Optimizing Changes to Your Running

If you have ever been evaluated for a running injury in the past, the clinician treating you probably asked the question “Have you changed anything recently?” They may further question you as to whether you changed your shoe brand or model, significantly increased your mileage or took up trail running. We ask these questions because we know from years of experience that making any one of those changes can cause a problem. 

Which isn’t to say that you shouldn’t do them! Sometimes you should change your shoe brand if the previous one wasn’t working for you. Trail running is a beautiful activity! Mileage increases should be gradual, but if you are training for a longer distance event, your mileage will likely need to increase. 

There is a wealth of information available on the internet but sometimes it can all be overwhelming and we just want an expert to help us. Let’s take a closer look at those 3 questions I previously mentioned and how Superior Running Medicine can help. 

  1. Are you considering a shoe change? 

Shoe trends have taken a 180 degree turn in the last 10-15 years. In 2010 the minimalist shoe movement was so popular that I actually saw folks running entire marathons completely barefoot that year. Now, thick support and stability are everywhere. Which is correct? Neither? Both? At Superior Running Medicine, I will look at your foot and your running mechanics and help you determine which type of shoe is best for you. I do not sell shoes and I am not affiliated with a brand. My only motive is helping you run comfortably. 

  1. Would you like to increase your mileage? Or start adding speedwork to your routine?

Most of the runners I work with enjoy running for its own sake but also love to participate in organized races. These events give us a chance to work towards a goal, to structure our week of running.Competition is fun whether we compete against others, a clock or ourselves. Continuing to improve our performances means we need to push ourselves outside our comfort zone either with a few more miles, speedwork or increasing our strength training. Doing all 3 at once is the perfect recipe for an injury. We can work together to determine the best place for you to start. 

  1. Have you moved to an area with different terrain? Or are you interested in taking up trail running? 

These surface changes can feel like a big deal to our bodies. Switching from road to soft surfaces means more work for the small stabilizing muscles of our feet. Uneven trails with roots and rocks are a challenge to our balance. A movement assessment by a professional can help you identify body areas that may need strengthening in order to safely navigate your new environment. 

If anything in this post resonated with you, please reach out! I would love to consult and see how Superior Running Medicine can help you run happily and free of injury.

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