My Five Star Line-Up to Better Running (FIVE Part Series)
I am very competitive by nature, especially when it comes to sport. I had to be the best I could be so that the team could win. In training, I would make sure I was the fastest, most vocal, could jump the highest (or farthest in the long/triple jumps), score or assist the most goals/points, and so on.
You get the picture...
When it came to running, I was no different. Each run had to be faster than the last. That was because I used to think that there was just one type of run. Just lace up, head out the door and run the streets (or treadmill). My genuine belief back then was that over time, you naturally got faster as your body acclimatized to running, and thus having more stamina and more power, which to me would result in faster times. Like a snowball rolling down a hill, I would grow as a runner with each run to become faster and run farther.
This mentality is very dangerous, and I have quit running a number of times because of it.
You’ve been there before haven’t you?
Frustration because you can’t train the way you want to, with injuries and niggles limiting your ability to train consistently. It feels like your body can’t do what you want it to be able to do, no matter how much your mind is willing it on.
Injuries can be the biggest frustration because ultimately it’s taking away your ability to do what you want to do. It limits your freedom and takes away the joy of running and the feeling of vitality it provides.
In this article I’m going to help solve your problems with a list of 6 simple steps you can take to begin building the habits that will reduce the risk of injury as a runner.
If there is anything running has taught me in my years, is that a lot of the time backwards convention works.
Some of the concepts, theories, ideas, tips and tricks of running that I’ve picked up initially left me confused.
One of those concepts is that slowing down can actually help you go faster. Let me explain…
In 2017 when I start taking running seriously, I couldn’t run very far before stopping, either to walk off a stitch, bring my heart rate down, or to bring my breathing under control. It was a common case of being seriously … unift. For someone who grew up as a competitor (be it athletics, football, basketball, or really anything I tried), I was often left frustrated at not being able to run more than a couple minutes without stopping. I could play back to back competitive games of football or basketball in my high school years, and that sadly raised my expectations of myself.