At Roads to Freedom we know that for the vast majority of runners winning races and becoming more competitive is not the main goal. For many, running is about stress relief, getting away from all their worldly cares – busy schedules, family duties etc. They appreciate the sense of calm and relaxation they feel as… Continue reading The New Breed of Runner and Why Traditional Running Coaching is NOT what they need.
What do you do with your arms when you run and does it matter? After all it’s essentially a lower body activity isn’t it? Or is it? If you look at the average park run, you will see a wide range of different uses of the upper body. What you will notice, however, is… Continue reading ‘Armless’ walking and running limits performance and causes injury.
Run with Freedom Christmas Package. Suitable for all levels, including non-runners. Includes: Running assessment on treadmill with video footage from all angles to keep. Verbal and written feedback on improving individual running form, cadence and gait. Running specific functional movement assessment identifying areas to mobilise or strengthen for better performance and reduced injury risk. Demonstration… Continue reading The Perfect Christmas gift for your running partner – self development not ‘stuff’.
Run with Freedom Christmas Package. Suitable for all levels, including non-runners. Includes: Running assessment on treadmill with video footage from all angles to keep. Verbal and written feedback on improving individual running form, cadence and gait. Running specific functional movement assessment identifying areas to mobilise or strengthen for better performance and reduced injury risk. Demonstration… Continue reading Complete running package. Invest in personal development, not more ‘stuff’.
Steve had what used to be called a ‘nervous breakdown’ in his early twenties. Twice he tried to end his life by taking overdoses of sleeping tablets and needed to have his stomach pumped out. Steve then was smoking 40 odd cigarettes per day, drinking round the clock and his idea of a square… Continue reading From suicide watch to successful runner: Steve’s true story.
I frequently talk to runners and triathletes especially about the benefits of greater mobility. The response is usually “yes, I know I should do more stretching”. By this, I know they mean static stretching and this is probably what the majority of the population think is the way to become more mobile or ‘flexible’.… Continue reading Mobility is NOT static stretching! Why not try “Elastic Walking”?
Everybody complains of tight calves, runners and non-runners, but nobody seems to be addressing the question why! A few weeks ago I put this question into the Youtube search box. Normally you get hundreds of videos appear and indeed this time was no exception. However they were nearly all demonstrating stretches to ‘fix’ the problem,… Continue reading But WHY are my calves tight? I KNOW how to stretch them!
There seems to be an epidemic of knee pain, both amongst runners and the general population. Perhaps this is not surprising – the knee is an extremely vulnerable joint critically located between the ground and your hips. I guess it’s also a price we must pay for becoming bipedal. We also compound this… Continue reading Knees hurting? 5 Strategies for addressing your knee pain.
The more you do of a particular activity the better you will become at doing it IN THAT WAY. This is probably so that your brain can be freed up for ‘more important’ tasks. So if you only run you will become ‘fitter’ for running (but not necessarily better at it). You will be able… Continue reading Run faster more easily by first addressing balance, posture and mobility, looking at the whole body in motion.
So many runners and indeed people generally come to me with lower back pain. They tell me they’ve seen their GP or another health professional and they don’t know what causes it or they’ve just had it described as ‘wear and tear’ or ‘old age’. Incredibly they are prescribed powerful pain… Continue reading Lower back pain; only a mystery if you ignore the blindingly obvious! 6 steps to make your back better.