I sat down to chat with Matt Hensley, Founder & Head Coach of Boulder Underground. Matt is a good friend from University of Florida Track days who has become well known for his success in coaching runners across the whole spectrum of performance. I've always looked up to Matt as a runner because he was able to train very hard year after year and make himself into a successful collegiate runner and now 2:19 marathoner (I think he has raced 30 marathons already). His success in coaching follows as he's learned what works and what doesn't and how that is different for different people.
We discuss the role of supplemental training in the context of injury risk reduction and performance as well as how we can best focus our time and energy.
“It can be daunting for runners to choose what supplemental activities they should prioritize to help recover from an injury or minimize the risk of another injury.
Focus on the fundamentals: work with a coach to develop a sensible training progression to manage your running load and integrate some basic strength and conditioning. From there you can layer strategies to address your individual risk factors based on previous injuries, biomechanics, or weaknesses.
Remember, running is be about running. Keep it simple.” - Kurt