I’ve individually coached over 1,000
runners and helped tens of thousands more with my coaching programs. I know what type of training prevents injuries – and what sounds good but doesn’t actually work.
There are three huge mistakes that runners make all the time that leaves them stuck in a chronic injury cycle, going from one injury to another without ever having the consistency that allows you to accomplish your goals.
Mistake #1: “I’m not sure if this will work for me. I’m a [trail runner], [older runner], [ultra runner].”
All of us want to prevent injuries – it helps us do what we love: run! And the beauty of smart training is that it’s universal.
Prevention strategies that work for me will also work for a 36 year old mom in Ohio who’s just getting started with running. And they’ll also help a 52 year old trail runner in Australia who can’t get enough of running tracks in the bush.
The mistake is to second-guess yourself by asking a hundred questions. I use to do the same thing: “Those workouts are too hard for me – I’m too young/slow/not on Varsity/haven’t been running as long.”
But soon I learned that the problem wasn’t with the training strategies, it was with ME! Instead of listening to a coach who had decades of experience, I thought I knew better. But that’s why he was an expert and I wasn’t.
Indeed, training is universal – it scales up to faster runners and down to slower runners. The prevention strategies in this program work for everyone because we’re all runners. And as runners, we need to follow coaching programs designed for runners.
Mistake #2: “Injury prevention isn’t a goal right now. I’ll wait until later.”
I made this mistake for YEARS – and my running suffered. And I’ve worked with runners who thought they didn’t need injury prevention built into their training.
But the truth is that healthy, fast running is the product of very smart training and diligent injury prevention work. It doesn’t interfere with running. It enables running.
And indeed, smart prevention is really smart training.
When your training is designed with a focus on injury prevention – from the mileage, workouts, and even specific exercises – it’s quite simple to stay healthy. The annual injury rate would be nowhere near 70% like it is now if runners had better training (and that’s what this program provides).
Mistake #3: “I’m already doing strength exercises and core work. I can do this on my own.”
First, this program is about a lot more than just strength exercises and flexibility. But let’s talk about the real issue here: the belief that strength exercises = injury prevention.
Strength work is just one part of a good injury prevention strategy. Many runners think that it’s all they need. But that’s like saying all you need for good chicken noodle soup is the chicken. What about all the other ingredients?
Even if you’re doing all the right strength exercises, is your training designed properly? No amount of strength can overcome poor training!
Injury Prevention for Runners includes the best strength exercises for runners. Plus the training strategies that help you run smarter, like how to build your mileage properly (hint: forget the “10% Rule”), choose races, structure your program, and more.
Ready to see how Injury Prevention for Runners can help you finally stay healthy?