Race Season

It’s nearing towards race season with a collection of running events only around the corner over spring. Whether you’re a newbie runner building up your milage or an experienced racer striving for PB’s and faster times, it’s essential that you not only get time on your feet running, but also invest some energy strengthening your body to support these physical feats. 

It’s an all too common scenario that you’re increasing your milage or your pace with no niggles or issues then just one innocuous run later you can unexpectedly experience pain and subsequent setbacks or time out of training, not a good situation! Often we have biomechanics issues running that we are completely oblivious to until we push that little bit harder and the wheels fall off. 

In an ideal world we’d have an entourage of personal coaches, physios and masseurs taking care of us, but in reality we don’t and can’t. Instead we have limited time to balance training, work, family… and just life! 

 

Injury prevention

With this in mind the most efficient way to squeeze in some strengthening work to protect, influence and optimise your biomechanics is in the warm-up or cool down. Invest just 5-10 minutes extra either side of your run to efficiently look after your body whilst you push it harder. It’s easier to get these extra exercises done when you’re in exercise mode than trying to find time elsewhere in your busy schedules.

If you want a more detailed view then a Gait Analysis session at Comfort Health might be for you!

Gait analysis evaluates and assesses an individual’s running and movement patterns in order to improve technique, enhance performance and assist in diagnosing pathologies and dysfunctions. It can also be used to select the best footwear for the runner.

 

You can book in here to have a detailed running analysis session with Dan our Physio. The Gait Analysis session included a detailed running assessment, a full Physiotherapy examination, followed by advice on how to better your running style and a bespoke exercise plan.