As a coach, over and over again I see that rest days are one of the hardest pieces of training to address. No matter the level of athlete, everyone wants to know what they can do to get better but the answer is not always what they expect.
With our busy lifestyles, goal driven pursuits, and a mentality which says more is always better, being more cognizant of taking rest days can be the one thing you do to help your training. What is a #restdaybrags? If you think this can’t possibly apply to you, read on.
Some days we feel like one ourselves and we often see runners around Green Lake who fit this description. Most runners are notoriously not good at stretching and if they do, it is often a hamstring and maybe if pressed, their calf muscles. We’ve had first hand experience recently and a welcome reminder about the importance of having a proper range of motion. Believe it or not, while lower body stretching is important, we are talking about upper back and shoulder mobility. This mobility is important to all types of activities but especially running. If you spend a majority of your day hunched over your computer and phone, what simple exercise can you do to help counteract this hunching?
The CoachLesley.com Orange Ogre Ultra Relay team took 2nd in division this year!
Once again CoachLesley.com participated in Ragnar Northwest Passage Relay this past July. We had both a regular (12 person) and an ultra (6 person) team running in the event. The CoachLesley.com Orange Ogres (our team name) has been participating in this event since 2011 and frankly it doesn’t seem like summer until we’ve had our Ragnar relay. This year, our Ultra Team took 2nd in their division. Congratulations to those runners!
What’s a Ragnar Relay? Ragnar Road Relays are all approximately 200 miles and the event lasts two days and one night. Regular teams have up to 12 people split evenly into two vans. Every person is responsible for running three legs of the race with each leg ranging between 2 and 10 miles for a total distance of 10 – 25 miles. Each person in a van takes a turn running and then that van hands off to the other van and gets to drive ahead to the next big exchange and rest. Sleep? Maybe! LOL.
As a coach, these types of relays are one of my favorite ways to bring in any level of athlete to explore the challenge this type of event provides. Even if you don’t consider yourself a runner, you can do one of these relays and have an absolute blast!
It’s a conspiracy here at CLA Team. We want to throw you into the deep end of a pool or into a lake!
Aqua Jogging or Deep-Water Running has been used as a rehab exercise for injured runners for a long time and even as a training tool in the elite fields. Only recently there has been an upsurge in research and information about how deep-water running or aqua jogging is a great workout in it’s own right. Any athlete looking to capitalize on building cardiovascular fitness minus the pounding effects of running can jump right on in and get started. As a form of cross training aqua jogging is the most specific to running. It closely mimics your running form while using most of the same muscles and more of your upper body. What do you need to know?