RUN Melbourne RUN
July thus far has been a month overshadowed by a lingering strained ligament on one foot. I’ve had to take it easy with my fitness, resting my foot as much as possible. Very hard to rest it when you have to use your feet day in day out! Nevertheless, life keeps going and the show must go on!
So, this month funnily enough was all about running. Firstly, two Sundays ago (14 July 2013), a bunch of Crossfit U ninjas attended a POSE running workshop at RiseUp Crossfit in Sunshine presented by Sally Lynch. http://www.dcrun.com.au/trainer/sally-lynch
Just a few pointers on what POSE running is all about:
1. Pose - shoulders, hips and ankles should be aligned
2. Fall - the lean plays a vital part with your running. The greater the lean, the faster you will go.
3. Pull - the pull of the foot directly to the hip in a quick movement then land on the fore foot - NOT on the heel
4. Cadence - 180 steps per minute is what we should be ideally be running at. Sounds fast but give it a go and you’ll notice that it’ll come naturally. If you slow it down too much, you’ll actually feel like you’re using more energy.
To read more about POSE Running, go check out these links:
The workshop was also greatly timed seeing that I had my first fun run of the year at RUN Melbourne in the 10km the following Sunday. With one week out, I was still a little concerned whether I would be able to recover in time for the run. Yes, I had been resting when I could and taking it easy with some movements at Crossfit, but it’s really hard sometimes to gauge whether your body is ready until you put yourself through it.
The day had arrived (the Sunday that just past 21July 2013) - the day of the run. I felt extremely nervous about running. It had been 2 weeks of NO running so I had no idea whether I would be able to run the entire race, whether I would have to walk it, whether I would hurt my foot even more….my mind went 100 miles an hour!
We started to line up and slowly made our way to the starting line. Then it was off and the race began! I started running - pacing myself and with POSE running in mind. Sally from the session did say you’ll need to give yourself some time to ease into this new way of running but I guess it’s just never too early to start! 5km passed then came 6km and slowly my feet started to ache but I persisted and continued to run. With under 1km to go, I sprinted for the finish line and was able to complete the race with a PB of 59 minutes just under an hour - mission accomplished!
I’m so glad I was able to run the 10km and finished! It was a HUGE relief and I felt so good. As a consequence of running such a long distance with a foot not quite fully recovered, the foot is yet again strained. I guess I’ll just have to take it easy at Crossfit and let it properly recover this time. At least I don’t have anymore races coming up….or do I? Half marathon before the end of year??? We shall see. Keep you posted!