Cadence, shoes, foot strike, and injury prevention are hot topics among runners. Whether you want the hard science or the overwhelming anecdotal evidence, we break down what you need to know to make strides in today’s podcast episode.
Some topics in the running world never get old. Why? Because studies, trends, and mindsets are constantly evolving.
For example, the book Born to Run, not intentionally trying to sell you on barefoot running, started the minimalist footwear revolution. If you were running a decade ago, it’s likely that you were swept up in this monumental shift.
If you came out unscathed and still run after your barefoot days, perhaps you took on the maximalist shoes years later. As athletes push their sports, science often plays catch up to verify or disprove various theories.
Today I’m excited to bring on a guest who is not only passionate about all the intricacies of running, but he is also well researched and practiced in the sport.
Chris Napier Explains the Science
Chris Napier quite literally wrote the book on the Science of Running. He is a professor of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as well as a practicing physiotherapist, 2:33 marathoner, and medal winner at the Canadian Track & Field Championships in 1996 and 1997.
Chris earned his diploma in Sport Physiotherapy and has a PhD in Running Biomechanics and Injury Prevention. With his academic background, Chis shares his knowledge on what the research has proven out and what we’ve learned from experience.
In this conversation, we talk about:
- Who should modify their cadence and when
- Why foot strikes are better left alone
- Benefits of logging more than your running stats
We also cover the myths that never die:
- Running is bad for your knees
- Static stretching prevents injuries
- Endurance runners should lift for endurance
- Certain types of shoes can help you prevent injuries
Chris is passionate about educating runners to make wise decisions in their training and recovery and offers actionable advice, as you can hear below:
Chris also shares his top 2 tips for staying healthy while running:
- Listen to your body to prevent injuries and make training modifications as needed
- Do heavy and intentional resistance training
To hear more details or this and all the other topics we cover, check out the full episode below.
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