Core Strength for Runners
Considering that I live with an established “runiac” and that 60% of my clients are avid runners, it is hardly surprising that I woke up one morning staring at the face of a 15-week training schedule aimed to prepare me for the Edinburgh Half Marathon in May! Did I say Hogmanay? Sadly not!
But I raise to the challenge and part of that is to see to it that I, for once, practice what I preach at The Massage Lab. So here it is… a progressive training programme, allowing plenty of time for warm up, cool down and adequate stretching at both ends. I feel smug in my lycra already! Not enough they say – there is core strength and upper body strength to consider too! Well yes, logically enough, running isn’t just about the legs – in fact the movement required emanates as much from the hips and back as it does from the legs – just as a car isn’t all about its wheels!
In my quest for a well-rounded and, hopefully, successful training regime, I set out to find some exciting core strengthening routines to use in my rest days. So this is an article I came across today – it is not light reading, nor is it easy going, but the exercises look promising and the illustrations are clear, so I’m in!
Check my Facebook page for updates on the core of the matter over the next few weeks! Happy running to all!
25th June 2011