I had my second session at the Running School today.
Let me start by saying that I can totally FEEL how my right glute is incredibly weak at the moment. Doing last week’s homework ( a series of activation exercises and some single lef squats) made me super sore! CRAZY! And I workout a lot, but when you isolate the muscle you can really feel where the trouble is.
Anyway, let’s go back to the session. After some warm up, I was taught how to actually climb into a treadmill to avoid wasting time while it reaches proper speed (found a video which explains it here)
This was followed by loads of drills (30-60 seconds each) where the goal was to exagerate the correct running form: using my glutes as the main muscle to lift my feet up. I had to reach my butt with my ankles, which immediately makes you step closer .y
You can see the difference of how spread out my knees were:
Arms close to the body and hands up to the chin. This drill was repeated several times, on incline, faster and slower speeds until I started to feel confortable.
The idea is that I need to re-wire my brain so it will start using the glutes to run and so on. It was quite hard, I was actually sweating! You need to keep going through a mental check-list (posture, feet, hands) every 5 seconds.
Afterwards, I had a few more drills where the posture went a bit more relaxed, but still thinking about driving my run through glutes.
The session finished with some more exercises, and moving my homework now to include this one:
If you want to activate your glutes before a run, make sure you read part 1 of this series and do this exercises too! 2 series of 10 reps with each leg and you’re good to go!
Can’t wait to see if I can really transform my running form in 6 sessions!