The focus on strength and function have been essential to my return to running. Running on the Woodways with the instructors’ guidance has made me aware of my form and given me the tools that I needed to improve. In just a couple months, I am finally running pain free and feeling my strongest.
Above the physical gains, both measurable and those not so easily quantified, I’ve improved my attitude (becoming comfortable being uncomfortable as we’ve heard from Jason) and my confidence as a runner. Pushing the pace to 12.0 - 12.5 MPH on the Woodway for a final surge or two was beyond laughable a short-time ago, now it’s a reality…most days.
Before long, I started noticing subtle things: my heart rate didn’t get as high when we got into faster paces. I started recovering more quickly at my “easy pace” between intervals. When I took my running to the hilly streets in my neighborhood, I found that hills that used to intimidate me were now surprisingly easy, as I seemed to float to the crest fueled by my strong glutes thanks to RDLs and kettlebell swings.