As runners, we love to run. Right?!?
We don’t love to do all the requisite work that running for most of us requires.
At ChelanCamp this year, we were all reminded of this when listening to our guest speakers Alison Gillespie and Cari Matthews of Prevail Physical Therapy group.
How often do you skip strength work, stretching or foam rolling because there simply is not enough time in the day? Yet, you made sure to get in your running miles?
We are all guilty of this at times. Most of the time we don’t think much about it until an injury creeps upon us or an injury forces us to stop running. Then we frantically put in ALL the strength and stretching we can.
We were inspired to learn that there are some simple exercises that take just a few minutes and can give a good baseline of where each runner is. For the beginner or the most seasoned of runners, it is good every now and then to take a minute and rewind and go back to the beginning and think about the little things that running requires and that will keep us all running longer.
Check in and see how you respond and where you may need to do some work. We want you active and running for life. Your body will thank you!
In the video, we take you through 6 simple exercises that you as a healthy runner should be able to do. They are central to some basic motions of running like balance, hopping, hip stability and lower leg strength. The running motion is basically a series of single leg hops from one foot to the other and we are testing some of those skills.
Some are very simple, yet take a little time and awareness to make sure you are triggering the correct movement pattern. If you can’t quite hit the number of repetitions or time suggested, then this is something to work towards. Notice if the movement is easier on one side or the other and work to even each side. If you have no problems doing these exercises, just use them as a periodic check.
Own Your Own Training
Well? How'd you do? Did you ace them all? Were some hard and some easy? Was it hard to feel it where expected? Did you notice that you were stronger on one side or the other? Great! You now have a good starting point. Many of these exercises are also about training your brain in the correct movement patterns. Add this short routine in to work on that neuromuscular training. And go out and run!