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.
My goal for Lesson two is to maintain a proper running pose. A proper running pose, according to the book, is when you form a straight line from the ball of your supporting foot, through you hip, shoulder all the way to your head. When I run, I will try to be aware of how my body is positioned. I will film myself again and review my videos to see if I’m in the proper pose when I run.
The “homework” for lesson 2 was pretty easy. It consisted of:
- The completion of the focus preparation (journaling)
- There are two drills, the Running Pose Drill and the Pose Hold Drill. Complete 3 sets of Pose Holds and hold for 10 to 20 seconds.
- 8 reps of each strength exercises
- Complete post-session review (journaling)
This was another easy lesson, maybe a bit on the boring side if I’m honest. I will push through the lessons regardless for the sake of learning to run faster! I think I’m a natural forefoot striker (meaning I naturally land on the balls of my feet when I run). It was cold (back into my winter running tights) and windy, so I moved through this lesson rather quickly.
One of the points of these lessons is to focus and be attuned to your body. I need to carry this focus forward when I run! That probably means leaving my music behind so that concentrate fully on my form rather than letting my mind wonder while I’m running!
Could you run without music? How would it affect your running?