On Sunday night I actually scheduled my workouts for the week, it is a miracle. First workout of the week= 6 a.m. Monday pump class. The class was tough and during a set of plie squats (after 20 minutes of other leg exercises) my legs were shaking so much it was funny and embarrassing and so I had to take a break.
I also noticed a little something else during my pump class.
HELLO sports bra chaffing. How does a piece of cotton material rub my skin off? I do not know. I also decided to make a fish face while taking this photo to make things a little more interesting.
In a recent post Meghan mentioned that she was eating a grapefruit. I have issues and just reading the word grapefruit made me have to have it, I went and got some during my prep period. 35 cents a piece and they were delicious, no sugar needed. Go get grapefruits, they are are perfect right now.
Is it bad to make students in detention clean off the grapefruit juice that is all over my desk, chair and keyboard?
I had an email the other day from a reader that is coaching a track team and was wondering about strides and how to increase your stride rate. I have read a lot about stride and I try to mimic Billy because he has nailed it. I found another article that I really liked HERE all about Strides: Speed is a numbers game. Are you taking the appropriate steps?
We all want to get faster and we all want to prevent injuries and speeding up your stride can help you to accomplish both.
“To run faster, you need to minimize your time in one place. That is, you need to move forward as effectively and efficiently as possible. And the two determining factors for forward momentum in running are stride length and stride rate.“
Your stride LENGTH changes when you go from an easy run to your race pace but your stride RATE (how frequent you take each step) should not change much. “Stride patterns are hardwired into your natural biomechanics.” But that doesn’t mean we can’t change our stride rate and make it FASTER.
If we are able to speed up our stride rate = less vertical bounce, lighter feet (less impact) and FASTER times.
180 strides per minute is said to be the perfect number after studying elite athletes. During Ryan Hall’s incredible 59:43 half marathon in Houston he averaged a stride rate of 182 steps per minute…..his stride length also seems to be about 20 feet in my opinion.
Runners World had an awesome workout to help you increase your stride which I can’t wait to try out!
Count your steps for 60 seconds on your next run after you have settled into your natural running groove and see where you are in terms of strides.
**** Awesome tip for improving your stride rate….PUMP YOUR ARMS FASTER and that will surely make your legs move faster.
PS Billy and I got engaged 3 years ago today!! You can read how he proposed HERE.
Ever chaffed where I did on my neck/shoulder?
Grapefruit lover/hater? Have you had a good one recently?
-Too bad it is against the law to send my TAs (teacher assistants) to go get more grapefruits for me, silly liability;)
Can you do the fish face? Can you go cross-eyed? Any cool face things you can do?
What are you currently focusing on lately (or starting now) to improve your RUNNING?
-Strides…180 per minute, I will have you.