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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I’m Julia. What has running taught me to appreciate? The mountains. Sunrises. An empty road. Community. My body. The process. To name a few.
But most importantly, inner strength.
At the ripe old age of 29, when it felt like the world was closing in around me, I decided to ‘just’ go for a run. I ran around my then neighbourhood, Hout Bay, every day for months. I was given a 2 Oceans Half marathon entry the night before the race & I steamed in at 2:20 fist pumping the air whilst simultaneously doing a mid-air ankle bop (You know the one). Running for me was about conquering fears & enjoying the inexplainable high that one feels post run.As a long time surfer, I have an innate respect for the ocean. I did not have this respect for the mountains, until entering Silvermine. Finishing with a feeling of a knife cutting into my knee, my journey with my long last friend ITB commenced. The last 6 years have been a struggle. I continued to run, with greater respect for the mountains, but I had no peace. A peace where body & mind can rest easily accepting the present state, whether it is feeling pain or pleasure. On a road, in the silence of mountains, or simply just doing Daily Movement. The Run Project has enlightened me to this. And with that peace, a quiet confidence in who I am has reawakened. More importantly, the coaches have illuminated the intricate workings of my body, for which I have a deeper respect. I FINALLY feel I am healing and have never felt this strong! I have come to a raw realisation that I am my worst enemy. I thought comparing myself to other runners is challenging, especially with social media. It’s  not nearly as damaging as the competition I’ve had to beat myself. I’ve had to take a step back & under the kind, careful, dedicated supervision of my coach, I have become conscious that it’s an intricate process. The body & mind connection goes far beyond the endorphin rush we experience. Training is step-wise & all about listening to your body – that’s where the endurance lies. Listening. Accepting. Trying new things. With grace rather than scrutiny. This attitude that has transformed my running.
“Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”
I’m Julia. What has running taught me to appreciate? The mountains. Sunrises. An empty road. Community. My body. The process. To name a few. But most importantly, inner strength. At the ripe old age of 29, when it felt like the world was closing in around me, I decided to ‘just’ go for a run. I ran around my then neighbourhood, Hout Bay, every day for months. I was given a 2 Oceans Half marathon entry the night before the race & I steamed in at 2:20 fist pumping the air whilst simultaneously doing a mid-air ankle bop (You know the one). Running for me was about conquering fears & enjoying the inexplainable high that one feels post run.As a long time surfer, I have an innate respect for the ocean. I did not have this respect for the mountains, until entering Silvermine. Finishing with a feeling of a knife cutting into my knee, my journey with my long last friend ITB commenced. The last 6 years have been a struggle. I continued to run, with greater respect for the mountains, but I had no peace. A peace where body & mind can rest easily accepting the present state, whether it is feeling pain or pleasure. On a road, in the silence of mountains, or simply just doing Daily Movement. The Run Project has enlightened me to this. And with that peace, a quiet confidence in who I am has reawakened. More importantly, the coaches have illuminated the intricate workings of my body, for which I have a deeper respect. I FINALLY feel I am healing and have never felt this strong! I have come to a raw realisation that I am my worst enemy. I thought comparing myself to other runners is challenging, especially with social media. It’s not nearly as damaging as the competition I’ve had to beat myself. I’ve had to take a step back & under the kind, careful, dedicated supervision of my coach, I have become conscious that it’s an intricate process. The body & mind connection goes far beyond the endorphin rush we experience. Training is step-wise & all about listening to your body – that’s where the endurance lies. Listening. Accepting. Trying new things. With grace rather than scrutiny. This attitude that has transformed my running. “Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”
Introducing John!
I joined the RunProject after hammering my body into the ground for too long & being injured on & off throughout 2017 & just believing that this was all part of running long distances on the mountain. Had I known then, what I know now, I could have saved myself a lot of frustration, medical bills & actually arriving at a race start line both physically & mentally healthy.
At the RunProject you have 2 incredible people, namely Monty and Meg who live & breathe all things running & understand what it takes to train, work, race & have a social life all at the same time.
My experience with the RunProject so far has been one of immense learning. Like anything in life in order to improve and get better, you have to put in the work & build consistency, but you need to do this in a smart & sustainable manner & this is where the RunProject magic comes in.
I’ve learned (and am still learning) to value the process of incremental improvements daily, weekly and monthly and to not just focus on running specific times at races. With this shift in mindset, I’m actually running better than I have ever before, running more frequently, enjoying my running more & race results are now simply a by-product of being consistent in my training, eating and sleeping. If someone had told me a little over a year ago that my primary focus should be on the process of training & letting races be a celebration of that training, I would have smiled politely & then in my head said to myself “this person doesn’t know what they are talking about” – When I look back at this approach, I am so happy that I was so wrong & so grateful that TRP has helped me find another happier and a healthier way to engage in an activity that is innate in all of us human beings. 
Joining the RunProject has given me a fresh perspective on not only running but also on life & I genuinely believe that through my continued engagements with Monty and Meg that I am becoming a more fulfilled & content human both on and off the mountain. I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for me & their continued guidance and support.
Introducing John! I joined the RunProject after hammering my body into the ground for too long & being injured on & off throughout 2017 & just believing that this was all part of running long distances on the mountain. Had I known then, what I know now, I could have saved myself a lot of frustration, medical bills & actually arriving at a race start line both physically & mentally healthy. At the RunProject you have 2 incredible people, namely Monty and Meg who live & breathe all things running & understand what it takes to train, work, race & have a social life all at the same time. My experience with the RunProject so far has been one of immense learning. Like anything in life in order to improve and get better, you have to put in the work & build consistency, but you need to do this in a smart & sustainable manner & this is where the RunProject magic comes in. I’ve learned (and am still learning) to value the process of incremental improvements daily, weekly and monthly and to not just focus on running specific times at races. With this shift in mindset, I’m actually running better than I have ever before, running more frequently, enjoying my running more & race results are now simply a by-product of being consistent in my training, eating and sleeping. If someone had told me a little over a year ago that my primary focus should be on the process of training & letting races be a celebration of that training, I would have smiled politely & then in my head said to myself “this person doesn’t know what they are talking about” – When I look back at this approach, I am so happy that I was so wrong & so grateful that TRP has helped me find another happier and a healthier way to engage in an activity that is innate in all of us human beings.  Joining the RunProject has given me a fresh perspective on not only running but also on life & I genuinely believe that through my continued engagements with Monty and Meg that I am becoming a more fulfilled & content human both on and off the mountain. I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for me & their continued guidance and support.