Holy smokes. How are you?
Today has been awesome. A bit of a whirlwind, but seriously so many amazing activities and people.
I’ll try to make this snappy.
Had an early wake up call this morning to meet the cool blogger crew and Bart Yasso for a little shake out run.
We had a pretty great meeting spot.
Oh the Steel Stacks. How I love you.
Before we took off for the run we learned a little about Running On Air Breathing Techniques from Budd Coates, M.S., one of the authors of Running on Air: The Revolutionary Way to Run Better by Breathing Smarter.
Quick breathing tips from our short little session:
- Breathe from the belly, not the chest.
- You want as much oxygen volume as possible and you can’t et that it you breathe through just your chest.
- It should be rhythmic: in for 3 counts, out through the mouth for 2 counts.
There’s a lot more information in this article with a better description of the technique. It’s pretty interesting as I never really pay attention to my breathing when I’m running. Maybe I should. Ha.
I finally got to meet the famous Seth Mizuno!
Then the whole group went on a little run around town.
So many great things to see.
Then it was time for some Running Skirts Olympics.
It was pretty serious stuff friends. It involved a couple short sprints and layering on some gear.
I’m not totally sure, but I may have come in second to last place. Oh well. At least I got a picture with Bart in a skirt. That makes me feel like a winner.
After the run we had a little breakfast.
Complete with belVita biscuits of course.
Love it. Still do it in races and when I’m running. Not the coolest looking thing to do in public, but hey, either is running kind of funny with hip dysplasia. Ha.
One new tip I got today is to keep your cadence high even when you’re running slow. This help lessen the impact and isn’t as harsh on your knees, etc.
After the run we got to do a little workout with some brand new Lotus yoga gear
and Proform’s new Xfinity Fitness Band.
Melanie Douglas led us through the workout, Recovery For Runners. She developed this awesome band and talked to us about the importance of cross training as runners. Resistance training and stretching are key.
The Xfinity Fitness Band is pretty much the coolest thing ever.
I think this band would work really well for my PT exercises. I’ve got to try that out.
some PNF stretching (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching)
and some partner strength exercises.
Bicep curls yo. He he.
Seriously, there are so many things you can do with this band. The best part is being able to change the resistance just by moving your hand down to the next loop. Brilliant.
Yep, loving the Xfinity band.
I’ll review the gear a bit more when I get home and have some time to play with it.
But, for now you should know that the gear is available at Walmart and the prices are darn cheap. Pretty awesome.
Oops, and I guess I forgot to mention that I was also a crasher to this little workout. A huge thank you to Colleen with iCon Fitness to let me jump in on the fun and receive a goody bag of gear.
Okay, so much more to share from the day, but we’ve got some races to run tomorrow and I have some late night pajama eating to do.
Have a great weekend!
Oh, and I haven’t made it to Dunkin Donuts quite yet. Soon……
What are you up to?
Is anyone racing?
Do you do yoga or cross train?