Essential Ingredients In Your Running (and how to upgrade your training)

Don’t we all want to boost our training? Instead of focusing on new fads or training hacks, getting back to basic training essentials can pay big dividends with your running!

While it’s easy to get caught up in new training trends or workouts, runners will benefit the most from focusing on tried and true basics.  When you establish a strong foundation, your running is more likely to progress consistently.

As Strength Running readers know, my early training history was filled with mistakes and running injuries that sidelined me for weeks or even months at a time.  Fortunately, experience has taught me well, and you don’t need to suffer the same mistakes as I did.

If you do get injured, one of the best resources for health and longevity in the sport is a physical therapist. They helped me through many of my previous injuries, and can provide a tremendous benefit for runners who face both acute and chronic injuries.

Brodie Sharpe Interviews Jason on Training Essentials

Brodie Sharpe is a runner and physiotherapist in Australia who has experienced firsthand the frustration having his running limited by injury. Through his work with runners, Brody has developed the tools and skills to help injured athletes heal and get strong.  

Once again the tables are turned this week as I get interviewed by Brodie for his popular series, The Run Smarter Podcast.  His discussion with me focuses on essential elements of training, including the components that can help reduce your injury risk.

On this week’s podcast episode, Brodie and I tackle a range of topics that impact both new and experienced runners.  We discuss a may aspects of training and racing, including:

  • Why almost every runner will benefit from an individualized training plan
  • How we can look to the elites to understand how to focus on fundamentals, not fads
  • The most common mistakes that athletes make with their training
  • How to schedule your strength sessions
  • Taper strategies that work for a wide variety of race distances.

Time, experience, and professionals like Brodie have helped me become a better student of running, and taught me the essential components of staying healthy and consistent. I hope you can apply our discussion on training fundamentals to benefit your own running too!

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Thank You InsideTracker!


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