ImageProxy-5.mvcOne of the worse things that runners face is injury. It puts you in “time out” till you heal and then you can go back out and play. And while your in time out, you see all the other people running, smiling, almost taunting you. Jerks.

So, one way to be a good little runner, and not get put on the side lines, is to take care of the rest of the body that isn’t moving back and forth. If you think of your body as a car, it doesn’t matter how fast, colorful or big your auto is, if the engine isn’t being tuned up and addressed, it will stop running.

How do you keep your engine keep  going? Strengthen that core! And if you keep it simple, you will more likely do it. Right?
Let’s keep it simple! O.K.? I like to work of the rule of 3’s. 3 things to remember and that way your more likely to do?

When? I like to do core work at least 2 times a week and right after a run. I know I have to run, so I just tack it afterwards.

What? Start with planks: on your elbows for 2 x :30 seconds. Next “SuperWomens” flat on your tummy, and raise your arms from your shoulders, and legs from the hips straight in the air. Hold it for 15 seconds and repeat 3 times. Last: Upside down toe touches; On your back, legs straight up in the air and try to touch your toes for 1 second, then back down. Up and down, for 30 second. Then repeat 1 time. IMG_0158

Start with that, and then you can add additional exercises.

Keep it up and make it a habit. It’ll lead to a healthy, happy and less injury running life.

If you need some extra motivation, I coach a RE:Boot Camp M-Th near Green Lake. We have lots of fun and get those cores very very happy. Details and Sign Up Here: