Our new blogger, physiotherapist Scott Mitchell, explains how to keep on track with your running resolutions for the new year.
The early stages of your program are important for getting into a routine and while fairly light in terms of running it is an opportunity to focus on conditioning exercises which prepare you for what is to come later. Conditioning work should include strength, mobility, stability and technical exercises to develop good running form.
For newbies it is important to work on developing general strength but if you have a history of injury then you should also target the areas you’ve had trouble in the past. This becomes a little more complicated so it’s important to get advice from a physiotherapist who understands running and conditioning or a conditioning coach who has experience in running and rehabilitation.
As the amount of running increases you may have less time to spend on conditioning but as much as possible try to devote some of your program to it and you will be rewarded with better movement, faster progression and reduced risk of injury.