We are in the thick of Marathon season and we know you want to step up your game (pun intended). For athletes who are marathon pro’s and those who are running a 5k for the first time, it’s normal to want to challenge yourself and to see whether you can do better, run faster, up your resistance. Here are some of our exercise tips to help give your training an edge, and possibly edge up your time as well!
Playground basics never did us wrong as children (we don’t care what anyone says about those metal slides, we miss them so!) and as adults, they serve a completely different purpose. Try performing a jump rope movement with only one foot. Focus on moving your foot laterally and alternate. Be sure you jump on the balls of your feet and keep your hands and arms as stationary as possible. It would help to keep your hands slightly above waist level and continue for at least 30 seconds. Repeat with the other foot performing the set 2-3 times on each leg.
For this next move you may either need an actual ladder or set up a mock ladder on the ground. Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and stand a few feet away to begin the motion with a running start. Place your foot in one square then follow with your other foot in the same square and move forward, touching each square through the ‘ladder’ with both feet. Swing your arms much the way you would when running with your arm moving in a motion opposite of the leg in motion, alternating with each motion. Keep a good pace and repeat 10-12 times.
Remember the Bunny Hop of your childhood and countless weddings? Put that fun movement to work with hurdles! Line up mini hurdles in a straight line about two feet apart (you can really use anything as a hurdle
so long as it does the trick). Keep your feet shoulder-width apart and jump over the first hurdle. Keep hopping, swinging your arms forward and upward as your bend your knees; this will help you gain momentum. Perform this motion in 10-12 reps.
At Custom Kinetics we have the tools you need mentioned above to help you gain an edge on your colleagues. We will also monitor your progress and assist you through your entire process. Just come in and talk to one of our trainers about what more you can do to get an edge, and make it through marathon season successfully!