You may have heard me talk about ChiRunning before (I mean, it's like all I do!). When I'm first describing ChiRunning to someone that asks me what it is, I usually say something like: "ChiRunning basically helps you learn to set up your posture correctly. Once you've got posture down, you can lean into gravity and use your core muscles to help lift your legs as you "fall" down the road with minimal effort needed from your quads, hams and calfs."
Because we place such an important focus on the core, I like to have my runners practice a number of strengthening exercises. My favorites are listed below, as well to a link from ChiRunning in which Danny Dryer gives a bit more background on these exercises and how to properly perform them.
Practice these on your own, a few days a week and give me a shout if you have any questions!
Best Core Excercises for Runners
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During the day, when I'm at my "real-job," I spend most of my time managing software development projects and I freakin' love it! To most people though, "Project Management" means sitting down and developing long lists of requirements, tasks, risks, and resource allocations. They think of Gantt Charts, strict change management procedures, and a project plan that's printed in permanent ink!
In technology however, things change so rapidly that such a strict approach to project planning simply doesn't work. We need a system that is agile and able to respond to rapid change.
Enter "Scrum!" Scrum is a form of agile project management, centered around 5 core values (Focus, Courage, Openness, Commitment, Respect). These values allow teams to be more productive, stay motivated, and consistently deliver working solutions.
Just as I do at my day-job, when I'm working with teammates & athletes, I coach them to think about their training plan as a road map. It will provide a general direction, but we've got to be flexible enough to make course corrections along the way. Athletes should review their progress every week or two and assess what's working and what's not (in the Scrum world we call this process retrospective & planning, in running we call it a sure way to get faster).
It's inevitable, if you're a runner (especially a Pittsburgh Runner) at some point you're going to be on the treadmill. While its not always the most exciting way to get your training miles in, it can be a good way to build your aerobic base and focus on form. Here are a few pointers that you can use to get the most out of your next "dreadmill" workout.
On top of these three tips, here are a few other things you might want to consider to make the most of your treadmill run.
Do you have any other treadmill training tips? We'd love to hear them!
Ken Presutti is a certified ChiRunning instructor, ACE Personal trainer, Spinning instructor, and coach. This blog is a mix of new articles and posts from his original blog, Overkill is Underrated.