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Ya know in Napoleon Dynamite when he's looking for Chapstick because his "lips hurt real bad"? Well ... my butt hurts REAL BAD!!! And I have pro fitness model (I think that's her correct title) Melissa from www.melissacunninghamifpapro.blogspot.com to blame. I've read her blog over the years, and the woman is probably the fittest person I follow. Recently she sent me a new Plyometric Workout to try. It's been 24 hours since I completed it. It hurts to sit down. Well, it's not quite that bad, but I definitely got a good workout.
As with most Plyo work, it included a lot of jumping, squatting, and lateral movements, which are great for the glutes and hips. I do a ton of hip specific work, but probably neglect my glutes a little, which is not good for a runner. Hips and glutes help generate power and speed, and strong healthy muscles in these areas are a must. And I knew about half-way through Melissa's workout that I was going to feel it the next day.
For a while now, I've tried to do some sort of Plyo work on Mondays, one of my non-running days. But my workout usually only consists of some box jumps, toe taps, and a few other movements that I've become comfortable with. Changing up the routine really isolated and activated some areas that I haven't hit in a while. And although my backside is a little tight now, I know it will help me be a stronger runner as I make it part of my routine.
As runners, it's easy to get in the rut of "running in straight line" for all of our exercise. But I found that when I really started to increase my lateral and explosive movements, largely from Plyometrics, I gained overall strength and stability, and became a better runner. Maybe it will work for you too.
... Be Great Today!