Iâ€™ve written a few heavier posts latelyâ€¦and itâ€™s time for a little lightness and a little running talk. (But thank you for your super kind words.)
After running two marathons this fall, I could have either colossally burnt out or gotten super charged up about running.
After the way Iâ€™ve talked about running the past few months, you know itâ€™s the latter. Although it was a huge disappointment to get injured and not be able to chase a marathon PR, in some ways it was a blessing for me to chill out and just enjoy running without pushing myself for a PR. I hope to run for the rest of my life, so thereâ€™s always time to PR.
Janaeâ€™s talked about the â€œ1 percentâ€ (or 3 percent? I donâ€™t know, I canâ€™t find the post) â€” those little things you know you shouldÂ do to become a better runner, but you donâ€™t always necessarily do.
I am already in a serious long-term relationship with my foam roller, but Iâ€™m terrible at stuff like mobility work, strength training and core training, and Iâ€™m resolving to work on those now in the â€œoff season.â€Â
Which is why Iâ€™m going to what I fondly call â€œRunner class.â€ My awesome PT, Finish Line Physical Therapy,Â is offering a Functional Strength Series, and this first round of classes is called Mostability. Or Mo Stability (Yo), as I prefer to think of it.
Itâ€™s meant to help runners recover from their fall races and work on mobility and stability. The 50 minute-classes start with mobility work, move into circuits and end with a wonderful cool-down.
Hereâ€™s a sampling of some of the exercises included in our workouts. Our bodies exist in a three-dimensional plane, but we usually just stretch in one-dimension (great explanation here.) Everything we do in this class involves those three planes â€” for example, weâ€™ll lunge forward, laterally and then work on external rotation.
- Lunge Matrix:Â https://youtu.be/tsuvxkPGt2o
- Common Lunge Matrix with Same Side Rotational Reach:Â https://youtu.be/B0TwlyrJqnI
- Plank with Pelvic Driver in All Three Planes (20 seconds for each plane):https://youtu.be/z9d42nrX_gMÂ (The first round of these is just like an upward dog/downward dog flow, but feels SO good.)
- Restorative Pose- Thoracic Spine:Â https://youtu.be/VBUbtlzLXQUÂ (No savasana, but pretty damn close.)
What are those extra things you do to become a better runner? What are your favorite strength/mobility moves?