Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Nike: Invest in Your Health

May 25, 2010 by Coach Jay

This series of tips focuses on common mistakes experienced runners make in their training. Beginning runners can also learn from these tips, since most running errors — whether committed by beginners or experienced runners — are simple to correct once you understand the problem.

Running is simple. Get a pair of shoes, a watch, a pair of shorts, and a shirt. That's it. No balls, clubs, skis, boats, ropes, bikes, etc. necessary; you can enjoy the sport anywhere, even when traveling. For the experienced runner the equipment list may grow a bit, for example several pairs of shoes (one pair for easy days, another for harder workouts, and a pair for racing), but for the most part the gear is the same for the novice as for the experienced runner.

But experienced runners run more miles faster and more often, which takes a different toll on the body than the novice runner's routine. Because experienced runners often have something bothering them every day — an IT band, a sore hamstring, a tight Achilles — I highly recommend that they budget time each month for "body maintenance" work. Chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and physical therapists can all be of great benefit to runners who want to run high mileage and race seriously. Is it easy to find the right professional to keep your body symmetrical, as well as help you deal with small knocks before they become debilitating injuries? No, but it's worth the monetary investment to go to several people before your find the person that's best for you. Plus, you may find that one specialist can help you maintain while you go to another practitioner for the nagging Achilles or IT-band issue.

The bottom line is that serious runners need to make a serious investment in their training and racing by seeing health practitioners who can help them stay healthy and perform at their best.

*Coach Jay’s advice is provided as general training information. Use at your own risk. Always consult with your own heath care provider for questions relating to your specific training and nutrition.

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