As runners, we need to be incorporating regular strength, stability and mobility exercises into our weekly regimes, to help avoid imbalances from developing from the repetitive motion of running.
Here’s a quick and easy exercise you can use to first assess, and then if needs be improve your hip stability and glute function. These are both such important factors for us runners!
Here’s a variation of the split squat which places more emphasis on loading the front leg, while using a gym ball. The ball provides a little bit of balance for the rear leg, without giving it a stable enough platform to compensate through. The Bulgarian split squat is a great option for progressing a split squat, before moving-on to a single leg squat. Give it a go, and let me know how you get on!
The short video above explains HERE’s #mybeautifulrun project, and what I was participating in as part of HERE’s group of 50 tracked runners, sharing real-time data throughout the marathon.
Each of us tracked runners wore a smartwatch loaded with HERE’s tracking software, which enabled their team to receive our individual data on the run and turn it into a meaningful visualisation.
The Berlin Marathon is one of those races that exist on many runner’s bucket lists. My own included! So when I received a message a few weeks ago asking if I’d like a last minute place in this year’s Berlin Marathon, I jumped at the chance.
The evening finished with the Women’s and Men’s 4x400m relays, which provided a fantastic crescendo to the Championships. Before that though, I was lucky to witness Helen Obiri unleash a monstrous kick coming onto the home straight to win gold in the Women’s 5000m, leaving Almaz Ayana in her wake.