Editor in Chief Lorraine Candy: The Time-Poor Runner
In the concrete basement of London's Gymbox I am lying on the floor while Nike Master trainer Sonja Moses (@sonjamoses), a boxer by sporting trade, is conducting a Biomechanics test on me.
I have two muscles in what seems to be permanent spasm (four pregnancies, a desk job and horse riding may be at the root of this) and a problematic pelvis.
If I don’t work on this then it could cause problems as I run. Sonja's soothing voice explains the technical details, which are fascinating, and really a guide to how muscles work.
She sets me some home work (mild stretching) and gives me some pointers on core muscle toning, which involve a serious of exercises tensing my tummy muscles while lying on the floor.
In a week she'll monitor the muscle response. The good news is Sonja makes it sound easy – she knows, as I am finding out, it's mostly your mind that drives your training, not your body. You can, if you think you can.
Then she teaches me how to run. Tuck your arms in, and keep on the balls of your feet as much as possible, hitting the ground in a more frequent rhythm. Genius. And it works.
Later as I run home I do the other thing Sonja has advised. I empty my mind and fill it with music. It's those first 10 minutes which cause the most problem for me and this is due to the body craving more oxygen.
Once you get past that and into a rhythm your body gets used to the oxygen flow. So you need a distraction – music is mine.
I am beginning to think 5k is achievable even with my limited time to run. And I may even take Sonja up on her offer to start boxing!
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