Whether you love to run or you don't like running, you can improve your running with these drills.
Running is repetitive oscillating locomotion to take you from point A to point B.
We humans used to be pretty good at this thing, or if we weren't good at it, we had to use it. A lot. Both running and walking was our only mode of transportation for 100's of thousands of years...some humans were lucky enough to domesticate an animal here and there for some of that transportation.
What is the difference between the humans of yesteryear and us?
According to the SAID principle, we will specifically adapt to imposed demands. Our biology and physiology is actually pretty dang good at this adaptation...we can screw it up by overtraining, but we are still pretty good at it.
If you have been running, and you even consider yourself a runner. I would suggest adding this drills before your runs (10 to 30 seconds each for 1 to 3 rounds) as a great way to warm-up your systems, prepare your systems, and give your systems some variable and technical advantages.
If you are not a runner, I would suggest slowly increasing the time you perform these exercises, and the rounds you do these exercises, a few weeks before you begin the process of running. This will help you guide your soft tissues, osseous tissues, muscular tissues, and nervous system to greater capacities and conditioning before you begin the very repetitive process of running. Who knows, you might even pick up a few good running movement patterns to improve your effectiveness and efficiency...you might even LIKE running for once in your life...no guarantees.
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By: Aaron Guyett, M.A., B.S., CSCS, FRAs, FRCms
Living.Fit Education Director & Master Coach