Good morning Crew! Ready to get back on track?
Kicking off the month with leg day…. We all know why we need to do more with our legs then just run…what more is there to say???
Let’s GETTT ITTT!! 🙂
Day 1 exercises: 2 sets of 10
- Donkey Kicks + Fire Hydrants
- Weighted Squats
- Plank – Your Choice (:30 2X)
Bonus: Weighted Hip Thrust –
If you want to run faster, you’ve got to do more than just speedwork. We know the strength training is a critical. According to Jen Ator, fitness director of Women’s Health, “Lifting is a key component to building speed. The more power you can generate with each stride, the faster you can run. The stronger you are, the longer you can generate that power without fatiguing, meaning you’ll be able to maintain that pace.”
With that in mind…our bonus exercise today comes from Ator’s “Get Stronger To Run Faster” workout. We already do a lot of what she includes, but here’s one you may not have seen before. Great for the core, legs, glutes, and hips!
Weighted Hip Thrust: With a dumbbell resting in the crease of your hips, sit on the floor with the bottom of your shoulder blades touching a bench or couch or even a chair if it’s study and won’t hurt your back. Drive through your heels and thrust your hips up toward the ceiling while contracting your glutes. Your torso should be parallel to the floor. Lower and repeat 8 to 10 times for 3 sets.
Racery: Our virtual race through the Blue Ridge Parkway starts Friday 9/2 so there’s still plenty of time to jump in and join or start a new team. This is a FREE virtual race. All you have to do is run and log miles online for your team. Don’t worry if you’re not putting up high mileage, every runner counts! Here’s the link.
Oh one last thing…with long runs coming up fast…take a few minutes to go through our 7 Key Stretches for Runners after a good leg workout today. 🙂
Get to work Crew…LET”S DO THIS!