Running, a pure sport

Running & maintaining your body

Running is a very pure sport. You do it all by yourself, nothing to hide behind. No bike you sit on, no ball you run after and no opponents you have to work against. The downside is that running is one of the sports where you get injured the fastest. It is therefore very important to listen carefully to your body and to have it properly cared for. In this blog, I want to break the line for ‘De Auxiliary Troops’.

The masseuse

First of all there is the masseuse who (thank God) lives in my street, takes care of my monthly 300 km turn and is also always ready for the first-aid-with-unfortunate-many-walked-aches. Jammed calves, crookedness of the SI joint sore muscles, she does not turn her hand around it and after an hour of infernal pain I am completely new again.

The physical therapist

For the more severe injuries, I blindly trust my physiotherapist. An absolute crazy man and always focused on getting you back on track as quickly as possible. Where a doctor would say: ‘Just sit with your leg up for 6 weeks’, he will ensure that you (wherever possible) can train fine. He is a true artist with the well-known colored Kinesiotape and I often come from with a nice piece of art on my leg.

The manual therapist

This spring I met the manual therapist for the first time. Unbelievable what this artist can do with your body and it is wonderful to see how, with the help of his own body, he brings all the parts that have come out of line to the right place.

You do it yourself but not alone!

I have personally experienced how much you expect from your body when you train for a marathon. Even though you stretch and stretch so well, the ointments cannot be dragged on and there are more ice packs in the freezer than food .. sometimes the skilled hands of the heroes mentioned above are needed to keep you walking.

So people, you have to do running yourself, but not on your own. Invest in the auxiliary troops and I predict you will enjoy running with minimal injuries!

Running well against stress. Or…

So I suddenly had a whole lot of stress this spring. Something with a new job  that wasn’t quite what I expected … or rather not at all. During these periods I am always grateful that I am a runner.

After all, running is good against stress and there was a lot of stress so I ran a lot and often and fast. And when it didn’t help, I walked a little further. While running I would really get my head clear and calm down …. I thought … nothing could be further from the truth.

Cortiwattus .. ??

As I stepped up the miles week after week, I slept worse than I already did and I felt more and more restless. I didn’t get it at all. Until someone pointed out to me that with all those long distances I could raise my stress hormone Cortisol. Cortiwattus .. ?? I had never really heard of it. After some google it suddenly became painfully clear to me that this could really be the cause of my unrest.

Oooh … Cortisol!

Cortisol is a hormone that is produced under both physical and psychological stress. It ensures that your body is in the highest state of readiness and that you are alert. Our body sees running as ‘fleeing’ and when there has to be a flight there is a certain danger and so we make Cortisol. Add that to the Cortisol that was probably already in my body because of the psychological stress and you will get a good night’s sleep.

Enjoy in moderation

After a week in which I didn’t run at all, I started small laps again. No distances of 20-30 km but just ‘small’ pieces of about 10 km. I feel that it is good for me. I return home happy and full of energy and sleep better and better. Listening to my body is the motto for the coming time. Walk, but take it easy. Running is actually like so many things that are addictive … enjoy, but in moderation!

Running (isn’t) fun?

Running is (almost) always possible

There are more and more: runners. Because, it’s so nice and easy. You only need a good pair of running shoes and you can get started at any time of the week. Whether you have a lot or a little time, running is (almost) always possible.

But do you like it too?

If I asked you if you really like running, what is your answer? Do you particularly like it afterwards: satisfied that you have achieved that performance again, that you have worked up a sweat. Don’t be ashamed to admit that you honestly see running more as an obligation than as a relaxed way to move. Obligation as in: a better condition or a counterweight to the existing existence.

Relaxed running: it is really possible

Enjoying, enthusiastic runners, of course they exist – I have been one for years. But after protracted injuries came the realization that it can also be done differently. More relaxed and less focused on performance. Not by reducing my speed or walking distance. By learning to walk in a different way: consciously running or chi-running . Two names for the same approach.

Running with relaxation as a starting point, that’s fun

For me it was a true eye-opener: walking with relaxation as the starting point. So consciously relaxed, although that is pretty strenuous in the beginning. But that applies to all the new things you learn. You may have seen a conscious runner. One that does not lift its legs and places it forward, but which, as it were, lifts its lower legs back and simply drops its feet on the ground again. Does it sound cryptic? Then have a look at this youtube video and you see what i mean.

I can heartily recommend it to all those teeth-grinding, sweaty and rattling runners who want it to be different. From experience. My profit: no more complaints. More fun. And yes, more relaxation.