8. Running posture
This is a blog topic in itself! As a start we advise that you find a comfortable running posture that works for you. Everyone has their own unique running style but we do have a couple of tips to help you run more efficiently. Be mindful that your shoulders are not hunched over, as you will have more difficulty breathing and this may also cause your lower back to ache. Also avoid overstriding as this increases the load on the knee joints and means your legs have to work harder as a breaking force, as well as accelerators.
9. Address previous injuries
Injuries can leave you with a weakness which makes that body area more vulnerable to further injury or may cause a biomechanical imbalance. It is important you address this before increasing your training. Your Physiotherapist can guide and support you with this.
10. Listen to your body
This is something we are not always good at. If you feel tired or have a cold, do an easy run or have a rest day. Running when you are feeling physically below par, for any reason, can lead to inefficient running form and you are therefore more vulnerable to injury.
Also, don’t keep running through those niggles as this is your body telling you that you may need to ease off a little. Don’t let a niggle develop into an injury so seek advice from your Physiotherapist.
One run can change your day, many runs can change your life!