The Important What and Why
By: Janie MacDonald B.Kin Hons, CSCS, Reg. Kin
Run drills are broken down into parts of a run stride. There are multiple drills that represent multiple aspects of your run stride. These movement are then exaggerated and repeated. Some run drills that you may have heard of already are A March, A Skip, B March, B Skip, Ankling, Bounding and so on.
Run drills can be used for various reasons. What many of us have seen or done, is runners using them as a warm up before a run or a race. Drills are great for a warm up in order to lubricate the joints and get your muscles firing in a desired movement pattern. However, drills are also very useful for general conditioning and training the brain to remember these ideal movement patterns. What we often forget is that these drills are (although slightly exaggerated) still what we want to happen during our actual run stride. Too many runners use these drills as a warm up and then don’t incorporate the movements into their actual run.
Breaking down the movement into parts for practice is great! But don’t forget to put it all together and execute!
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