A Runner’s Alphabet—M Is for Muscle – Running for Masters
is for muscle.
Don’t worry, this definitely won’t be a lecture on anatomy!
I’m all for strength training (with or without weights) to keep your muscles strong and improve your running. But another type of inner work can also help.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I am a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. You can find a fuller discussion here, but the short explanation is that about 120 years ago, an Australian actor named F. M. Alexander discovered that by detecting and releasing, or undoing, unnecessary muscular tension, he could improve his speaking voice, his posture, and all the activities in his life.
I’ll bet you’ve seen runners—especially older runners—walking with a forward stoop. Most likely, they also run that way. How do you think that feels?
Try this out for yourself briefly: Lean forward into a slight hunch and take a very short walk, no more than a few paces. Then try running in your hunched pose—again for…
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