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If you are a keen runner, from a complete beginner to a regular competitor, you have come to the right place. 

This area has been designed to help runners avoid injury, interact with other runners, and learn to listen to your body while commencing your training.

With having a lot of success with treating running-related injuries and advanced biomechanical understanding through teaching tennis professionally, I wish to advise you on becoming a better runner and help prevent unnecessary injury.

The concept of the Running Room is to provide FREE advice on common running injuries, highlight training mistakes, and help you understand how your body works! Here is a familiar situation that I will often come across when speaking to runners in my clinics:Running Room

“I started running as my friend wanted to help me lose weight and get fitter. My first few experiences were hard, to say the least, legs shaking, lungs feeling like they were going to explode, and a feeling of how unpleasant this whole experience was.

I decided to persevere as I didn’t want to let my friend down (externally focused) and continued to train for the next two weeks.

Then…

A funny thing happened, my legs were less tired, lungs had somehow adapted to the exertion and I was able to complete my run without even having to walk when the going got tough.

After three weeks, I was hooked (internally focused) and treated myself to new running shoes, GPS watch, and high vis jacket.

Running is now a part of my life and helps relieve stress (from life in general), meet new friends along with all the other health benefits- it makes you feel great!

I dont feel the same when I cannot run”.

 

If you can relate to the above section or, if you have been running for a long time, you may understand these physiological changes especially when suddenly increasing your frequency, intensity or time of your run.

Here is the amazing bit about the human body…

It will initially rapidly adapt to the demands placed upon it, and get used to these stresses.
Too much stress will result in overload and failure i.e. injury!
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Once you are running frequently, it is often not the vital organs such as the heart or lungs stopping you from completing the distances but your muscular skeletal system.

As a general bit of advice for runners:
Your body needs time at a given intensity and duration to prevent overload. The common way of controlling this is to only increase your distance by 10% each week but don’t forget that the terrain can add to the difficulty of the run (hills, off road etc).

OVERLOAD IS THE MOST COMMON REASON FOR RUNNER HAVING TO VISIT MY CLINIC- YOU ARE IN COMPLETE CONTROL OF THIS, SO PLEASE MAKE SURE IT DOESN’T HAPPEN TO YOU!

I hope you enjoy the Running Room pages and it brings you helpful insight into the world of running and how the body works.

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