Born to run, but…
December 19, 2012
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… did you learn to run?
Just because you have evolved to be able to do a certain movement, that in no way means you are capable of doing it safely and efficiently especially in a competition/race type setting. Humans can swim. No question. But without really learning to swim, would you jump into a lake assuming all will be well?
More than 95% of recreational distance runners today are sadly only worried about running longer and faster. Very very few runners actually take the time to learn to run better.
Do you have random niggles? Do any of your joints hurt? Do you need to ice your joint(s) multiple times a week? If yes, it is time to drop your running mileage and spend some quality time learning to run.
Any idiot can go out and start running. But do you care enough to get better at running and to continue running injury free for a long time to come? If yes, quit mindless running and start learning.
Here are some resources that will help you start off on the right foot.