"I have been in the running program since the start and have truly learned how to make running much easier on my body. In just a few short weeks my mile time has dropped from 10:35 to 7:20 just by learning the correct form and I have gone from a max distance of 1.5 miles to 8 miles with active recovery training. I highly recommend everyone looking to enhance their body knowledge and breathing during workouts to participate in the program next time it comes around. It has enhanced the ability of my overall fitness tenfold. " - Alice Lowe
WATCH A YOUNG CHILD RUN. Almost all children under the age of 9 are experts. You'll notice: a high heel pull, their feet strike quickly and efficiently under their center of gravity, they have a high cadence, and they use a slight forward lean which is supported by an engaged core.
Now watch a typical adult try to run. When you stop laughing, think about what has happened to our beautiful running forms that we all had when we first started going to school. Then look at people as they stand in line to get their coffee in the morning. Look at the angle of their hips and shoulders. Are they level? Look at the placement of their feet. Are they under the center of mass, equally balancing the body weight? Look at their neck and their chest. Is their head slouching forward? Is their chest slightly collapsed from the weight of their overhanging head? Now think about how you stand. Think about how you run.
Our modern habits have KILLED some of our natural capacity and skills. After 12 years (or more!) of sitting all day in school, our hip flexors, hip capsules, and trunk muscles become atrophied and/or stiff and made it harder to simply stand correctly. And when standing correctly becomes difficult, all movement becomes difficult.
After another decade of sitting down at work and staring at our CELL PHONES when we're not staring at our computers, even easy, everyday movements put uncomfortable strains on our bodies and hurts our spines, hips, legs, and feet. And how do we fix the problems we feel while standing (or trying to run?) by sitting back down to recover from the stress of standing up.
And if you think that doing two or three or four or five hours of CrossFit each week improves your long term diagnosis, think about how much time you spend in the box versus how much time you spend sitting down. Think about how much time you spend looking at your phone each day. And think about how much you cringe when you see the WOD contains 200, 400, or (OMG!) 800 meter sprints. An excellent hour in the box cannot compensate for eight hours of hunching over a keyboard. If it did, you wouldn't hate those sprints so much.
"Before the running program, the run part of any workout was the most dreaded part for me. Now, while I'm not exactly doing cartwheels when I see it, I'm slightly eager to take off because of how far I've come and how much better the program has made me at runs off all different levels" - Bryan Kennedy
Coach Jon has created the PORTSIDE RUNNING PROGRAM to:
- Address how we stabilize the spine in a neutral position
- Promote an efficient running form that focuses on a sustainable economy of motion
- Develop the lost art of good breathing mechanics
- and rebuild our feet, in order to gain a better sense of how we move throughout the day.
The PortSide Running Program is not simply a schedule of runs that increase in distance slightly each week, like other cookie cutter classes. It is not a Couch to 5K program you download for your phone.
The majority of the Program focuses on skill acquisition. We practice breathing skills. We learn to stand efficiently and functionally. We practice drills to reinforce optimum running mechanics. And we develop mental skills to assess and organize our own form throughout the drills and sprints and longer runs.
By the end of the PortSide Running program, because they have acquired the skills to improve their efficiency, our athletes are faster, go further, and feel better, And you should see their stance when they are getting their coffee in the morning!
If you're interested in joining us, talk to Coach Sara and sign up for the next program.