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Friday, April 9, 2010

Running: Develop A Base when starting running

Running is one of the safest activities out there. Running seems natural for the human body and can be done relatively safely. Many athletes need great shoes and orthotics, especially if their mechanics are somewhat off, but the average runner can actually run a marathon. This implies good training, but the human body seems to withstand the stresses of marathon training (a truly incredible task) with relative ease. There is really no other feat this impressive that thousands upon thousands of athletes accomplish each year.

But the first year of running is what separates the men from the boys, the women from the girls. In my 30 years of practice, I have found that the first year of running is the crucial survival year. Getting through this first year with its ups and downs, injuries, and discomforts, is very challenging. It is in itself a huge accomplishment. Learning about training, proper shoe selection, pace, what pains to ignore or take seriously, is all part of developing a BASE. Developing a stable base is one of the most important keys to a long running career.

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