The field is usually split in half when asked about running.
One half says “Running, great! I love running and do it often. It’s free and a great workout for me.”
The second half says “Running… haha. It’s not for me and never will be.”
In my experience, that is about the exact response I get when I talk to people about running. That or, why in the world would I need a coach for running when I can do it on my own for free?
Well, I’m here to talk to you a little about Sprint Club and try and convince you to come try it sometime!
Let me ask you a question? Has anyone ever taught you how to run? Most likely not. I remember when I was in high school track, the new sprinting coach asked me one day “who taught you how to run” as he obviously was shocked at my terrible running form. Of course no one had taught me how to run… how hard can it be? It’s like walking, only faster… right? Turns out, it’s pretty complex and has a lot of moving parts, just like any skill we learn over time.
If you want to be an efficient runner and avoid injury, it is pertinent to learn correct running form if you want to run long term. Over the few years in high school and especially after, I researched running, did drills, intervals and practiced consistently for years to get my running form where it is today, and so far, no injuries!
The next thing I want to ask you is do you do cross training or specific stability and mobility drills to avoid injury and stay healthy as a runner? Another extremely important aspect of being able to continue running. If you don’t do this, no matter if you join my class or not, you should start adding it into your routine immediately!
Running is a repetitive movement (meaning you do the exact same move over and over and over again in a single plane of movement.) You repeat forward stepping hundreds and thousands of times each time you go for a run. Do you think if you do those thousand steps with bad form it will catch up to you? Do you think that if you don’t also do a proper warm up, cool down and strength/ stability/ mobility routine you will stay healthy and injury free? As a Movement and Exercise Specialist, I think if you don’t learn how to run correctly or learn to supplement the constant repetitiveness of running, you are at a high risk of getting injured, almost 100% certain at some point in your running career.
Enter Sprint Club!!!
I encourage everyone to come out. Whether you are a runner currently, want to learn about running, want to increase your like for running, want to increase your speed during sprinting or just want to meet some cool people outside once a week, come out to Sprint Club! Plus Buckman Field is full of Soccer practices so if you are a parent (or know a parent) who waits around while their kiddo plays, you could be out there having fun too! Don’t hesitate to join us! And no matter what you will learn some new things, get your heart rate up, have some fun and set yourself up for success!