My Thursdays will be a bit different for a while. If I can get a run on a Thursday morning that that will be good! So today it was good to get out at 10:30 to meet up with Tracy. She has been off for two and a half weeks with injury! She said she is biting at the bit to get back at, running again!
So I went to hers to see how she can achieve this. When I saw her walking just briskly I thought "This is going to be tough for her!" I was thinking that maybe jogging would be difficult let alone running. So our warm up walk is so going to be necessary! To keep it to a nice pleasant route we went through Jubilee park and not down Southborough Lane which I first planned on!
We walked up to the top pass the library and then turned left into Crest View Drive. From there I suggested she just run for 30 seconds, no more than that. As soon as she did I could see she was struggling, I was thinking that maybe we will just walk to Bickley Manor and then back again. She did try and have another run, but I think we both knew that it would be best to just walk it.
When we were walking back I had a brilliant idea, I wasn't sure how she was going to feel about it! But I thought, just a couple of exercises, out there on the grass, in front of everyone, if there was anyone around, and just see what we can do! She agreed! So I started to think about a couple of exercises that could strengthen the core, the glutes and the upper body! When we got back into the park and the open space I looked at the grass! It was longer than the grass that was in front of my house up until yesterday, and almost as long as one of my neighbours!
I noticed that the paths had been cut, so we are just going to have to requisition a quieter one to do our session. The first one was squats, just 10 of those and then it was on our fronts to do some planking, about 30 seconds. Straight on to our backs to do some ab crunches, just gentle ones, lift the shoulders off the floor. I thought that would be enough, and I said about doing burpees next time. "Whats that?" she asked, so I showed her. She wanted to have a go at that too! So five burpees done!
After that we walked along to finish the route. But just as we walking along I asked her about the way she ran. She was landing very heavy footed, and I was wondering if that was aggravated her injury more! So I told her about the PhysioMike's Scooby Doo style running. This I have told her before, when we run over the walking bridge, keep light on your feet, run on the front of your feet. She tried it and she said it felt better! We finished our walk once back outside her house. She was so pleased that she did it, made a start to get back to running!
Here's our geeky stats, but you will noticed that there is extra bits in there, and that's from my house to hers, from hers to Bickley and back and the from there to back home! Was good to get out, and just what I needed too.