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Friday, November 4, 2011

New Way To Run?

Unfortunately I can't be out on my wakeboard or on the ski slope or at the beach surfing so I do spend some time running.  I used hate just running because where is the fun there?  Now I can appreciate getting outside and going for a run to blow off some steam and enjoy nature.

I am sure as anyone who has ever run consistently knows, sooner or later it seems like every runner begins develop an injury.  This is the absolute worst for me because if I get injured running and I can't ski for the winter I would be so mad!  The most recent experience for me was when I was training for a half marathon and once I started putting more and more miles on - consistent 10 mile runs and so on - I developed the dreaded IT Band problems.  It started hurting every time I ran, even just a mile, and it is one of those injuries that you really just need to rest and stop doing the motion (running) that caused it to happen.  Needless to say I had to drop out of the race.

So why am I telling you this on a board sport blog?  Well I know a lot of people into board sports are very athletic and running is one of the most basic forms of fitness.  But I also know that you want to be in top shape and condition for your sport, whether that be skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, surfing, or anything else.  This means you can NOT get injured running!

I read a very interesting article a couple days ago : The Once and Future Way to Run .  It talks about how in the time of the Indians and early tribes everyone ran every day as a means of getting around and it was common to run 50, 100 miles without any problems.  So how can they do it and yet 79% (not a typo!) of runners every year will suffer an injury.  A lot of it goes back to mechanics of running and as odd as it may sound, the super cushioned and supported shoes of today are actually causing us to RUN WRONG.  Take a look and see what you think.  It goes along with the whole barefoot running movement but I think they are actually onto something.

What do you think?  Is there a "better" way to run?  Has it helped you?