Strength and MObility training

A combination of modern lifestyles and poor training has left many athletes susceptible to injury and sub-optimal performances. Spending hours in front of a computer screen, sitting in a car commuting to and from work, rushing off for an hour hard run before finally sitting back down to watch television in the evening is hardly the stimulus your body needs to maintain good function and movement quality.

It is therefore hardly surprising that the majority of runners spend as much time injured as they do actually running. In fact as runners, we have almost come to believe that this is the norm. At The Run Project, we look to address this issue by making people aware of their lifestyle choices, improving the structure of their training and assisting them in regaining better movement quality and control through strength and mobility work.

As with anything training related, there is no one size fits all model but there are sound principles that we look to incorporate in all our strength programs. We also have access to incredibly knowledgeable strength coaches as well as chiropractors and physiotherapists and try work closely with them in areas where we ourselves have less knowledge or expertise. Injuries and chronic pain do not have to be synonymous with running and we are firmly of the belief that we can help you in this journey of achieving pain free, happy and sustainable running.

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Meet this week’s runner, Jackie!

Hi, I’m Jackie. My trail running journey started in 2016 after moving to Mauritius. I have always been active and played many different sports throughout the years. Unfortunately, the squash scene in Mauritius isn’t very big so I decided to sign up for a 10km trail race in January 2016. I had never run trails before as I previously had lived on an island that was flat with a highest point of 40ft above sea level. After not running on hills for over 8 years, the mountains in Mauritius were a challenge but as the saying goes ‘the bug had bitten’. I had a fantastic first season running only the shorter trail races and in 2017 I decided to up the challenge by running the longer ones. I did really well and found the longer races more enjoyable than the shorter ones and I loved every minute of it. Unfortunately, my love turned a little obsessive and at the beginning of 2018, I ended up with two major injuries which sidelined me for pretty much the entire 2018 racing season. Both injuries were a result of poor training methods or rather the lack of any training method whatsoever. I had some deep dark moments in 2018 and Meg and James were able to help me get back on track and help me change my perspective about racing. I was definitely suffering from the ‘harder-faster-every-run’ mentality and Meg and James gently steered me towards a more holistic and healthier take on running and racing. Yes, the first few months of base training were agony and frustrating to say the least, but I now know that you can get faster and stronger through better training methods and by dumping the notion of harder faster every time you put your running shoes on. Although 2018 threw me many curveballs with both injury and illness I always knew I had a team on the sidelines who were routing for me when the self-doubt started to creep in. Meg and James are super supportive and have a wealth of experience; I just needed to take a deep breath and start listening to them as well as my body. 2018 was a learning year and boy did it teach me a few lessons, however the best decision I made was to join The Run Project team with Meg and James. 
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Meet this week’s runner, Jackie! Hi, I’m Jackie. My trail running journey started in 2016 after moving to Mauritius. I have always been active and played many different sports throughout the years. Unfortunately, the squash scene in Mauritius isn’t very big so I decided to sign up for a 10km trail race in January 2016. I had never run trails before as I previously had lived on an island that was flat with a highest point of 40ft above sea level. After not running on hills for over 8 years, the mountains in Mauritius were a challenge but as the saying goes ‘the bug had bitten’. I had a fantastic first season running only the shorter trail races and in 2017 I decided to up the challenge by running the longer ones. I did really well and found the longer races more enjoyable than the shorter ones and I loved every minute of it. Unfortunately, my love turned a little obsessive and at the beginning of 2018, I ended up with two major injuries which sidelined me for pretty much the entire 2018 racing season. Both injuries were a result of poor training methods or rather the lack of any training method whatsoever. I had some deep dark moments in 2018 and Meg and James were able to help me get back on track and help me change my perspective about racing. I was definitely suffering from the ‘harder-faster-every-run’ mentality and Meg and James gently steered me towards a more holistic and healthier take on running and racing. Yes, the first few months of base training were agony and frustrating to say the least, but I now know that you can get faster and stronger through better training methods and by dumping the notion of harder faster every time you put your running shoes on. Although 2018 threw me many curveballs with both injury and illness I always knew I had a team on the sidelines who were routing for me when the self-doubt started to creep in. Meg and James are super supportive and have a wealth of experience; I just needed to take a deep breath and start listening to them as well as my body. 2018 was a learning year and boy did it teach me a few lessons, however the best decision I made was to join The Run Project team with Meg and James. #therunproject
Meet this week’s runner, Dillon!

Hi I’m Dill.
My journey as a runner began, when to the great surprise of myself & everyone else, I won the u13 800m at prep school. But like most South African school boys, my primary focus was rugby. With a build closer to Frodo Baggins than Schalk Burger my efforts on the field were met with more hand-offs than success.
From 2010 to 2013 I suffered with crippling chronic patella tendonitis. Taking stairs was searing agony & without the ability to move freely, I felt like a large piece of my identity & wellbeing had been stripped. After many hours (& Rands) of Specialists, Physios, injections, & eventually a knee op I began delving into correct body movement patterns (sore knee = stiff ankles, tight hips and sleepy glutes).
Adhering to a practice of re-training my mind-muscle connections, my knees slowly healed. I evolved into a stronger, more self-aware athlete. A need to really test my body gnawed at me. And after cracking an entry into Otter 2017,I set myself the stretched goal of going sub-5. I enlisted the help of a coach who built a program but cautioned that sub-5.30 was more realistic. I never missed a workout & poured every ounce of effort into each session. Race day unfolded to plan & I crossed the tape in 4.56. I was stoked. But shortly after I felt hollow. I’d hit my audacious goal - so what?
I became detached from running & last year I immigrated to London. Being a stones throw from the iconic Euro Sky Races & UTMB got me pumped again. But I was turned off reliving another monotonouslot& depleting training schedule. Following Meg’s epic performance during the Golden Series, led me to the Run Project.And their training philosophy clicked with me. I’ve been with them 5 short months, in this time I’ve run a Half PB (1.18), Marathon PB (2.44) & put out one of my best trail performances. But the most important thing for me has been a fundamental shift in my relationship with running. I’m no longer obsessed with numbers & don’t try crush every workout.I do this because I enjoy it & I want to experience my world in different way.My favorite bit of running advice came from Meg when asking how best to taper: “laugh a lot
Meet this week’s runner, Dillon! Hi I’m Dill. My journey as a runner began, when to the great surprise of myself & everyone else, I won the u13 800m at prep school. But like most South African school boys, my primary focus was rugby. With a build closer to Frodo Baggins than Schalk Burger my efforts on the field were met with more hand-offs than success. From 2010 to 2013 I suffered with crippling chronic patella tendonitis. Taking stairs was searing agony & without the ability to move freely, I felt like a large piece of my identity & wellbeing had been stripped. After many hours (& Rands) of Specialists, Physios, injections, & eventually a knee op I began delving into correct body movement patterns (sore knee = stiff ankles, tight hips and sleepy glutes). Adhering to a practice of re-training my mind-muscle connections, my knees slowly healed. I evolved into a stronger, more self-aware athlete. A need to really test my body gnawed at me. And after cracking an entry into Otter 2017,I set myself the stretched goal of going sub-5. I enlisted the help of a coach who built a program but cautioned that sub-5.30 was more realistic. I never missed a workout & poured every ounce of effort into each session. Race day unfolded to plan & I crossed the tape in 4.56. I was stoked. But shortly after I felt hollow. I’d hit my audacious goal - so what? I became detached from running & last year I immigrated to London. Being a stones throw from the iconic Euro Sky Races & UTMB got me pumped again. But I was turned off reliving another monotonouslot& depleting training schedule. Following Meg’s epic performance during the Golden Series, led me to the Run Project.And their training philosophy clicked with me. I’ve been with them 5 short months, in this time I’ve run a Half PB (1.18), Marathon PB (2.44) & put out one of my best trail performances. But the most important thing for me has been a fundamental shift in my relationship with running. I’m no longer obsessed with numbers & don’t try crush every workout.I do this because I enjoy it & I want to experience my world in different way.My favorite bit of running advice came from Meg when asking how best to taper: “laugh a lot"