Friday, 17 April 2020

Preventing Foot Injuries

5 Exercises For Your Feet to Prevent Injury

There are a wealth of products on the market claiming not only to make you a faster runner, but to decrease your risk of injury, a somewhat plague amongst the modern running community. Cushioned soles, stability controls, barefoot mimickry and  counter-pronation padding is the jargon we are sold as we approach the cash desk in the large sports chains. Or if you choose to visit a more independent running store you might be set up on a treadmill to be told you have multiple body mechanics issues and be sold a shoe that will apparently fix all of them. 10% off for customer loyalty. What maybe hasn’t been considered is the more protection, awkward positions and support we give our feet, the weaker they will grow and the more reliant on orthotics we become.

This isn’t to say you should start rambling through woodlands barefoot (although each to their own), but why don’t we start at the root of the problem. Our feet.

Jared Hazen

Those who follow the World of ultra running will know who I'm talking about when I say Jared Hazen. But just in case you don't, here's a brief introduction. Jared grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, where he found cross country and track at high school, triggering his passion for running. After graduation, he bounced around a couple places, working hard and training even harder to have a shot at going pro. After meeting Jim Walmsley (Western States record holder) during a race, the two soon became friends, and would soon enough find themselves roommates in Flagstaff, AZ.

Now onto why he has earned my 'Inspiration of The Month'... Jared began running ultras at the tender age of 17, and has pretty much had success at this since, with the odd DNF thrown in here and there, just like everyone else. Also just like everyone else, is the odd battle with injury. He's seen significant improvement through hard training, both before and after he became a member of the notorious Coconino Cowboys. Being a member of this group however, should draw nothing away from the credit given to Jared as an individual for the drive he has to be the best and train hard.

Jared in action. Shot taken by Rabbitwolf Creative

Just a few of his achievements include a 14th place finish at Western States at the age of just 19 with a time of 17:29:59 (pretty impressive for

Sunday, 5 May 2019

The Emotional Side of Injury

Injuries in running seems to be both a growing plague and something which is widely accepted as normal. The cliche of being told by the overweight, bearded man in the pub holding a lager, or your inactive grandmother that you'll wreck your knees, or the has-been athlete telling you your hamstring will never be the same after that tear all course through my mind, along with a long list of problems I've learned runners go through during my research into injuries. Many friends in my University club are either currently injured or have been this year. It's the silence around the matter which has intrigued me. It seems to be shunned with the eating disorders and mental health conditions.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Morning Run 06/02/19

So I feel the need to explain how I ended up going out to push myself this morning on my first 'serious' run back after so long being injured. I spent the majority of yesterday evening in tears after kinda cracking after hearing some pretty upsetting news from someone, getting yelled at by that same someone, then suddenly thinking about my dad after all that and just losing it. I guess my barriers broke down and it all just came out. I can only be cheerful 99.9999% of the time I'm afraid and I'm OK with losing it occasionally.

I'm the type of person who likes to push myself maybe a little harder than necessary, so naturally, after being told by the Physio on Monday that it would be OK to start building up my milage and that

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Eric Schranz

So I really struggled to choose an inspiration of the month this time around, which is why it's February 1st and I'm only just writing this. For the past few months I have been obsessively listening to Ultrarunnerpodcast which some of you may also know. Hosted by Eric Schranz, host and Editor-in-Cheif of the show, this is a series of hundreds and hundreds of interviews with inspiring ultra runners from all over the world, all with their own stories, advice and tips to tell. Trying to choose just one inspirational person from a list of so many that I've now heard from was impossible. For the simple reason that they all are.