Train for your next running event and be stronger than ever

Coronavirus lockdown restrictions are easing in many countries and runners are finally able to test their mettle outside. However, as tempting as it is to navigate the roads and trails for hours on end, it may be wise to ease yourself back into the sport, especially with no races on the horizon.

Here are some tips to help you return to racing injury-free and faster than ever.

Don’t rush back into it

Avoid the temptation to rush back into your old programme. You might feel fresh and strong, but don’t be tempted to clock the same mileage or do the same volume of sprints as before. Your body might not be ready.

Most people pick up injuries because they do too much, too soon. Just because they’ve reached a certain level before the break in racing season, they automatically think they can get back to those same elevated ways straight away.

Reduce the number of kilometres and add some strength exercises to vary the load. It’s all about building that base again and getting the body right.

Strength training

Strength training is not always fun, hence why it is often neglected by people. We all want to do exercises that we are good at, instead of the ones that are going to improve our weaknesses.

People like to keep to what they are good at, instead of minimising those frail areas. Even putting aside a small amount of time to build on these things will benefit your training.

Another thing to incorporate is some activation work before going to the gym or running outside. Having those muscles firing quickly allows them to work more efficiently and reduces the risk of injury.

Mobility is key

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Bryson DeChambeau has bulked up but will he be able to muscle his way to more victories?

You may have noticed something different about Bryson DeChambeau when watching golf over the last two weeks.

He looks more like a prop in rugby than a linksman. He has spent just over a year bulking up in a bid to improve his driving distance. And the season pause amid the Covid-19 pandemic has provided further opportunity for the Dallas resident to pack on even more muscle.

The 26-year-old arrived at last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge, having put on nine kilograms since the middle of March. Over the course of the four days in Texas, he produced radar numbers that felt more like a long drive event.

He averaged 340 yards off the tee at Colonial and leads the PGA Tour in driving distance at 323.5 yards – 21 yards more than he averaged last season. Signs of serious progress after placing 34th for this discipline just eight months ago.

During the off-season, he felt like he needed more distance to compete with the bigger names and, to his credit, he has gained mass while maintaining flexibility and mobility. Finding that balance is one of the hardest things in golf.

The five-time PGA Tour winner finished eighth in the RBC Heritage over the weekend, shooting five-under par in the final round on Sunday. That added power means he has now placed 5th, 2nd, 4th, 3rd and 8th in his last five events. A stunning run of results.

Although Colonial and Harbour Town are tighter courses, his stamina will be tested on the longer, wider greens over time, starting on Thursday at TPC River Highlands. Carrying that excess weight means the body may not hold up as well. It will be interesting to see how he fares for the rest of the season.

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Novak Djokovic, wife Jelena test positive for COVID-19

BELGRADE, Serbia — Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic announced Tuesday he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus after he played in a series of exhibition matches he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic.

Raising questions about the full-fledged return of tennis, including the U.S. Open, planned for August, Djokovic is the fourth player to come down with COVID-19 after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia.

The others were three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.

“We believed the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good condition to finally unite people for philanthropic reasons,” Djokovic said in a posting on social media Tuesday. “We were wrong and it was too soon.”

The rest of his Adria Tour, which was supposed to head to Bosnia next, was called off.

“Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were,” Djokovic said in a statement released earlier. “I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.”

Djokovic, who stands third in the history of men’s tennis with 17 Grand Slam singles titles, has been in the news frequently in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak, which led to the suspension of the ATP and WTA professional tennis tours in March. Plans were announced last week for the sport’s sanctioned events to return in August.

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