4 Simple Methods to Improve Consistency and Reduce Injuries. Interview with research expert John Davis

What is the key to improvement in running?

Most coaches would probably agree that the answer to that is consistency.

Consistency means both training regularly as well as staying healthy.

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

You have a goal race picked out and your training is going better than ever, including some PRs in tune-up races, only to suffer some minor but debilitating injury only weeks before race day. Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common scenario and you’re not alone if it’s happened to you.

Now, the question is – how do you avoid that?

John Davis, our RunnersConnect Head of Running Research, has had his fair share of injuries and setbacks to his training and racing. He started asking himself the question: “Why do runners get injured?” and began writing about it. He has come up with some interesting conclusions.

John generously shared his ideas on injury prevention and training with us. The key points of our discussion were:

  • How increasing one’s stride frequency can help reduce injuries and how to increase it
  • Hip strength and its connection to a number of running-related injuries
  • The concepts of aerobic and anaerobic threshold
  • Some key workouts to learn how these intensities feel rather than adhering to certain paces

We’d like to thank John very much for his time and wish him continued health as he returns to racing. (Ed. On February 7th, John bettered a 4-year-old indoor mile PR by running 4:25.11 at the Carleton Invite in Minnesota)

If any of John’s advice or comments resonate with you, please don’t hesitate to tell us. We’d also love to know what you think of our podcasts. You can leave a comment here or on our iTunes page. You can also leave us a voice message at (617) 356-7969. We look forward to your feedback and thanks for listening.

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Links and resources mentioned in this interview:

John’s book: “Modern Training and Physiology for long distance runners”

Changing Your Stride Frequency

What Is Lactate Threshold

The Oregon Project Stability Routine

How To Feel Your Pace

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2 Responses on “4 Simple Methods to Improve Consistency and Reduce Injuries. Interview with research expert John Davis

  1. This was an interesting podcast with some great information. It continues to amaze me that coaches and experts base cadence counts and VO2 levels on research done on professional athletes. I am curious how these charts would change for an average, middle-packer. John touched on this a bit when he said we had to be realistic about using race prediction charts but we are still basing our training information on research done on professional or faster runners.

    • What’s different physiologically between elite runners and middle of the pack runners? We’re all humans and thus share the same physiological makeup, limitations and bio-mechanic challenges. Interesting you asked because I plan to write a post about this soon. Just because someone runs faster than you doesn’t mean physiologically things are any different.

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