Monday, May 21, 2012

Trying New Things

I'm always looking to try new things and I have found 2 that I want to give a try right now.  I read about 3000 articles and 14 different blogs every week about exercise and diet and celebrities (I know not the point but it does go into the total) and I hear all kinds of new ideas.  I don't try everything I read but some really just trigger my interest.  So here are 2 that I will be trying over the next few weeks to see if they provide everything they promise.

POSE Running:  I'm still doing some research on this one, but it was introduced to me a few months ago from a fellow runner, See Jane Run, and I was intrigued but I didn't really understand the full concept.  So I have been doing some reading and I am going to give it a try now. 

Instead of a heel strike while running this one focuses on a mid-foot strike.  It involves a slight lean forward and allows gravity to help rather than the heel strike that actually pushes you backwards.

I don't know if it works or not but it has very high reviews online from what I have read so far.  I know this will be an adjustment since I have been running the same way for 28 years of my life. 

Now that I have my new cool fast running shoes I am going to have to run faster right!?!?

Lifting Weights in Vibrams 5 Fingers:  I read that lifting in 5 Fingers shoes makes the smaller muscles in your legs stronger because you have to stabilize your body and keep constant balance making all those little muscles work all the time. 

If I know I am only lifting a lot of times I will do that in my flip flops or something so not wearing sneakers is not the biggest deal but I am worried about dropping a weight on my foot and smashing some of those pretty little separated toes.  But that same concern is there when I wear flip flops so I really shouldn't get hung up on it. 

The article I read went on to say that strengthen these small muscles as well as the larger muscles in the legs will make me a better, faster, stronger runner!  I know the theme this Monday is Faster Stronger Faster which I think is a pretty good theme.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i've had good luck with the pose method since janie showed it to us. it has helped me speed up and learn to take smaller steps which has been key to getting faster. and i like wearing the vibrams lifting weights as well just because i feel like i have better grip and stability with the floor. don't know if i do, but i like the feel!--beth

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