I'm currently suffering a few muscle injuries from recent races, and briefly found myself, dare I say it, a little less in love with running. A few tough races knocked my confidence, and the pain (and the fear that the pain would get worse) left me a bit flat. Thankfully - with the help of Run Dem Crew and a whole lot of positive energy and good advice - my mind is back in the game (and my legs are getting there too). More than ever though, I'm noticing the difference between good runs and bad runs, along with what makes a difference, so I thought I'd go ahead and share some tips. Whilst these won't necessarily work for everyone, if you're struggling, I'd say these 6 tricks will go some way to improving your run - through both a performance and enjoyment perspective.
The first time I suffered calf pain, I quaffed at the idea that a measly tubular bandage would have any real impact. 6 months down the line, I wouldn't dream of running without one (and will be running Hackney Half with one doubled up on each ankle). Straps, tape, bandages...all very effective. If you've got injuries, aches or pains, take it easy but strap yourself up!! Also, Deep Heat and Deep Freeze - use them correctly and those too are very effective.