Remember your weekly "FOCUS" and "INTENT" - strive for improvement each and every run.
We, as your Coaches, have spoken about Crosstraining off and on to stress the importance of a stronger, fitter and injury free you. I have included a piece from a physical therapist on the benefits of cross training.
Cross training seems like a novel concept when one is injured “If I can’t run, I need to do something to get back to running”. However, if we flip this whole scenario around we see the power that cross training might have in preventing injuries and further improving performance.
The benefits of cross training:
1) Injury Prevention
Injuries are inevitable and incorporating different forms of exercises can correct muscle imbalances that might occur, as well as facilitate recovery post-run.
When injuries do occur, cross training can help in maintaining fitness.
3) Greater Running Fitness
Supplemental training outside of running has the capacity to:
a. Enhance a runner’s efficiency
b. Increase a runner’s power
c. Improve a runner’s capability to handle a greater training volume
4) Active Recovery/ Rejuvenation
If you drive your car as hard as you can, it seems intuitive that at some point it may break down if you don’t do the proper maintenance. Your body works the same way and taking the time for rest is very important. Whether it is completely taking time off or structuring in some low-intensity cross training, it is irrefutable that your body requires time to recover from a strenuous training stimulus.
5) Enhanced Motivation – Doing the same thing over and over again can be taxing mentally, despite loving it. Changing things up can not only make running fresh and enjoyable, but the improvements you see from the cross training can enhance your motivation to train harder.
6) Enjoying Other Sports
The cardiovascular endurance you build with running is highly transferrable and by exploring other sports you may be able to develop more then one sporting love.
All in all, running is a fantastic exercise that has more benefits than one can simply list. However, I challenge all runners to consider incorporating cross training into what they do. Not only will cross training allow you to continue running longer and more pain-free, it may also improve your running performance and allow you to discover new exciting forms of exercise!
On top of the above we will be having a special guest speaker in to speak with us on Monday, Jan 5th @ 5:45pm. Maria Mitchell will be speaking and showing us the benefits of taping to stabilize and prevention steps on our knees and feet. We will be reminding you throughout and leading up to.
Give the Gift of Physical Fitness - A NEW Couch 2 5k starts Monday, Jan 5th with Jackie at 6pm. All info of all our clinics is on our "Programs" page.
RunningRoom Resolution Run - Dec 31st - all info on their website
Sarnia Road Runners - Jan 1st @ 1pm - 7k $5. Animal Farm
Arkona - Sat, Dec 27th (not Dec 20th) there will be a run in Sarnia and Dick will be going up this week but he will post all info on the FoF FB page of date and time.
To all come run with us. Let's finish out the year and ring in the new with great goals, quality runs and FOCUS with INTENT
Stefania for FoF