It breaks my heart when I keep hearing runners talk about their chronic issues.
Actually, it really P***es me OFF!
Most of these injuries could have been avoided!
Some of the most overlooked and almost never mentioned reasons why injuries occur in runners is the fact that the majority of runners ignore the necessity to build a proper "foundation for fitness" before they decide to run, and to add insult to injury, many do not give their body a proper warm up and inventory before they begin a run.
I see many runners, once they have been injured, whose injuries could have been avoided 99% of the time.
There is no reason why anyone who runs slower than an 8 minute mile should get injured as long as they have a functionally trained, balanced body.
I encourage runners of all levels to invest 1/3 of their training time to conditioning a balanced and functional body, which means a body that is as strong as it is flexible, whose core has been trained sports specifically (that means standing core work. You don’t run on your back so why would you do your core work while on your back?), and feet that have been conditioned to endure what you will be dishing out to them; another 1/3 to recovery, which includes rest, massage, and inventory, and of course, the other 1/3 to your runs.
Read "Your Feet are Your Foundation" on the importance of "investing in your feet before you invest in your next pair of running shoes".
Stay Tuned for more information on great exercises for conditioning your feet and ankles, and for "WARM UP! How You Do It, When You Do It, is as Important as Your Workout."
Go for the Intensity. Avoid the Injury!
Professional Dancer Turned Reluctant Runner…
Your Feet are Your Foundation
Taking it Slow Before You Go-The Benefits of a Slow and Considerate Warm Up
Our bodies respond to how we treat them or neglect them
FOCUS = INTENSITY = RESULTS
SMR (Foam Rolling) Class
Wishing You a Happy, Healthy, and Injury-Free Day!
-Melissa Adylia Gutierrez
Controlled Burn Fitness