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The Right Way to Run
— Coach Caroline, Team RunRX
Here’s what we know:
That there are at minimum 3 elements to running properly
It’s going to take some time and we need to rethink what we’ve been told thus far from the running community.
RunRx has a community and you aren’t alone in what you are learning and trying to do.
The Pose Method has been teaching classes around the globe for over a decade, why aren’t more people running this way?
Well the short answer is marketing, but the real answer is learning something new is hard. If you were to try and learn to play the piano you’d first have to learn how to read the music and the keys; we could put this in alignment with the elements (Pose Fall Pull).
But there are other elements that need to be looked at that take these elements to the next level, concepts like center of mass, and cadence, these are similar to learning to play with both hands, and understanding different piano techniques.
The issue becomes as runners we want to just do the stretch, or do something to fix the pain, but really to make a lasting change you have to fix the movement. We think we should be able to sit down and play our favorite song after just a couple weeks of lessons and a few practice sessions in between.
In running you need to start with the skill and what you are doing incorrectly that is causing you pain. We do this by watching you run and looking at where you are. This is so powerful to do right away, before you try and learn anything about the new method.
Then we work on adding strength to build up the muscles and tendons to help you perform the skill correctly.
A baby falls over and over again and then gets back up before it can learn to walk. With each fall the baby is using the muscles they need to learn to walk.
Runners need to realize that each drill needs strength to help you get better at the skill.
Finally we need self-care to break up the scar tissue and lactic acid that is keeping you in pain and from being able to let go and let the natural elements of running (muscle elasticity and gravity) do their work.
So once you start your journey you will be frustrated.
We get it! Not only have we been there when we started, but we’ve helped hundreds of students, and thousands through our free content. Everyone passes through the same stages…
The first is PLATYPUS this frustrating awkward stage, it’s completely natural, because you’re learning something new.
Next is what we call the FLAMINGO, you feel like you are always trying to balance in POSE (remember the figure 4).
Then you start moving into learning the CHANGE OF SUPPORT which Valerie and I loving call the PRANCING PONY.
But to really start to get the feeling of running you need to learn to FALL which is all about LETTING GO… and this is when we runners get stubborn, so we’ve named this phase DONKEY.
“Wow Caroline, really this does not sound like fun at all, flamingos, prancing ponies and donkeys??”
AAHHH but remember it’s part of a process, a process that if you are:
- Open minded
- Willing to do the work and put in the practice
You will get to the last phase… what I have named the CHEETAH, because you feel like you are flying through the air, but when you first start letting go and falling, you will need to build up strength and perception of how your body is moving; so I like to think of it as a CHEETAH CUB.
So what do you think?
Are you ready to get past your injuries and discomfort and learn how to run correctly?
Let’s talk about what to do next.
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- Learning a new skill takes time, but also takes an open mind.
- As you do the skills, add the strength and self-care, you will be able to run pain free and you will be stronger and more mobile.