Why do you need a running assessment? Here's my story
I'm a runner of 20+ years and for a long time I just ran.
I ran to get fit.
I ran to get fresh air.
I ran to get some quiet time from the busy world.
I didn't really think about how I ran or when I ran, and then I got injured....
This story is far too common in the running world. Some estimates suggest over 60% of runners get injured every year! Thats a lot of runners not being able to run (and that makes runners grumpy!)
So after sitting out with an injury for over 18 months, I decided to do everything I possibly could to make sure other people don't have to face the same experience.
The reasons I got injured:
- Poor training structure
- Lack of rest time
- Poor technique, with weakness where I needed to be strong, which caused tightness in all the classic spots
After some serious rehab and very good advice, I found my way back onto the footpath, and carefully built back up to enjoying 15km runs.
I like to think that everything happens for a reason, and this horrible experience definitely had a silver lining in learning opportunities. Don't make the same mistakes!
A running assessment gives you this:
- Find out what you're doing right
- Find out what you can improve on
- Keeping you running injury free for longer, or get you safely back to running after an injury
How much is your running worth to you?
So why do you need a running assessment?
Consider it a basic health check, just like a routine appointment with your doctor to make sure your blood pressure is ok, and your vitamin D levels are fine.
Here's all the facts you need to know about having a running assessment:
60 minutes includes:
A strength and flexibility check