You can run 10k but are you fit?

So, you can use “only” and “10k run” in the same sentence.  Does that make you fit?  Your legs and lungs can handle two hour runs every weekend.  Can you load the spring water bottle on to the dispenser?

This post is about being more than just a runner.  And it’s come to mind as I get closer to age 50 and realize that I truly am not indestructible like I was at age 20.  As runner’s, we try to do all the right things in our training to improve our speed and our endurance.  And we’re slowly getting unfit.  And that is hurting our running!

Functional fitness exercises or boot camp routines are designed to train and develop our muscles to make it easier and safer to perform everyday activities, such as carrying groceries or playing a little basketball with the kids.  By performing exercises that require us to balance, we help trigger all the little muscles that help stabilize the joints in our bodies.  This is contrary to the thinking behind stationary, machine-based weight training which can make individual muscles stronger but create imbalances.

‘What will that do for my running?’ you ask.  Simple!  It will keep us running longer.  Personally, I like the sound of that!!!  By improving the strength surrounding our joints, there is less risk of developing overuse injuries.  Most boot camp type routines will also improve our flexibility and our range of motion.  This will allow us to be more efficient in our running and get the most out of each stride.

Here’s a link to a YouTube video of some simple bodyweight exercises that do not involve a gym or any equipment.  It doesn’t get any easier than this!  If you prefer to spend a little cash and get a little extra motivation, then look for a boot camp class at your local gym.  Having a good instructor can help make sure you are performing the exercises correctly.   Adding a little social to the workouts can make it a little easier.

Consider adding some non-running exercises a couple of times per week.  Not only will it improve your running, but it will also make everyday activities a whole lot easier.

Incorporate some yoga/stretching in your routine as well.  The details of that will be left for another post.