What can you do to make yourself a better runner? Many of you might need to brace yourselves for what we are about to say…
You have to do more than just run!
Just because you run anywhere from 1 to 50 miles per week, it doesn’t make you strong. It doesn’t mean you have the best quads and leg strength. In fact, if that’s all you focus on, you probably actually have very weak legs.
This can be hard to accept because you just want to run and racking up a significant number of miles per week looks great on paper or in an app (especially if you are also a data nerd!)but training smartly and doing more than just running is truly the best way to improve.
But why? When you run, think about your body as a human projectile. Better control and stability lead to better outcomes every time your foot hits the ground and you projectile yourself forward again! When you run an average of 9:30min/ mile, your entire foot is on the ground for .3 seconds at a time. That is A LOT of force on the ground in a short amount of time. That force can be leveraged to give you more power but it can also be the force that causes injuries if your body is not strengthened properly in all the right ways.
Learning how to avoid one and optimize the other during that contact time on the ground is one key way to become a smarter and better runner.