Oh my goodness! I have to tell you guys about my first day with Edmonton Run Project. I spent two and a half hours at the track today with the coaches learning how to foam roll (properly), stretch, squat and do push ups. I am sore and we haven't really worked out yet.
Saturday sessions are all about good form and drills. The foam roller and band you see in the cover picture are my new best friends. I have always avoided rolling until I really need to (aka help I'm injured). In this program I am going to have to roll every day. The coaches tell us they will be able to tell if we don't and I kind of believe them. There is no hiding the pain when I get into my IT band. There was a time when I couldn't roll on my right side without tears. Folks this is a lesson - roll early and roll often.
The band is actually used for strength AND stretching. It's actually pretty cool. We wrapped it around a pole and then used it to pull our hips back to get a good stretch. It doesn't makes sense in writing does it?? Maybe I can work on finding some videos to show you what I mean.
I am so excited to share the weekly workouts with you all. I am also excited to see what the 10 weeks will bring (besides the 6am wake up calls every Saturday and Sunday).
Other things I learned today:
- I have really tight shoulders. I blame my day job and sitting at a desk 9 hours a day.
- I am getting better at pushups.
- Tight lats will affect your stride. I heard a crazy story about a lat actually tearing today... Ouch!
- When you are in a lunge going deeper isn't better if it causes your back to arch. This made me think about yoga and how often I probably arch my back. In fact I am pretty sure I always have an excessive arch in my lower back. This might be a problem.
- You should not lift your toes off the ground or put your weight in your heels when squatting. What!! We actually took our shoes off to watch our toes on this one. It is surprisingly difficult but when you do it right your glutes sure do fire.
- When foam rolling you should both rock side to side and roll back and forth. This introduces a whole new level of pain. I know you are all thinking about trying it now.
I will share more next week. I am by no means an expert but I am happy to pass on what I learn.
Happy Saturday. I am watching the rest of season 2 of Big Love tonight. I am addicted!
p.s. How funny is this card! Apologies in advance : )