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Body weight force running!!!

🏃‍♀️ This image shows the importance of our soleus muscle when running.
Soleus muscle is below the gastrocnemius & attaches to the Achilles’ tendon.

🏋️‍♀️The image shows that runners should be doing some form of heavy slow resistance training to have the muscle loading capacity associated with running.

🏃‍♀️Prior to returning running after the Christmas break reboot your running programme & start off easy. If you are thinking of taken up running & it’s been a while start off with walking as your muscles need time to build up the capacity.

🙆‍♂️Risk factors for running injury >BMI 30 running >3km in a week. Exploring walking or cycling to ⬇️ BMI prior to starting a running programme will be important.

Return to running safely!!!

🏃‍♀️Running injuries occur secondary to training errors.

✅A few training elements to consider prior to running after the Christmas🎄.

✅Build up tissue capacity for running again, if your new to running start with walking.
✅Then get an individual plan for you and log your weekly training volume.
✅Training intensity varied in your training plan. Hard runs & easy runs.
✅Recovery days are important for training.

Walking to running!!!

As seen in the image there is an ⬆️ in body weight forces between walking and running, most notably in the knee.

🤕Something to consider if you are returning from a hip, knee or Achilles’ tendon injury.
🚶‍♀️Often walking is not utilised enough in return to running rehab as a runner/athlete can be anxious to get back running.

🚶‍♀️A minimum of 30 minutes of walking per day along with your strength training can be excellent way to gradually load the tissues of the body

✅Walk before you can run
✅Run when you can walk


🧚‍♀️There are many myths that endurance runners should not conduct heavy resistance training.

🏃‍♂️When we run it applies high forces on our muscles glutes 2.8 BW forces, Quadriceps 6 BW forces, & Soleus 8 BW force

💪Tendon stiffness ⬆️ greater with heavy resistance training.

🏃‍♂️Lifting heavy weights increased running economy in endurance runners

🙌Heavy strength training can benefit a runner, target the squat, deadlift, heel raises, lunges & step ups.

Running with forefoot & rearfoot strike!

🏃‍♂️Forefoot running ⬆️ forces on the ankle and Achilles’ tendon

🏃‍♂️Rearfoot strike ⬆️ forces on the knee and patellofemoral joint

🤔When does this matter or does it matter🤔

🤕If you are having a persistent injury of your knee or Achilles or ankle you may consider altering

More important⬇️⬇️⬇️

✅Our bodies are very robust to running loads, running is safe
✅Keep running the way your running
✅Log training
✅Injury rates are no more for the forefoot or rearfoot runner (Morris et al. 2020).
✅Increase step rate by 5-10% will ⬇️ contact force

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