Looking after your body
Over the 10 weeks with RaceTeam you'll have a higher level of motivation, you'll be training to levels that will help you grow and you'll find a new belief in your ability.
We love this stuff, it's what we are all about but there's one thing that can instantly take you away from this place - injury. There are a couple of things you can do to help reduce the risk of getting injured: Body care work and finding out where our weaknesses in our body are.
Stretching & Yoga
Your body is about to start a quite intense training block which put stress on your body which can cause muscle soreness.
Body care is a vital component to your training, we cannot stress this enough. There are several great online resources for yoga and stretches for runners, here is one that we love:
We'd love to promise that you won't experience any soreness but we can't! The good news is that doing body care work around your training will help remove some soreness and help reduce the risk of injury - and by the end of RaceTeam you may even enjoy the feeling as it's a reminder of how your body is working and getting stronger.
Muscle Balance Test
Over the years that we have been doing RaceTeam and our other running groups we have found that we get about a 10% non-completion rate due to injury.
While some of these injuries come from freakish accidents (like twisting an ankle or tripping), the majority are injuries that stem from muscle imbalances that can be avoided through specific strengthening work. We want you to be aware of this and make sure you do all that you can to complete your goal without injury.
For this reason we have set up a relationship with the physiotherapy team at Active Health to help your body be safely prepared for the next 10 weeks of training.
One of the best things you can do for you body either now or in the early stages of running is to get a Muscle Balance Test done. We honestly can't recommend this highly enough, especially if you have had injuries in the past! There is a cost but it will be money well spent. To book a Muscle Balance Test:
Phone: 03 383 6290
(let them know you are with Extra Mile Runners)
Ask for at appointment with Kate Horton or Bevan Lawson
Address: 545 Manchester Street
What to take with you to the assessment:
Appropriate exercise clothing
Pre-existing injuries or returning from injury
If you have a pre existing medical condition or have struggled in the past with injury, do seek advice from a medical professional before you start this programme.
If you are unsure as to whether you should do this programme, get in touch with us and we will send you the programme that you can show to your GP, physio, or other specialist you are working with so they can give you guidance on this.
We want you to be safe and use the programme in a way that is going to help your body grow and strengthen.