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Running School: Turning up the Speed

sarahleonardby sarahleonardDec 4th 2012
Time for Running

This time of year is one of my favorites for running. It can be cold outside, but on days like today when the sun is out and with some appropriate running gear I find these conditions great for training. My running sessions have started to become more consistent again since signing up to the Running School Bristol. Practicing better running technique and acquiring more running related strength have meant that I'm now feeling smoother and more efficient. Most noticeably I'm able to tackle hills better. Hills that used to leave me sweaty and breathless now feel much easier (I am very pleased about this I can't tell you).

Meanwhile back at running school HQ
Running School: Turning up the Speed
Since my last blog I've been back to work with Coach Chris to build upon what I'd learnt previously and work more on reducing my upward movement and keeping relaxed.

However, being relaxed is easier said than done for someone who seems to collect muscular tension when relaxing. If you saw the TV program 'Born to Run' then you might remember that running 'relaxed' is a key part of the Kenyan running philosophy. If it's good enough for them, then it's definitely good enough for me!

Testing my Technique

This week's session also involved pushing my technique a bit harder at different speeds and inclines to see how good my control was. The body weight exercises that I'm doing are massively important to build a base of good strength and stability. Training on one leg (seeing as when ever you run you are always on one leg or the other) and replicating similar movements to running are also important components.

We don't all have perfect control over every muscle group in our body and I'm also a bit lopsided in the glutes. Apparently the difference on one side to the other in the glutes/stability is very common and so I am reassured.

The gap before my next session is a bit longer this time around so we shall see how much I progress next time.

If you're not in Bristol and your interested in the course run by running school then see your local Running School for more info.
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