John F Kennedy over 40 years ago outlined the current challenge to family fitness and gave us the solution.
“Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security”
“We do not want in the United States a nation of spectators. We want a nation of participants in the vigorous life. This is not a
matter which can be settled, of course, from Washington. It is really a matter which starts with each individual family…”
Two River’s Treads and Freedom’s Run are about community. Culture and behavior change will need to grow out of our community and individual
families, but with the proper knowledge and tools.
Thank you for the opportunity to share advice and experience with fellow runners, walkers, and fitness enthusiasts. If you are training
for an event, striving to improve your health and fitness, desire to experience less discomfort in your endurance activity, or a military
member trying to improve on your PT test –then read on. Although this article focuses mostly on running, the principles apply to all
endurance activity. Most of us understand you must train if you wish to run well and for greater distances. What is mostly ignored
in running is the concept of practice. Imagine if you take up golf and were told to get buckets of balls and each week hit more balls
harder in hope that the result would be effortless and precise rounds of golf. Or you desire to finish a triathlon with limited swim
skills and hope to get better in the water just by fighting it harder each day. Seems crazy for these sports, yet we allow runners
to “just go run” with more and harder miles until something breaks down.
We are going to introduce you to practice for running. Practice is fun as you see more relaxed movement develop, painless efficiency,
speed improvement, and confidence. So how do we practice for running?
- Understand and fully develop the aerobic system (the engine)
- Learn good form from the start (the efficiency and aerodynamics)
- Understand the principles of Stability and Mobility for running (the chassis)
- Get in tune with your feet and learn how the shoe matters
- Do simple and fun drills
- Practice hydration and nutrition for your event and for life
- Putting it all together for an endurance event
“Keep everything as simple as possible….but not one bit simpler” was Albert Einstein’s approach. I will try in this article to help
simplify many confusing, although not complex concepts.