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.
Today’s lesson is on “The Pull”. This is the phase, according to the book, where both feet are off the ground and sets running apart from walking. All the lessons are built from what we learned previously and we add something new every week. In the cheat sheet at the end of the book it mentions not to fixate on landing and focus on pulling. I guess I have to change my focus because I do tend to concentrate on my landing. I will try to be more aware of the pulling stage.
The “homework” for Lesson 4 consisted of:
- The completion of the focus preparation (journaling)
- Complete the following drills, springiness position, running in place, and Pose
- Pose Hold Drill for 20 seconds each leg, 3 sets
- Complete Wall-Fall drills
- Complete the support drills
- Run for 3 minutes, maintaining “The Pose” and work at “falling”
- 10 reps of each strength exercises (that’s an increase of 2 reps from the previous lessons)
- Complete post-session review (journaling)
Hummm, I’m not sure that I’m doing the support drills properly it’s hard to tell because you are supposed to have two feet off the ground at once! However, I do like the strength exercises. I have to admit that I am more aware of the position of my body when I run. Sometimes I tune out of my awareness and drift to my usual running thoughts and day dreams but something will trigger me back to reality and I’m back to focusing, making sure I’m landing on my forefoot and in the proper pose.
Finally, I found this great YouTube video that explains the Pose Method of Running! The 10 Lessons that I’m doing simply break down the elements of the pose so that you can learn to run in the proper “pose”.