As I have mentioned in a previous post, I’m reading the book by Dr. Nicholas Romanov called The Running Revolution. This book teaches how to run faster, further and injury free for life in 10 lessons. The lessons included Journaling, so I thought it would be perfect to use my blog as the journal for my 10 lessons. You’ll see sections called Focus Preparation and Post Session Thoughts. Those headings are suggested by the book for journaling.
It will be interesting to see if I can actually learn to run faster and longer as well as remaining injury free through this book!
The first lesson centers around the foot. The theory behind the book is that when running, we should be landing on the balls of our feet as opposed to our heels. It reduces the impact on our body. In order to feel how your feet touch the ground, the author suggests flat minimalist shoes. I’ll be doing some of the lessons barefoot (where appropriate) or wear my older Nike Free 5.o for the running exercises so I can feel the impact on my shoes.
So today, I’m going to complete 2 different body weight perception drills. This will help me feel how my body weight is distributed in my feet depending on where I put the pressure in my feet i.e., balls of my feet, heels, outer edge, or inner edge of my foot. I will try to be more perceptive of my weight distribution on my feet!
The “homework” for lesson 1 was pretty easy. It consisted of:
- The completion of the focus preparation (journaling)
- Two perception drill. These drills consist of shifting your body weight from your heels to the balls of your feet and focusing on how the shifting feels on your feet.
- Recording my running form on video
- 8 reps of each strength exercises
- Complete post-session review (journaling)
I was fun to review my running videos. It looks like I naturally land on the balls of my feet! I did notice that when I run, my left foot seems to shift to the side while my right foot stays straight ahead. I do have pain running from my left hip down to my calves all the way to the arch of my foot. I’m thinking this might be related!
This first lesson was pretty easy. I’m sure they won’t all be like this! I think I have a good handle on where I feel my body weight in my feet when I shift my weight.
The book is interesting so far. I’m looking forward to the next lessons. I’m hoping this will help me with my goal of running faster!