Winding down from the Foote Field Open this past weekend where I did the 1500m and 800m events.
The goal of the weekend was rhythm, running a smooth effort over the full distances. I took the 1500m in stride on the Friday as my main goal was the 800m on the Saturday.
Overall I felt strength was on point but aerobic power in the 1500m and top speed in the 800m was not quite where I needed it to be or where I had planned on it being.
With that I mind I entered the 1500m at Nationals instead of the 800m, staying the course. No matter the event I decided, it will be a "tuck & roll" as it is Senior Nationals but I'm living the dream toeing the line.
On the training side I have been focusing on the short tempo runs with reduce strength work and keeping the intervals sharp but controlled.
With track season in full swing I am continuing to use the weight room to expand movements and create challenges to increase the high hip position and better hip drive. I am finding overall that the exercises that are the most effective for me are the ones that resemble the movement patterns I use on the track.
Some of the exercises I have used seemed to have had no real impact but others have been very effective. Overall if the stimulation is new and with purpose the body is receptive.
The journey is the exercise choice, the volume and quality of training and finding the balance that works for your specific demands. I have made good decisions and I have made poor decisions with my training but each decision has been "living the dream"!
With the strength work and run training my key points of focus have been the following;
I feel body alignment has seen the most improvement and the idea of the Frans Bosch hip hitch has been very effective in terms of stride efficiency. The big thing I am working on now is foot position as I feel I am losing considerable power through my feet.
My thinking at the present is not so much lack of strength in the feet / ankle but more placement and range of motion in terms of how the foot / ankle reacts to load due to the activation or use of the postural chain, #GlutesFiring.
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!