We are now at the time of year when lots of you will be doing 5k and 10k runs as well as really getting into your training for the Ealing Half Marathon in September so this is the first in a series of articles to help you run and train effectively over the coming weeks and months.
In this post we are going to look at what a proper warm up should look like!
A lot of runners simply don’t do a proper warm up or just start their run with a “slow jog” before picking up the pace or , even worse, don’t do any warm up at all and just go straight into their run.
This is a recipe for disaster, potentially leading to pulled muscles, as well as other injuries. The purpose of a structured warm up is to prepare the body for what it is about to do and, by warming up correctly, you minimise the chances of injuries occurring.
You can view a short 4 min video here of me taking you through a running warm-up routine which you can do anywhere, immediately before you start your training run (whatever the distance).
This is just a snippet of a more detailed and longer warm up routine but if you follow this video every time you run you will increase your chances of staying injury free and actually feeling better about your running.
When you finish this short warm up drill you should be breathing a little heavier and your lower body muscles will be warmed up correctly for your run, so you are ready to go!