Thirdly, are your muscles, tendons and ligaments strong enough for hours of hitting the road and trails? For example, it's amazing how many runners have weak calf muscles. Weak calf muscles will mean compensating in other areas which often lead to foot and hip issues.
We will, as with mobility, establish any weakness in the muscle structures used for running and use simple, home based exercises to strengthen them.
Fourthly, an area of particular interest to me is the role of the Psoas muscle in running. Imagine a muscle that links the top, front of your thigh to your diaphragm passing through the front of the pelvis. During long term sitting this muscle becomes short and dysfuntional. It then affects your breathing and your hip stability. By releasing this muscle, it allows a greater movement to the diaphragm, increasing the amount you can breathe and therefore to perform better as a runner. I have been very excited at the outcomes runners have felt by releasing this muscle. As the only muscle that connects the legs to the upper body, when it is released, it can feel like you have a whole new freedom to the way you move. A truly fascinating and vital part of the running machine. Always worth exploring whoever you are!