Run like Vladimir Darida

Berlin – True Bundesliga fans will be well aware of Vladimir Darida’s running ability. The Czech international covers an incredible distance game-in, game-out, picking up loose balls, getting into space or igniting counterattacks. Hertha’s number six now holds the Bundesliga record for number of kilometres ran in a single game: Vladimir Darida covered an incredible 14.65 km during Hertha’s recent trip to Borussia Dortmund; a personal and Bundesliga best. “Vladi has always been a running machine,” said Hertha’s fitness coach, Henrik Kuchno. “What’s special about him, however, is that, as well as the distance he covers, he also does an incredible number of sprints. And, above all, he can do that back-to-back in a double gameweek!” It’s worth looking back at his statistics to appreciate the season he’s had. Vladimir Darida occupies each of the top four places in the Bundesliga record books, followed by Iver Fossum in fifth place. And, most impressively, his top three distances have all been achieved since the restart!

  1. Vladimir Darida: 14.65 km (Dortmund vs. Hertha BSC, 06/06/20)
  2. Vladimir Darida: 14.52 km (Hertha BSC vs. Leverkusen, 20/06/20)
  3. Vladimir Darida: 14.34 km (Hertha BSC vs. Augsburg, 30/05/20)
  4. Vladimir Darida: 14.16 km (Hamburg vs. Hertha BSC, 17/03/18)
  5. Iver Fossum: 14.06 km (Hannover vs. Wolfsburg, 01/03/16)

However, Vladimir Darida has much more to his game than just his running ability. His technical and playmaking qualities make him an extremely important player for the Blue-Whites. The fact that he has a such a great work rate, despite his ability as a playmaker, says a lot about his attitude and mentality as a player: “Vladi keeps himself in shape, he does a lot of work on his body: maintenance, rest, diet. And he always gives it 100% in training as well,” said Henrik Kuchno.

Henrik Kuchno has prepared a few tips to help you improve your long-distance running:

  • Medical check-ups: not just for untrained runners.
  • Performance tests: Sports medicine institutes advise runners to make sure they have the correct running technique. Lots of runners overwork themselves and simply run too quickly.
  • The right training plan: there’s lots of useful material available online.