Get Off the Road
All things being equal – we choose the most convenient option. It’s human nature.
A large majority of our world, at least the city world, is covered in cement.
So, if you’re like me – most of your running is done in good ole cement.
Truth is, this is probably just fine. We have yet to have a high quality research study, that actually shows a change in injury rate when running trails, or roads, or grass.
But -let’s not take this too far – just because we haven’t had a study tell is that there’s no correlation, doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea to mix it up.
There’s many logical reasons to get off the road, outside of keeping your sanity.
Running trails really helps build ankle strength and also full body coordination.
When running trails you are constantly scanning the ground, and making minor (or major!) body position adaptions to the changing environment. The trails are rarely straight and thus again you have to maneuver in ways you don’t on roads. Plus there are roots, and rocks, and stumps, and twigs; that constantly challenge and change your foot position when it bears weight. This wakes up the muscles in your foot and shins to help them gain strength. They tell your brain “REMEMBER ME??” It usually does, although it may take a while.
Running on grass does this as well.
Grass is actually softer than trails, and of course roads. So it’s a place you want to be somewhat careful when getting started. (1 time a week is plenty for starters.) It really forces you to create stability through your entire body. If you have trouble with this then it will feel as though there is a ‘lag’ in your stride, or like you can’t find that ‘pop.’ After a few times running on grass this should improve – due to the increased strength. A few striders on grass is a great way to train this!
Go ahead – get off the road. Explore. Connect with nature. Find some beauty. It’s fun!
Don’t have the fortune to get to a trail?
You can also simulate different surfaces with different shoes. Older shoes, newer shoes, softer shoes, and bluer shoes!
I usually run in a myriad of different shoes (Adios, kinvara, distancia, pure cadence, and hagio.) I know not everyone wants to have a shoe department in their home, but a few different shoes will serve your feet, and body well.
Drew Deppen, D.C. Licensed Chiropractor
As your Boston Back Bay Chiropractor, Dr. Deppen takes pride in the diversity of his practice. He has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic medalists to the everyday active person, Dr. Deppen’s Boston practice uses the most current evidence-based treatment protocols. He has a deep interest in Rehabilitation strategies, Vojta Therapy or Dynamic Neuromusclar Stabilization, McKenzie Method Protocol, Active Release Technique, Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Kinesiology. Dr. Deppen is also the only Chiropractor in Boston Back Bay with McKenzie certification credentials. Additionally, Dr. Deppen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA Track and Field Certified Coach. Research has proven that both chiropractic manipulation and exercise are the gold standard for spine pain. Dr. Deppen's combination of Chiropractic, McKenzie Method, and Strength Coach experience is a powerful combination for patients.
Dr. Deppen grew up in Chicago, Illinois. As a young athlete, Dr. Deppen was fortunate enough to work with a local chiropractor for many years while in high school. From there, Drew went to Eckerd College, graduating with Honors with a degree in Biology and Chemisty. While at Eckerd, Dr. Deppen played volleyball and captained the team under Coach Dexter Rodgers, a former silver medalist.
Dr. Deppen then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated magna cum laude. Palmer is the oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school in the world. While at Palmer, Dr. Deppen developed a love for endurance sports: running, cycling, and triathlons. Since then, Dr. Deppen has completed multiple Ironman events, and every distance from a 10K through 100-mile road races.
As a way to couple Dr. Deppen’s love of running and desire to help out in the community, he started coaching and working with a local high school while in Chicago. He had the pleasure to coach high school athletes in both Cross Country and Track and Field for three years and in this time frame, helped coach and develop three NCAA Division I and four NCAA Division III athletes, as well as six Illinois All-State athletes.
During this same time, Dr. Deppen also worked with many beginner and amateur runners, both high school age and adults looking to participate in road running. Often times, Dr. Deppen’s patients have asked him to help them learn how to run or train for a marathon. Some of Dr. Deppen's most memorable moments from running lie in this arena: helping others find the love and joy of running and chiropractic to change their lives.
Dr. Deppen truly values the integrative approach offered at OMBE Integrative Health Center. He has seen how multiple disciplines together can create a unique approach to health and overall wellness. He looks forward to answering any questions you may have for him about chiropractic in a complimentary consult.
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