Injury prevention is a top goal for every runner. So why is consistent, healthy running so elusive?
The truth is that repetitive stress injuries will always happen: us runners are really good at pushing beyond our physical limits and working harder than our bodies can withstand. We all say things like,
I want to reach a new fitness level without all the injuries…
I’ve tried some exercises but I’m never sure if I’m doing them right
I want to transition back to a normal running schedule without doing any further damage
How do I overcome the fear of injury?
Injuries used to be a common part of my training. Hell, I thought they were inevitable! But if you’re smart and take the right precautions, you become more consistent and injury resistant than you ever thought possible.
In fact, I haven’t had a major running injury in 3 1/2 years and I used to get achilles tendonitis, ITBS, plantar fasciitis… the list went on.
Today, I want to help you finally stay healthy and run more consistent using many of the same strength workouts.
The Building a Better Runner Giveaway
Coach Jay Johnson has graciously offered to give a copy of his series Building a Better Runner – Volumes 1 & 2 to a lucky Strength Running reader. These DVDs have injury prevention and strength-building routines from the worlds of physical therapy and athletic training.
As he says, these exercises are “a proactive insurance policy against injury.” When you can stay healthy, you’ll be able to put in more consistent running, higher mileage, and faster workouts – all helping you to run faster races.
This is Jay’s introduction to Volume 1:
The Building a Better Runner series has nearly 200 exercises in categories like,
- Total Body
Because of the breadth of exercises, these DVDs can be used for high school athletes, professionals, recreational runners, and everyone in between. If you’re not sure if you’d benefit from this giveaway, let me assure you: Building a Better Runner can help you!
Just a few weeks ago I told Jay how much fun I had with his workouts:
Did Postural Routine F&H from the Building a Better Runner DVD… core is destroyed. Thanks @coachjayjohnson 😉
— Jason Fitzgerald (@JasonFitz1) September 20, 2012
Each DVD is also a DVD-ROM and contains both iPod/iPad/iPhone compatible videos as well as Windows Media compatible files. The DVD-ROM also includes PDFs of each routine, with sequential photos of all of the exercises in the DVDs.
How do I Enter the Giveaway?
Jay is going to send our lucky winner both Volume 1 and 2 of the Building a Better Runner DVD series. Here’s how to enter:
- Make sure you’re on the SR email list – sign up here or in the box at the end of this post
- Leave a comment here about your #1 struggle with injury
- Submit your comment by Thursday, 10/11/2012 at midnight to be eligible
- I’ll randomly select the winner on Friday morning
Alas, we can’t shower the entire internet with free DVDs (but how awesome would that be?) so we’re going to do the next best thing: after the contest, I’m going to send you a 20% discount on anything at the RunningDVDs.com store.
If you can’t win, you might as well save some cash right?! I’m so confident that this resource will help you prevent injuries and run more consistently that I want to make it as accessible as possible to everyone.
The code will be emailed to Strength Running subscribers so make sure you get on the list here or in the box below. Only subscribers are eligible to win.
A big thank you to Jay Johnson for partnering with SR to make this giveaway possible!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now over.