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Run Clubs – The new dating apps!!

Run Clubs Sydney

In this ever-changing world we live in, running remains a timeless pursuit enjoyed by people of all ages and sizes. One of the great things about running is how easy it is to get started- All you need is a good pair of shoes, and you are all set to go!! In recent post pandemic years, running has not just become a hobby but a lifestyle with run clubs becoming the new place to meet eligible singles! With the growth of the rub club phenomenon here are some tips to ensure you stay injury free!

  • Pace yourself

The number one mistake made by beginner runners is going out too fast and blowing up! While running with others can make the experience more enjoyable make sure you don’t allow them to dictate a pace that is too fast for you. A good rule of thumb is to run at a pace that you can comfortably hold a conversation for. Of course, there will be days that you are doing speed workouts that you will need to increase the pace but for easy runs use the talk test- if you can’t talk comfortably – slow down!

  • Good running shoes

Investing in a good pair of shoes that provide the right support and fit for your feet is very important. One thing to consider is how the shoe feels. Some shoes have a lot of cushioning which makes the shoe feel squishy like Brooks Ghost. Others such as Adidas Adizero SL are lighter and built for speed which will mean your feet make firmer contact with the ground.

Secondly, where do you plan on running? If you plan on running on the roads or the treadmill, Saucony Tempus and Hoka are good options. Saucony tempus also helps with overpronation. If you are going to be running on uneven surfaces or mountainous terrain it would be best to invest in trail shoes such as Solomon which provide good traction and grip. Make sure to discuss this with your physio or the shop assistant before settling on a pair. 

  • Listen to your body and avoid too much too soon!

Pay attention to your body as you start your running journey. If you feel discomfort or pain stop and get it checked out- your body isn’t used to this type of loading. To increase your mileage a good rule is to increase your weekly distance by no more than 10% each week. This will help avoid overuse injuries such as shin splints and tendonitis. To further help prevent injury, keep your core and legs strong through strength and conditioning training. With beginner runners 1-2 days of strength work is recommended. Some easy exercises to include are:

  1. Glute Bridges                 

Glute Bridge exercise

2. Squats 

Squat exercise

  • Fuel appropriately!

Eating the correct food pre and post runs will enhance performance and help speed up recovery. An ideal pre run meal approximately 90 mins before your run is high in carbohydrates to provide readily available energy. Examples include nuts, bananas and whole wheat bread. Carbohydrates are also important post run, as your muscles need to replace what they have burned during the run. Post meals should also include protein to support muscle repair and recovery in order to get our body ready for its next run!

  • Warm up and cool down correctly 

Warming up is essential to prevent muscle injuries and will also optimise performance. Dynamic stretches that involve movement such as leg circles and high knees are advised to increase blood flow in the legs.  Incorporate drills such as a-skips and bounding to mimic running to activate key muscle groups like hamstrings and glutes. Slowing down is just as important and will allow your body to get back down to a resting state. Slowing down gradually at the end of your runs will allow your heart rate to come down slowly and reduce muscle soreness. Include some light stretching and foam rolling at the end to promote recovery.

Remember – listen to your body and enjoy the process! Appreciate the joy of the simple movement of running – its magic!

If you feel any niggles or ache, or if you’re unsure of anything, please don’t hesitate to ask us or book in for a check up here


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