I know what you’re thinking: not another blog on running; telling me to stretch, do some cross-training, and buy new shoes. Well this one is different… maybe not completely, but we are going to package it in a sweet doughnut with frosting and sprinkles so it goes down easy.
My name is Yves, I am a physical therapist, and I truly love running. I enjoy just going outside, no equipment needed, and running a mile, or two, or more. I have traveled through a lot of fitness arenas and love most of them. Currently, doing Crossfit, especially the olympic lifting, is my new challenge. Running in some form has always been a part of my workout regimen. I’ve completed a few 1/2 marathons, some 5Ks, 10Ks, and I ran one marathon, “Flying Pigs,” in Cincinnati (there were a lot of hills!)
The main thing we want to learn today (and it’s a universal principle no matter what the sport or activity) is that you need to master the basics first, simplify everything, and focus on taking care of your body. Don’t focus on your mileage for the week, the calories you burned, or your split time. These things CAN motivate us in a positive way but should not be at the forefront of our thinking. And….shhhh……here’s the secret, when you do the basics, your performance improves, your mileage increases, and pain seems to disappear!
That’s what you should be asking yourself daily. Everything should revolve around that. Your movement matters not just while running, but in your daily life. I’m going to give you the most time efficient, effective program that my PT brain can dish out, so you can run healthy and run forever.
Most of the things that we see or read about today are sexy headlines… Heel Strike – Bad! … Minimalist Shoes – Good! …Russian Cross Splitting Squats – Kinda Good! These things are meant to get the reader’s attention and the solutions typically doesn’t have noticeable long lasting benefits for the everyday athlete. You need to master the basics (nutrition, sleep/recovery, injury prevention, cross training) and then layer on the “sexy” stuff on the end (if you even need it by then). Want to get info on the basics along with a full rehabilitative and performance exercise prescription program? Sign up here for our free 18-day runner’s challenge here.
The email challenge will give you some of my favorite exercises I use everyday in the clinic. It will also give you some great information on keeping your engine running at high speeds, and to know when the check engine light is on. I kept the challenge short and sweet…like a donut! If you are looking for more information and want to go down the rabbit hole with me give us a call to schedule an appointment.