This is what I often hear from clients who want to start training. Yes, I do hear nervousness about other sports, but running seems to be where beginners struggle the most. The struggle often is not with the act of running (heck – we’ve all been doing that since our second year of life), but with the concept of ‘becoming a runner’.
The best way to get started is slowly. In the beginning, it’s not about how far you can run. It’s about how you run.
First, I do a physical assessment of movement patterns associated with proper running form. Muscle imbalances, stability and mobility issues and inability to activate important muscles drive poor running technique, which can lead to injury. So this is an important first step to identify the right corrective exercises to be done along with the training plan, addressing structural or movement pattern issues.
But if you’re not working with a coach, there are a few things you can do on your own to get started. Whether you’re an experienced athlete or a newbie, starting from the beginning by building a strong foundation is important for both longevity and success in the sport. [Read more…] about Becoming a Runner: Getting Started & Tips for Beginner Runners