New Year, New You: 2012 Running Resolutions

Transform your training and take on a fresh running challenge in 2012

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Old You: Trains until the pain stops you

New You: Targets muscle weakness so you can keep on running

The old adage ‘no pain, no gain’ is exactly that; outdated. Admittedly when you work hard and test your body’s limits you’ll feel uncomfortable; hillwork, speed sessions and tempo runs are all prime examples. But there is a big difference between short-term effort and longer-lasting pain.

“With any niggle or twinge that lasts more than two days, get professional advice as soon as you can. The quicker you get on top of any pain, the quicker you’ll get fixed and back to running,” explains Ralph Hydes. Discover more about when to run through pain and when to listen to your body’s SOS signals.

 For most runners there’s nothing worse than sitting on the sidelines, but fortunately many problems can be prevented by targeting specific muscle weaknesses. We’ve put together the key exercises to tackle the seven most common body breakdowns and five injury-beating stretches to keep you on your feet.

 You can also follow our popular bikram yoga blog to improve your core strength, posture and running efficiency. Katherine took up yoga in the 1960s and credits it as part of the reason she has now been running for 52 years. “People thought I was a nut case but it paid off – we now know that core strength is essential for long hard running training,” she says.

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Great idea - blank canvas..... this year i have a plan to achieve 12 x 10k runs in 2012 supporting 'Parkinsons UK' .... so my vision this year is '12 in 12'  - No PB for times but an ambition to complete one per month
Posted: 10/01/2012 at 14:18

The body's centre of mass is typically somewhere in the lower abdominal area between the hips. The supporting foot touches the ground slightly ahead of the point that lies directly below the body's centre of mass. The knee joint is at its greatest extension just prior to the support phase. Thanks.



Posted: 20/05/2012 at 06:37

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