaster!
For many years I thought it was too hard to reinvent the wheel for a lot of runners and went along my merry way treating and alleviating their running injuries. Now, after 10 years treating these running diseases it is time to reinvent the wheel. It is time to stop letting pain dictate when we need help.
It is time to learn how to run; to do drills to improve your technique; exercises to improve your stability, strength and position; and ultimately, run better and safer through efficiency!
Book in with Tim Bransdon for one on one running coaching/education.
* Western World Foot Disease and Sitting Degenerate Syndrome are slang phrases used by Tim to describe adaptations we have succumbed to in our man made world.
Running Lab Program:
The Running Lab course will consist of 4 initial sessions. The first session will be 1 hour long whilst all subsequent sessions will be 40 minutes. The 4 sessions will be staggered over a 6 to 8 week period, allowing enough time between sessions to implement the prescribed mobility and technique drills.
This period is not a time to be aiming to set world record times whilst running. It is a classic case of stripping back to go leaps and bounds ahead.
Who is it for:
The Running Lab is not an elite running program. It is designed for runners of all abilities. Anybody can, and should, aim to run better and safer.
What to bring:
- a 5 to 10 second video of you running...fatigued; arrange for someone to record a small snippet mid-way through a typical run; a video of you running when fresh will not tell the full story; use your phone, i-pad or any digital recording device
- gym towel
- water bottle
- skipping rope
What to wear:
- running attire
Required mobility tools:
- trigger point ball (firm, hard rubber ball or similar) - sold at the clinic
- foam or trigger point roller - sold at the clinic
To maximise your benefit from Running Lab sessions, please do not show up injured. The sessions are physical and, yes, you will work up a sweat. If you are injured, see Tim for assessment and treatment before starting, or moving forward, with the Running Lab course.