“Training is not about the workout alone, it’s also about how you prepare for the workout and how you close it out. It’s about thinking of yourself as an athlete around the clock.”
Kelly Starrett, Ready to Run
Today's topic is not SO much about how you run, but how you get READY to run. We tend to fall into 1 of 2 categories: The Average Runner OR The Non Average Runner, guess which camp we want to be in ;)
The Average Runner The Informed Runner
Jumps out of the car, stretches quad, starts running Spends 20-30 Minutes mobilizing and performing running drills before every run.
Now, Not all of us are perfect runners. There are times where our workout goes long and we get in what we can. However, I'm sure I don't have to tell you what column we should be putting our foot more in.
So you could be saying, Ok, SO how do I warm up for a run?
Ideally we need to focus on 3 Pieces
3) Cardio System
Ankles are the elastic system that act like a spring when you pull your foot off the ground. If they're stiff and not ready to move we could be doing some serious damage to them. Think about the amount of force we're putting on them every time we make contact to the ground. Watch below to see a quick snip of how I warm up my ankles before I run..my background knowledge on dancing actually is helpeful!
Warming up our hips is also SUPER important. In order to have efficient mechanics we must be able to open up our hip into full extension behind us and then be flexible enough to pull our foot through up off the ground to our calf.
After you have sufficiently warmed up the tissue and joints, performing 1-2 running drills is important to reinforce good running mechanics. Below are a few you can include in your routine.
Grab a jump rope to not only warm up your cardio system, as well as to prepare your ankles for dynamic movement. The jump rope reinforeces good pulling mechanics through your inseam. This prevents heel striking as well as over striding.
Grab a band and play around with your falling angle. Falling allows us to use gravity to make us faster. Obviously we don't run a this aggressive of an angle (drills are over exaggerations of our actual movement). However by reinforcing a straight midline and a slight fall we now allow our body to move with gravity instead of using our muscles to force ourselves forward.
Try to implement some of these before your next run!
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