For as long as I can remember I have loved to exercise. I genuinely believe it is the key to health, fitness, general happiness, and I just actually love sport! But like everyone else I have off days too.
My pilates practise is a great compliment to running. The discipline of pilates breathing really helps me through the runs and the core strength makes them much stronger and more controlled. Yesterday was my first running event of the year and I felt a bit out of practise, not with my running but with my routine both pre and post run.
This week’s post comes just shy of a week after my elbow surgery, where I’m really missing my normal schedule of fitness & training. Since I can’t be participating in my routine I thought I’d share it with you! Do you have a weekly schedule that you stick to or do you make it up as you go?
What a weekend I had last week! I finally completed my first Triathlon! Continue reading “My first urban triathlon”
Hello FRIDAY! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts so thought I’d kick this series off again. I’ve got my first running event of the year next weekend and I’m really feeling the benefits of extra core training right about now. Start your weekend strong with this short routine. It’s short, sweet and oh so challenging! See below for instructions->
Wearing: Hip Width vest and Onzie pants from Yoga Rebel.
My pupils are regularly asking me what my workout routines are like, how much do I exercise, do I do more than Pilates, what do I get up to? So I thought I’d take this holiday Sunday morning to do a personal blog post and fill you all in!
Pilates can make a huge contribution to running. A lot of runners do what they do best- they run and run and run! But running needs more than this. Running needs a stable foundation to support you and to propel the legs step after step.
Pilates gives you the strong core for this foundation and can enhance pelvic stability, so that your hips don’t rock about unbalanced. Steady hips and a strong core will allow you to stride further with more power and efficiency. This is also important when you start to tire- the legs will fatigue and your hips will sway in a more disjointed way, slowing you down and placing more strain on your body. Pilates will also aid injury prevention by keeping all your muscles strong and supportive to your joints.
Try these 3 exercises to enhance your running:
This morning was an amazing run. I ran a regular running route that I do but the sun was out, I was on a long weekend off work and just relaxed and at peace. It’s amazing how your mood pre-run can influence the actual run.
How do you prepare for your run? Today I just got up and went for it, I didn’t plan anything. Right down to the route- I almost went another way but wanted the peace & tranquility that this particular path has, as well as the miles and miles of greenery for a scenic view! Sometimes just letting your run decide the path once you are out there is the way forward. Today I wanted peace, scenery and greenery.
Cross-training! Why is it so important?
Cross-training is essentially training in different sports/activities other than your main one. It is so easy to get carried away with wanting to get better at your main sport that it is all you do, every day, every week. But the benefits of cross-training are tremendous. After spending this weekend at the British Adult Ice Skating Championships, where everyone is so fully focused on ice skating, and ice skating only, it brought it to my attention again that having a well balanced training programme is the way to succeed, regardless of your sport.
How do you achieve your personal best?
I’ve been running for a long time but only competitively for the last 3 years, and like everyone else I have good and bad runs. This year however each race I have completed I have achieved my PB, out running my previous race time every time. I won’t lie it hasn’t been easy and I was shocked after each race with the time, as I never run to race time in training. So how do you continue to push the boundaries and achieve more?