5 Myths of running training
(in my opinion, I shall dig out the research I read very shortly!) –
1. It is about footwear
Increased proprioception, correct cushioning, orthotics etc etc all being thrown out as things to assess when you are trying to improve a clients ability to run. However the reality is that the problem will more likely be outside of the shoe. Our running has become sterile because the floors we run on are predictable. A barefoot shoe cannot correct this, and maybe the worst option because it is less proprioceptive (and different in feedback) to a barefoot, and additionally it has none of the cushioning of a more running designed shoe. However my personal stance is to wear what causes you no pain and you feel comfortable in.
2. You should run to a metronome
Running at a faster pace makes a lot of sense, less time with your feet on the floor, more kick through from your swinging leg and usually a firmer torso. However running to a set rhythm is not respecting the bodies ability to pace and move itself. I would suggest that if this technique speeds your client up, then maybe keep it. However if you have more subconscious ways, (such as coaching through environment changes, or goal setting) then I would plump for those. (I always wanted to use the word plump in one of these emails)
3. Run on your forefoot
Let your body decide when you are running fast enough for this to occur, nothing more to say on this.
4. Your run should look symmetrical
Unless you have symmetrical joints, distribution of internal organs or you are a robot, then probably the best thing to do to assess running, is to film the fresh run and the fatigued run and then compare the difference.
5. Strength Train for Long Distances
Consider the muscles fibers that adopt the characteristics of the most used energy system. Then decide how you want them to behave on your log runs. Maybe this will make it more likely that for your long distance runners, you will need to introduce resistance to their running for the whole duration of their run.