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