What is stopping you from really improving your running?

May 11, 2017 at 10:10 AM


I want everyone to improve their running. It’s as simple as that.


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In the clinic, when I quiz people on their running programs I hear very similar stories which I believe are just not the best place to start to get improvement. There is lots of information about running out there, but is that information relevant to you?

What I want to see is individual programs to suit the individual's needs. You need to have been able to assess the individual, and then give you the best information to improve that person dependent on your individual goals. Let me use this graph to help.


Mo Farah vs Jo Blogs. Efficiency Graph

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I try to assess clients, and figure out where on the graph individuals are. From this idea, we are trying to push you up the graph. The further up the graph you go, the better you start to perform. I also believe the more protected you are from the common running injuries.

Let me explain further. At one end of the spectrum, we have Mo and his elite level track athlete friends. These guys have everything in their favour. Firstly they weigh 55kg, they have run all their lives. Their bodies are conditioned to run in excess of 150 km a week (yep for sections of the year they are pushing 200 km a week), they don't have to go work 8-10 hrs a day, they have personal dieticians, coaches, doctors who are experts at keeping them able to compete at the highest level. Is it no wonder Mo and his friends continue to compete at such an incredible superhuman level.


We compare this with Jo blogs and his friends. Jo blogs doesn't run for a job. But Jo blogs does have his own goals. He might want to complete a marathon or a half. Or he might just want to run a little faster or even lose a little weight by running regularly. It seems so simple it think that Jo Blogs occupies a different place on that running spectrum, but this is where I see people getting it wrong with their information. Mo's training should look a lot different to Jo's.

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I want to push runners up that spectrum as much as possible. Because when you get pushed up that spectrum of efficiency you can run more easily. You will become faster and more economical. It also means considerably decreasing your chance of injury. But what I find most powerful, Is that running becomes easier. Running should be easy, I want it to become easy. It should not be a slog. If it's a slog every time you run, then we are doing it wrong. We want to push your running at times, but there is a difference between slogging and pushing a little.


There are lots of things that are able to push you up that spectrum. I can guarantee that you have heard of some of them. But what sets us apart from others people in this sphere is our ability to identify where you are now, and then figure out what is the best way to start that process of improving your running. This is where individualisation is really important, finding out the best way to push you up the efficiency graph.  


What I want to do with people is help them set up at a strategic plan of attack. This plan has to be so specific to your body's needs. It needs someone to assess where you are right now, where you want to go, and how much time you have to get there. That is where we want to be able to help you.  


"Paul White has recently returned to NZ from an extended 12-year sabbatical to the UK. He describes his unique assessment and treatment of runners as a combination of physiotherapy, biomechanical, psychological and motor skill retraining. He is passionate about his running and wants to be able to pass this knowledge onto the local running community."

Book your running assessment with Paul at our Newmarket clinic. The initial assessment is $160 for 75 minutes non-ACC, or $100 with ACC.

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