This warm-up is based on Physical Therapist Gary Gray‘s Lunge Matrix. Personally, I do this before every run, i.e. I get out of a car or walk outside our house to the alley and I do the lunge matrix. No doubt there are other ways to warm-up, but this is the first thing – and often the only thing – I do before a run.
I don’t always practice what I preach, but I do do the lunge matrix before every run. I should do more mobility and flexibility work before each run but somehow I convince myself that I don’t have enough time and that the extra 4 minutes of running is of greater benefit then properly preparing for the run. As my college track coach liked to say, “Never underestimate the human capacity for self-deception.”
You don’t have to answer, but I couldn’t think of a better title as I’m up…and I probably shouldn’t be as tomorrow I hope to do the running portion of Renee’s workout.
But I thought I should share the email I just sent to Richey. Richey is Dr. Richard Hansen and he’s making me a better coach. When I have a question he pours over research articles and texts, then thinks a bit, then responds. He’s the reason you should open a twitter account; if you follow him @ARTSportsChiro and you’ll be a better coach, I promise. At the bottom of this post is a video of him working on Hatch following Hatch’s race two weeks ago.