If you ask a professional how to become a better runner or how to prevent injuries, they usually will tell you to strengthen your core. As stated in this article from Runkeeper, “having a strong core sets a solid foundation for strength in the rest of the body.” So, runners often are advised to do crunches or planks, but last week I learned more challenging core exercises to throw into the mix.
But first, it’s that day of the week when Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness host the Friday Five 2.0 link up, and it’s that time of the month when Marcia invites us over to come clean with our Runfessions.
I runfess, that I am grumpy over my first business trip of 2017, which starts today. I will be holed up in a hotel with only the hotel gym for exercise–no Orange Theory Fitness, no CycleBar, no Revolve, no Core Power Yoga. It’s only a week, but it’s a full week–from today through next Thursday. I know I’m whining but …
I runfess, that I also am worried about losing the grip on my eating that I’ve fought so hard to regain after the holidays. I did great with Laura’s sugar detox, but last week I wasn’t as careful, and this week I’ll be at the mercy of the hotel menu and group take-out orders. I have to remind myself that I have full control over what I put in my mouth and don’t have to reach for chips and candy just because it’s there …
I runfess, that my body probably will benefit from a week of less intense workouts. I haven’t been good at taking rest days lately, and while I plan to start my long days at the hotel gym, I won’t be pushing myself as hard as I would at my studio classes.
I runfess, that every time I try a new core exercise, I discover a new weakness! Last week I attended an injury prevention seminar put on by MedStar Sports Medicine in conjunction with the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Not surprisingly, they spoke a lot about core strength, but they introduced a series of exercises I had not heard of before, based on the bunkie test (which I also had not heard of before–I think “bunkie” refers to the stool used in the exercises). The series has five different poses which each focus on a different line of myofascial tracks.
This one targets/tests the medial line and is the hardest for me:
I am doing a forearm side plank with my top leg on the stool
and my bottom leg raised so my foot sandwiches the stool.
The MedStar Health physical therapists suggested trying to hold each of the bunkie test moves for 15-30 seconds. That sounds like something to work up to.
I runfess that I got sucked into the rice cauliflower craze when it was a craze–is it still a craze?–and bought a bag when I saw it at Trader Joe’s a few months ago, but didn’t try it until last week.
Truth be told, it tastes like … cauliflower. Which I like. And reminds me of mashed cauliflower. Which I also like. But my husband wouldn’t even try it, because it smells like cauliflower too. 😉
Is there a core exercise you love to hate?
Do you love riced cauliflower?