Paul here this week! I had a great time getting out to South Bank parkrun and catching up with Gareth and many of our awesome RIF REVers for their last parkrun before Christmas! I hope you guys have still been able to get out and go for runs during this busy time. I find it’s a great way to unwind after long hours spent in crowded shopping centres, I’m sure many of you guys will agree with me on that one!
This week I wanted to focus on an area of running that tends to be forgotten by many people in their training- a stretch routine! Stretches can be really simple and it is because of the simplicity of stretching that many runners fail to realise the importance of a good stretch routine. As a runner it’s something that you should be regularly incorporating into your routine. A good stretch routine is really the easiest way to start to improve your running because your length is closely linked to technique. The best thing about it is stretching can be done by any runner, but the key is you NEED to do them!
Check out the video we’ve put together where Ang shows you the 12 best stretches for running and really start to include these into your training and running routine!
Happy Running RIF REVers!
Wishing you guys a safe and happy Christmas!
Paul here! This week we are sending out a big congratulations to all the runners who took part in Twilight Bay run and Sydney marathon over the weekend! We loved seeing all your pictures from the weekend, always great to see what you guys are up to so keep them coming guys!
This week I want to focus on something that we see in a lot of runners- tight hamstrings! Our hamstrings are super important when keeping us runners moving, and small niggles can often lead to a dull roar resulting in runners having to stop altogether- not what we want!!
To prevent that worst case scenario from happening, we need to really start to understand our hammies and how they affect the body. Tightness in the hammies can actually influence the way our other muscles function and eventually can limit stride, change your pelvic position, and limit gluteals. So particular attention should be paid to lengthening the hamstrings in order to optimise your running for the long term.
Check out the video guys to see how you can start focussing on lengthening those hammies in a fast and effective way. Give this one a go if you have tightness in your hamstrings guys!
Why is it whenever you get away to the beach you start fantasising about living there permanently? Don’t know if it’s the holiday but there are so many people out running. It’s really inspiring, large runners, small runners, old and young. Had a few runners talking to me lately about Achilles pain and it’s such a bugger of an injury. Today I wanted to go through four ways to target stretching Achilles for running because you want to hit Achilles from all angles and really know how to wind them up. Remember technique is key for Achilles so go through the technique videos and put as many pieces together as you can…Don’t be a PUUSHER!! With these make sure they are comfy at all times and work with your health professionals. Short post today, got to get out to run on the beach!
Good luck guys!
Enjoy your break,