Ctrl-Alt-DeleteJanuary 24, 2012
You may have logged off and shut down your fitness program over the silly season but it’s time to reboot!
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Running sessions continuously carried out at a consistent pace and length tend to create injuries by tightening hip flexors and calves which is responsible for the majority of all lower limb overuse injuries including; shin splits; Achilles tendon; trochanteric bursitis; the list goes on. This can also put pressure on the lower back. For these reasons, it is important to break the repetition with some interval running.
Interval running simply involves running at a faster pace for shorter distance (200 metres to 2 kilometres), taking a short break and then repeating multiple times.
This intermittent running approach forces the body to further use the gluts, hamstrings and abductors and in turn, balances out the force on the leg muscles. Incorporating some hilly trail runs into your running program will also strengthen the legs in a more balanced way.
If this train of thought throws your standard jogging routine consider joining a running club. Pat Carroll runs a group on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from South Bank. For more info see www.patcarroll.com.au.
Boot camps and park training are great ways to reignite your fitness program in the New Year as they provide strong motivation and push you to your limits. For those who are not completely physically sound however, such programs are not suitable as any injured areas will be the first to give under the intense pressure of a session.
Best of luck with your 2012 training program and I hope your operating system runs smoothly and does not require a Ctrl-Alt-Del forced shutdown.