This week has been a big week for my running you’ll be pleased to hear. After my first session at The Running School I spent the week trying everything I could to fire up my lazy glutes on a regular basis so if you saw me walking like John Wayne last week that would be why.
I had some serious glute DOMS after hiking Scafell Pike in the Lake District over the weekend and then I followed it up a few days later with a bodyweight glute workout that burned for days afterwards. The timing wasn’t great because the following day I was back at The Running School for my second session and more glute work.
Having warmed up with some glute activation exercises it was time to learn my new running technique that I was promised would make running feel like much less effort. I can’t wait…
I was given a check list to keep running through in my mind for each short 30 second burst on the treadmill and I’ve never concentrated so hard in my life. Heels up; check, engage glutes; check, body upright; check, relax shoulders; check, move arms from the shoulders; check, the list went on.
During the session that I shared with another person we took turns on the treadmill practicing our technique at quite a fast speed, watching our bodies in the mirrors in front and to the side of us. It was so interesting seeing the other guy’s technique and also how he can run a sub 2:45 marathon and still comes in for sessions.
The session ended with some glute strengthening exercises and I was sent off with instructions to practice my new technique and practice I did.
I’ve done 2 30 minute runs based around 20-30 second sprints with 30-40 seconds of walking in between to recover and appraise how it felt. The first run was outside and I did the second on the treadmill so that I could focus a bit more.
Without the mirror I found it tricky to identify my upper body position but I kept thinking through my check list and found myself running considerably faster than I normally do. I struggle to run at 10kmh on the treadmill but yesterday I was setting it between 12kmh and 13kmh for my sprints and it felt pretty comfortable (and extremely sweaty, check out those sweaty thighs and knees)!
My legs feel a bit hungover this morning but I’m excited to go back tomorrow for my next session and see what’s next.