BQ Or Bust 012 Plyometric Drills & Basic Mechanics

Look, I'm not going to lie to you. I've been running for 3 and a half years now and I have never in my life done a single running drill. Why would I? I'm not an athlete. I'm a normal, average (I use that word with care) runner who runs for fun. Running drills are for elite athletes and for people who take themselves seriously, right? WRONG. I could not have been further from the truth. Running drills aren't just for elite athletes or the pretentious runners in the first corrals of races. Running drills are important for everyone!

One of the first things my running coach Josh Maio of Gotham City Runners did was take me to a hill and teach me the running drills I should be doing every single time I run. EVERY SINGLE TIME I RUN? SERIOUSLY? WHO HAS THAT TIME! Well, after doing them every single time I run for the last two weeks (OK ALMOST EVERY SINGLE TIME I RUN), turns out they really don't require that much time. Let me save you some time and list all the excuses you may come up with to avoid doing mechanics and drills --

  1. You don't have time.
    • We just went over this, they take 5 minutes. You only need to do each drill once (at minimum. If you want to do 2-5, go for it!).
  2. You will look stupid.
    • You won't look stupid. You'll look stupid when you're forced to take time off because of a running injury, not because you're doing drills. (ALSO, please stop caring what strangers think about you. No one is judging you and if they are, they're an asshole and you should feel sorry for them. That's such a stressful way to live their life judging everything and everyone around them!)
  3. You're doing the drills wrong.
    • If you can't find someone who is a running coach or who speaks fluent running drill, go film yourself doing the drills (honestly, do this regardless. Very informative.). Then watch your form, make corrections, and do the best you can. I promise you doing these will help you.

You get the point, there are no excuses! Look, each drill highlights a different aspect of good running form. And when you have good running form, you get injured less, you run faster, you get stronger, and ultimately, you get to enjoy running more! ALL GOOD THINGS!  Do a warm up and then throw in at least one pass at each of these drills. Together we are going to get stronger! So let's promise to do these drills regularly and we'll check back in in about a month. Sound like a plan?

Unrelated, have you subscribed to my YouTube channel? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?

Here we go, 18 weeks until the Chicago Marathon! BQ OR BUST! Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.