Top three running tips from a sports physio

Friend of Road Runners and Sports Physio, Div is sharing her top 3 tips to tackle the rest of your running season pre Marathon!

Well done for making it this far in your training! Donning your running shoes and hitting the pavement is a huge achievement in itself. Here are my top three tips to tackle this running season!

  1. Structured Training Plan: Develop a structured training plan that gradually increases your distance and incorporates different types of runs, such as long runs, tempo runs, and speed workouts. A physiotherapist can help you create a personalised plan based on your current fitness level and event goals. This plan should include periods of rest and recovery to prevent overtraining and allow your body to adapt to the increasing demands of running.
  2. Cross-Training and Strength Training: Don't focus solely on running. Cross-training helps prevent overuse injuries and provides variety to your workouts. Additionally, include strength training exercises to build muscle strength and stability, especially in the core, hips, and legs. Strong muscles can better support your joints and improve running efficiency. FAT road runners on Thursday nights is an awesome way to incorporate other training into your week - as well as meeting a few friendly faces along the way!
  3. Listen to Your Body: Pay close attention to any signs of pain, discomfort, or fatigue during your training. If you experience persistent pain or discomfort, consult your physiotherapist! As small or as insignificant these may feel to you we’ll thank you for being proactive! There’s nothing worse than seeing a client a week before an event with a sore knee they’ve been battling with for months! Be proactive - you then can get back to hitting pavement sooner!

Get out there and have fun!