Struan Cunningham - "As both a soldier and a dedicated endurance athlete, my body has been victim to multiple lower-limb overuse injuries. Colin has worked with enthusiasm and sound judgement to condition my body for such rigorous activity. With his advice and techniques, I have developed not only greater flexibility and posture, but he has taught me how to remain injury-free for long-term physical gain. I continue to consult with Colin, as he recommends really suitable exercises that ensure my training is innovative and that I am not causing myself undue physical stress!"
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You have to take your car to get it’s MOT every year to make sure it is roadworthy. And if it doesn’t pass the MOT you are off the road until things are fixed. This makes sense given that an un-roadworthy is more likely to crash. I mean, who wants to drive a car with no brakes?
So why would treat your body any differently if you are about to start running?
Your body needs to be roadworthy not just gym worthy and this is where most running plans fall down.
They don't make you road worthy or even point to what you need to do inorder to do this.
The running part of them is nearly the same in every case. What makes them a success or failure is if your body is up to the demands of running.
"I've been running through the pain barrier for a good 3 months"
"At the end of the run, my right hammie was really sore even to touch. Today I can't stride out properly when walking, without feeling pain. "
"After about 3 weeks rest and loads of stretching, my achilles is still slightly uncomfortable"
These are comments I’ve heard over the last couple of months and are typical of what clients say to me when they have their initial assessment.
Tight hamstrings or calves and quads plague runners and eventually lead to achy knees, tight backs and sore hips.
Why would you waste any more time resting, trying to run off or through these potential long term injuries?
Stretching and squirming around on a foam roller makes no difference and neither does being strong.
But you know this because you are strong and plus you made good use of stretching and a foam roller just as you were advised. And yet your previous attempts at running failed.
You might even have had a regular massage to help alleviate the problems.
This is like changing the tyres on your car when they are worn if the wheels are out of alignment. You are trying to deal with the symptoms not the cause.
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You’ll find out how you stack up in the most important strength, coordination and movement drills that you need to be able to do to run injury free.