The Running School
April 25, 2013
I entered a running competition on Twitter and was fortunate enough to win three free sessions with The Running School – yay! Paul, the coach at The Running School, had already given me a free session for the promotional work that I did for The Running School, so I’m getting a great deal 🙂
I did my first session on Tuesday.
I have been given three glute activation exercises that I need to do at home:
- Kickbacks (Standing without holding onto anything for support. Learn forward and kick your leg back as if kicking a door shut)
- Pendulum leg swings (low legs with square hips)
The session was an hour long and involved lots of sessions on a treadmill, which is a machine that I dread. I fear falling off the back, but even more, I worry that I will punch it if I’m too close to the front. (That may seem far-fetched, but I have ended up with bloody knuckles on more than on occasion!)
I explained to Paul that I seem to have a lazy right leg, (according to my swimming instructor). However, the video analysis showed that when I run, my right leg is actually working harder than my left leg!
I already know that my cadence is OK, and I was pleased to see that I now have a mid-forefoot strike, but I don’t always put my heel down on my right foot. I also need to work on my arm positioning as apparently I swing my arms too far forward. This article includes some images of elite runners arm positions, so it is possible to see that their feet are landing directly below them: http://www.usafmarathon.com/training/Running_School/Natural_Running_Form.htm
I’ve been doing a lot of reading about running technique recently, and have signed up for ‘Barefoot Running‘, which is an online magazine.
I’ve also been looking at hip strengthening and mobility exercises for runners.
P.S. I’ve not managed to catch up with a blog post that I was writing about my week after Paris marathon and Stu’s run at VLM. I thought I’d better update what I’ve done recently… maybe the other post will see the light of day one day!)