Activating Your Core Prior To A Run As Part Of A Roller Routine

Hi folks,

Pond outside of the Continuum studio of Rebecca, FitOldDog's instructor. See:

Pond outside of the Continuum studio of Rebecca, FitOldDog’s instructor. See:

We sure have some lovely countryside here in North Carolina, including great running trails. I had two short runs to do today, and during the first of these I was gently cruising along and it occurred to me how much better I am at engaging my core and how this makes hill ascents more manageable. I was also playing with shifting the load from my quads and hip flexors back to the combination of hamstrings and glutes. This approach allows you to give different muscle groups a break, whilst continuing to run. Much like varying your cadence on the bike, shifting load from fast (glycolytic) to slow (oxidative) muscle fibers. Such tactics can be critical for endurance races, keeping you going when you don’t think that you can. I attribute this knowledge to many teachers and coaches over the years, and especially Karen (Feldenkrais), Tara (Pilates and Gyrotonic), and Rebecca (Continuum). I was asking Rebecca the other day about the best approach to learning how to engage my core during running, and here I am demonstrating her answer in a small video.

Keep learning! It’s the secret to a happy (and maybe long) life.

-k @FitOldDog

Workouts today:

WorkoutPLAN Coach: Chris Hauth
Duration: 00:45:00
morning easy jog – Tuesdays now become run focus days.
Duration: 00:45:00
evening run at Z2 running HR – fast feet and great form


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