Running Injuries:  Why?

Today’s Workout

Strict Press 3-3-3+
Wendler C4/W2
70%, 80%, 90%
Complete as many rounds as possible in 12 minutes of:
2 Rope Climbs
4 Box Jumps (32/24)
6 Clapping Push Ups
8 OH Walking Lunges (45/25)Why is it that with all the modern technology in footwear, we haven’t eradicated running injuries? Not only haven’t we eradicated them, they’ve progressively gotten more prevalent… today, over 80% of runners are currently injured or have suffered from/with a running injury. I mean really… we have the capability to eliminated disease, bring people back from the dead, perform intricate brain surgery… and we can’t eliminate running injuries?

Maybe we’re taking the wrong approach? Maybe the answer isn’t in technology or shoes at all. Maybe the answer was always staring us in the face, right there in front of our noses… maybe the human foot, without a modern day running shoe or technology is actually better than anything we can create to try to improve on it.

That was the main topic at the week-long Barefoot Running Coaching Certification Course I attended a few weeks ago. And that just got things started! I’m a huge believer in the benefits of barefoot running… because in actuality, barefoot running is just running with good mechanics, shod or not. When you run barefoot with proper technique, you’re using “natural” running mechanics – mechanics that haven’t been altered by ‘motion control’ or ‘shock absorption’ systems of modern day running shoes. And if you learn to run with these mechanics, you’ll probably find yourself injury free as a runner for the first time in many, many years!

But don’t just take your shoes off and think you can just naturally barefoot run. You’ve been practicing with running shoes for many, many years, learning poor mechanics… so you’ll have to learn brand new techniques, and movement patterns, and this takes time (many that just jump into it without learning proper technique find themselves injured again, but this time with different injuries). I suggest you start with this FREE e-book written by the creator of the VivoBarefoot Coaches Course, Lee Saxby.

As a certified VivoBarefoot Barefoot Running Coach, I’ll be offering seminars and clinics in the upcoming months… but this ebook is a great way to start on your own.

Jayna going for a front squat

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