“Whether running outside or indoors it is important to maintain running technique.”
There is an ‘ART’ to running… whether your choice is to join on-line running clubs, Treadmill classes online i.e. Peloton, or Relay’s made virtual, the pandemic has encouraged us to re-invent our usual ways of running.
Here at Ashbourne & Hilton Physiotherapy Centres, we are able to offer assessments and gait analysis advice. Having a treadmill available at our Ashbourne clinic, we are able to see immediately the biomechanics of the patients movement, foot strike, running posture and orthotic advice.
Being a keen runner, our physiotherapist Elizabeth Griggs came across a highly recommended read…
‘The Lost Art of Running’ by Shane Benzie
“LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO READ TO INSPIRE YOU into RUNNING THIS SPRING?”
Shane Benzie is a running form coach who describes himself as a student of human movement. As a Physiotherapist this had me hooked from the very beginning, but this book would be a great read for anyone with an interest in running! In his book ‘The Lost Art of Running’ he tells of his travels around the world visiting Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal and the Amazon Jungle following and studying some of the world’s best athletes in a mission to learn how their running looks so beautiful and effortless.He believes that running is an art that we can all learn to allow our bodies to move more freely and effortlessly harnessing its natural elasticity through our fascial system (that’s our connective tissue to you and me!) rather than simply a ‘try harder’ sport.
He asks ‘why do we have coaching in just about every other sport that we do but when it comes to running, we simply put on our trainers and go?’ There is, of course a beauty in that simplicity but unfortunately many of us are plagued with recurring injuries and frustration and sometimes despite our love of running, it can still feel like jolly hard work!
In this fascinating book, Shane introduces us to the ‘Tensegrity Model’ in which he describes how our skeleton is suspended in a complex network of elastic connective tissue. He believes that simple changes to the way in which we run, some as simple as holding our head up, enable us to harness the free elastic energy in our connective tissue and reduce the amount of work needed by our muscles, enabling us to run easier, tire less quickly and reduce our chance of injury. “Sounds good to me!!”
In his book he gives practical tips that we can all start using straight away to improve our running form and harness this elastic energy. All of his techniques are backed up with the stories of the many elite athletes and ultra runners that he has worked with, demonstrating how these simple changes have enabled them to move more efficiently and succeed in some of the world’s most outrageous and challenging ultra events!
Happy reading and Happy Running!
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