Well week 2 was a little more stressful. Temperatures have hit high 20’s but we’ve all made it, we’re all standing around waving our new running/hydration belts and we’re all raring to go!
Coach talking points this week included the need to take some ID with us when we go out for our plods just in case we don’t make it back alive … this, I have to be honest, is a little unnerving. I thought running was good for you! Coach explained that should we fall or suffer from dehydration someone will be able to assist us and notify a friend or relative which puts us all at ease.
We then moved onto life expectancy of our shoes – apparently these only last up to 500 miles at best. As I look down at my poor running shoes, which have only just turned 4 years old, I must concede that a new pair is required. I’m sure at some point this week a huge group of Zero’s will be taking their wallets for a gait analysis and coming along next week with a brand new sparkly pair of trainers!
SQUATS ARE OUR FRIENDS ….
Squats are our friends – apparently! Squats and core work will be key to our training and there is a technique to this which surprisingly doesn’t make you look like you’re having a crap … much.
- Stand as tall as you can with feet spread shoulder width apart
- Lower your body as far as you can go by pushing your hips back and bending your knees
- Pause (owwy)
- The slowly push yourself back to the starting position
- Now do 3 sets of 10 reps
Things to look out for include making sure your front knee doesn’t extend past your toes and keeping your upper body “tall” – don’t lean forward.
Now let me tell you this folks .. we may have only run 2.4 miles this week, but stopping every 1k to do 30 bloody squats is not easy.
Until next week ….