Distance running, for me and many other endurance masochists, ahem athletes, is a great form of stress release and exercise. After all, going for glory requires a lot of energy, time, and can lead to stress. The therapeutic and relaxing properties of a run often result in what many call the “runners high.” Some skeptics argue that distance running is bad for the body and rough on the joints and knees. Well, the jury is still out on whether or not the long-term effects do in fact create problems for the body (when performed correctly with, forefoot strike instead of heel striking, Harvard studies have shown that it can be safe and has been for thousands of years). Even if it’s unclear of the impact on the joints and body, I posit that cardiovascular problems from inactivity far outweigh orthopedic problems related to exercise. Put another way, cardiovascular problems often result in death, while orthopedic problems often result in pain or surgery. I don’t know about you but I’ll take pain over death any day.
Running, just like any sport, requires form and concentration. The single best resource that I’ve been able to find on safe and effective technique has been from Chi Running.
“Running does not cause injury — running incorrectly does. When you run mindfully and with good technique, you can safely run for the rest of your life.”
If you do run, I highly recommend you look into these amazing techniques taught by Danny Dreyer, founder of Chi Running and author of the book by the same name.
From my own experience, I can run further than ever before, with less effort than ever before.
I’d love to hear about any techniques that people implement in regards to running injury free. What do you think, can you run forever without compiling a plethora of injuries?
Always going for glory!
*This post is a follow-up to my last post on supplementation and running as I am competing in the Austin marathon this week.