Last weekend I attended a course with Academy of Sport Speed Australia in an endeavour to learn ‘ everything you need to build explosive speed.’ I must admit the title got me in straight away because as a sprinter I am always looking at ways to run faster, win more races and have less injuries! […]
I wrote in a previous blog about my decision to run the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon, and I am pretty excited to report that I finished it just under my goal time and suffered no injuries during the process. My training was kept pretty simple, I mostly ran 2-3 mid-week runs of around 5-7km’s and then 1 progressively longer “long” run on the weekend which ended up as 17km run a few weeks before the race.
I have mostly lead a very active life, playing multiple sports during my teens and then playing senior football for 17 years. During this time I would train 2 or 3 times a week and play a game on the weekends. The beauty of playing team sport for such a long period is that there is never a need to find “motivation” to exercise, as I always had other people relying on me to perform and I would never want to let my team down.
Training for a fun run can mean clocking up lots of kilometres, but this repetitive training is often hard on the body and leads to many runners breaking down before they even reach the start line. With fun run season in full swing on the Bellarine, here are some reasons why you should be strength training to help reduce your risk of injury and improve your running performance.