Learning How To Run?

Friday’s Workout (NO CAP)
In 20 minutes:
Front Squat 3-3-3
– work up to three heavy sets
5 Pullups
10 Pushups
15 Squats

… and coming Monday (CAP)
In 20 minutes:
Deadlift 1-1-1
– work up to three heavy sets
With a partner:
Deadlifts (275/185)
Box Jumps (32/24)
One partner does 21 DLs and 21 Box Jumps, Then the other partner does the same. They trade off, finishing the deadlifts and box jumps of each round before tagging off.)
*Note: To make this the same as 2011 CF Games Regionals WOD #3, scale up to 315/205Does this sound like a strange topic? I mean who really needs to “learn how” to run? Isn’t that something we were all born knowing how to do? Funny that I’m writing this because about 18 months ago, I was wondering the same thing. I received an email from VivoBarefoot, explaining that they were launching a Barefoot Running Coaches Course taught by Lee Saxby. It would be 5 days long and in New York City… would I like to attend? My first thought was, “What in the heck are we going to do for 5 days learning about running?” Needless to say, I went through the course – it was phenomenal… and I found out how much there is to learn about running, gait and mechanics.

Why am I writing this? We have a Running Mechanics workshop coming up on Saturday, November 17… and if you are human and run, it would be a GREAT workshop for you to attend. It’s appropriate for EVERY person, EVERY athlete, regardless of level or experience. Why? Running is the most natural thing we, as humans, do. It is something we evolved to be good at. However, it’s something that takes practice from birth. Running is something most of us stop doing after we’re about 12, and when we get back to it, we’ve literally forgotten how. Those that do run wear running shoes – which mask the proprioceptive feedback your body needs to help you develop a proper gait… and as a result – poor gait, improper mechanics, running injuries and general inefficiencies.

It’s a “doing” workshop… that will include some classroom time, but a lot of “doing” – exercises, drills, practice. Here’s a list of the types of things we’ll be covering:
– video and gait analysis – pre seminar
– evolution of gait – how, why
– importance of posture, squatting (for running), and mobilizing
– squatting drills
– walking and hopping drills
– plyometric drills
– rhythm drills
– importance of relaxation & drills
– video and gait analysis – post seminar

Do yourself a favor and join us for the Workshop. If you’ve done it before, or have had any training in Pose or Barefoot running, please post your experiences in comments.


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