5 Run Tips BEFORE You Start Training

Whether you are just beginning to run or you are a veteran marathoner, proper training techniques are essential to your running success. Here are five tips before you start your run training program:

  1. Footwear:  A key ingredient to running success and injury prevention is is the right pair of shoes.   I recommend buying your shoes from an establishment that deals with runners specifically.  There are several reputable retailers in the Metairie and New Orleans area that can help you find the shoes best designed to accommodate your individual needs.
  1. Have a plan: Everyone has heard of the “terrible twos”.  In the running world it is the terrible “toos”, referring to too much, too soon, and too often. If you have an established plan for your run/ workout you are less likely to fall victim to the “terrible toos”.  Fortunately, you have a great coach in Chaz Caiado and a proven NOTC running program that we feel will be specific, efficient and effective in helping you achieve your goals.
  1. Warm-up: Before beginning any exercise activity proper warm-up is imperative.  I recommend a dynamic warm-up when preparing for your run.  Here is your dynamic warm-up.
      1. Cool Down: Cooling down and stretching after your run is as important as your warm-up.  So be sure not to skimp on this.  It is at this point where you are going to benefit more from the static stretching.  Stay tuned for our next post which will include the Cool Down video.
      1. Listen to your body: It is so exciting when you start to get the hang of the running thing that often you don’t want to stop.  Don’t ignore the signs. Pain that you feel during activity and pain that lingers after you have stopped that activity is indications that you may be in the beginning stages of injury. If this happens do the following:
        • Give your body a break. Take a couple of days off to rest. Then try to return to running. If the pain is gone, gradually resume your prior running schedule.
        • If not, contact us! That is what we are here for. To give you the advice you need to keep you on the road and on your way to race day.

That should be enough to get you started!  If you want a little jump start on your training, you might consider BRIOFIT, our strategically planned, highly-evolved, full-body training program. Join Team BRIO’s performance specialists for comprehensive workouts aimed to improve how you feel, move and perform. BRIOFIT will add vitality and energy (BRIO) to your life. Contact us today to get started!

Knee Surgery Didn’t Stop Her From Running

Hitting the Pavement after Knee Surgery

For the past three years, I have enjoyed running to stay fit and healthy! I started experiencing intense knee pain which became unbearable and affected routine activities like walking up stairs. It was hard to go for a run or workout without serious pain. I had no cartilage in my knee and was told surgery was required. After surgery, my doctor told me I had a 50% chance of running again. It just depended on how my recovery went. I was nervous because I wanted so badly to be able to run again.

Starting Physical Therapy at Baudry Therapy Center

Choosing a PT place was a big deal for me. I wanted to be sure I was going to the best of the best. Walking into BTC on crutches, I never would have thought I would be where I was five weeks in. The therapists went out of their way to make sure I was getting the best treatment plan. I’m not going to lie and say it was easy because I did have my ups and downs, but I definitely had more ups than downs. I can be very hard on myself and when I wasn’t on track and getting were I needed to be quickly, my therapists were there to tell me to be patient. A major surgery requires time and when you don’t rush the recovery, your outcome is ten times better. I can’t thank my therapist enough for being the positive light I needed during my recovery.

Many people don’t realize how beneficial PT can be. I sure didn’t. If I could talk to everyone about it and let them know how much better life can be rather than dealing with the pain, I would. For the longest time I “just dealt with it” but there comes a time when enough is enough. I can say 110% that Baudry Therapy Center helped me return to running.