Let’s talk gut health. Not a sexy topic, but a relevant one. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the GI tract is not only important for the absorption of food, but it has links to mental health and overall well-being as well.
I have the calves of a Springbok prop. They are neither particularly feminine nor exactly suited to long distance running. Really, they are more of a curse than a blessing. And yes, I’m talking about shin splints. It’s an injury that plagues many runners, especially those who are new to the sport and looking to build up their mileage.
I’m on a mission to hit the reset button. I need to take a holistic view and make the necessary lifestyle changes to optimise my overall health and wellness. I’m super excited to be partnering with nutrition guru Patrick Holford to bring you an adaptation of his “Six weeks to Superhealth” program, in my attempt to do just that.
6am: Feed the one-year-old his cereal. His love of food is matched only by his love of new-found mobility. By the end of the meal he’s consumed about half the bowl. The rest covers his face from chin to hairline (“There’s Something about Mary” style) and is spread over various items of furniture in the lounge.
I realised early on that only intense strengthening of the stabilisers around my hip joint would help to protect it and prevent me constantly re-injuring it. Contrary to my suspicions it turns out my butt is, in fact, a muscle - what a relief! And getting it working again was going to be the key to overcoming this injury.
By adding pre-determined walking intervals I was running faster during my run splits and walking faster during my “breaks” as well. I feel that this strategy is a safe and effective way to start running when you are starting from the couch. It allows you to build up mileage slowly while decreasing your risk of injury.