By Pablo Cervigni

In most cases, when learning of a musical instrument or writing when we are children we begin to learn the basics of it. The first thing our instructor, teacher or coach teaches us is the basic techniques of the most important components of the activity. Say, to write, how to take the pencil, you slowly lay out the letters learned between the lines in the role of task and as we get proficient in writing our speed is increasing, exposing our technique of writing as a stressor with time, and then the later years of primary school, volume increases. In our newsrooms we write stories where our efficiency of the skill of writing is exposed to a larger volume.

Likewise when you start to play the guitar for example … the location of the fingers to achieve the desired musical notes is slow at first to develop a particular technique for each. As the practice increases, more complicated notes are reached as increased speed makes it possible to reach a melody or song.

In sport, we find the same thing, if I want to learn to play tennis, the technique of the basic strokes must be acquired before you can add more intensity in the game, or more volume, otherwise it could lead to create poor patterns of movement, and even lead to injury.

However, when we look at running as a sport … it is thought to be an exception to the rule. The general thinking is that running is part of our being … our DNA … no need to learn to run, only be part of a group of runners that are very fashionable, buy very expensive running shoes, read 2 or 3 articles online training on periodization and now … I’m a “Runner”!

Through our seminars, we start from the basis that running is a skill that must be practiced, focusing on technique. If you deal with the neural components in the skill of running such as coordination, agility, balance and accuracy which are paramount in the development of skill, running efficiently allows for proper development of cardiorespiratory capacity, flexibility, localized muscle strength and power.

Developing the proper technique to run the stability of the body is central to the position.  You use gravity as the driving force and keep the recovery pull efficient by pulling straight up to avoid a drag foot and creating unnecessary levers.  Playing with gravity and efficiency will show you the possibility of running more effective, with fewer injuries and additional speed and power.

Once the skill is acquired to run, we use the stress of intensity to develop localized muscular strength and stamina without jeopardizing the ill effects of higher volume. Higher volume then becomes a byproduct of better running.

Priorities should be the same in running as learning any other skill or sport, where technique is the priority, then intensity, and then volume to allow the individual to develop a foundation of proper mechanics that they can build on to create their own masterpiece.