There are so many reasons stability is important in running, but I chose to write a bit on three of those reasons for today’s Wednesday Word.
When you think of stability and running, chances are your thoughts turn to running shoes. Because some runners need stability shoes: some runners enjoy the support they get from stability shoes.
Change Brings About Stability
It seems like stability (the property of a body that causes it when disturbed from a condition of equilibrium or steady motion to develop forces or moments that restore the original condition) is a highly desirable state.
But that doesn’t mean that we don’t change, in fact, it means quite the opposite, as the above quote implies: in order to change, we actually need to have challenges in our lives. The right challenges will actually lead you back to a strong — or even stronger! — performance.
Like I wrote about last week in My Triumphant Return to Running.
Single Leg Stability
Then there’s the fact that as runners single leg stability is extremely important.
Think about what running involves: you’re not jumping forward with both feet, right? At least I hope you’re not, cause that would be highly entertaining! And probably exhausting.
Basically, you are hopping from one foot to another, and it’s important that the foot on the ground is stable. That’s why single leg exercises (squats, lunges, deadlifts, etc.) are so important for runners. They may even help you prevent a lot of common injures.
Here are a few resources to help you add single leg drills to your strength training:
- The Importance of Single Leg Balance
- Single-Leg Drills for Balanced Running
- Strength Training for Runners
- All in the Balance
- The Tomahawk Medicine Ball Workout
As you can see, stability in running is important on many different levels.
Why do you think stability is important to running?