I'm not built like a runner. I have a strong base, but I'm on the beefy side. My torso is large and bulky. I'm a little overweight. I'm basically the opposite of a gazelle.
But I have non-physical qualities that make me well suited for running, I'm stubborn. When I start something I have to finish it. I value efficiency. I like measured progress. The mental aspects of my running abilities help me get off of the couch and onto the road.
Running is about a lot more than just running. By the time you lace up your shoes, you're 90% of the way there.
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To get better you have to get out and log miles. But there's much more to becoming a better runner than simply logging miles. Here are a few of the small things you can do to become a better runner.
No additional mileage is required.
What is it?Ok, so it's not exactly a workout, but it's important! Even if your running biomechanics and form are perfect, you're inevitably going to find some areas that get tight or unhappy. If you don't already own a foam roller, get one. Using a foam roller on a regular basis is a great way to improve range of motion and expedite recovery. In short, use a foam roller for just a few minutes after every run and you'll be a better runner without logging a mile.
How to execute it:
Why you should do it? Foam rolling helps runners increase range of motion and decrease recovery time after a hard workout. Though it can be uncomfortable, it is an important part of running maintenance.
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The overwhelming majority of the discomfort and pain our runners report is tied to soft tissue. Soft tissue includes muscle, tendon, ligament, and fascia. Soft tissue tightens and contracts when you run. Running also creates microtears in muscle fiber.
Left untreated, unhappy soft tissue can lead to poor performance, aggravations, and injuries. A quality sports massage is all about making soft tissue happy. If your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia are happy, you'll likely be running happy.
Additionally, a quality sports massage can help improve your range of motion. Improved range of motion means improved running economy and efficiency. So, treat yourself and get a quality sports massage.
Don't think of sports massage as a luxury or indulgence. Think of it as a 'tune up'. We pulled in the experts over at PSOAS Massage/Bodywork to break it down for us.
When you get your training plan on SportMe, you'll see all sorts of run types designed to improve different aspects of your running. These include Long Runs, Fartlek, Track, Tempo, and Target Pace, to name a few. Change things up a bit and try switching up your run types for a challenge.
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