Quote of the Day

Whether at work, at home or in public, we have been trained to believe that who we are at the core of our being is often unacceptable. As a result, we work diligently to live up to – and sometimes down to – what others have made us out to be, whether or not it is an accurate reflection of who we are.
 
Iyanla Vanzant
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The Core of Running

I am ectomorphic. I have a naturally lean physique. I have never had to worry about any extra weight on any body part. I also have a very hard time trying to put on weight of any kind. Muscle or fat. 

This is the bane of my existence. Many people tell me I am lucky. These people could never be more wrong. 

Being too thin is just as bad as being obese. 

I know what your thinking, “Your nuts. Thats just not possible.” 

Well my friend, I am here to tell you, its true. 

Fat builds up around the heart and liver, increasing the chance for diabetes. Anemia, osteoporosis, from brittle bones, immune deficiency and fertility problems are just a few problems that arise when you are thin. 

Now, I am not rail thin. I do have some meat on me. I attribute this to the running and the weighted R.O.M. exercises that I have to do. Thankfully for planks, I have a very trim core section.

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Here is an infograph I found recently to help you transition into working on your core. 

As a runner, I need to have a solid core. It helps move me along when it comes to my running. 

A solid core, strong glutes, abs, and lower back, are very important when it comes to stability, power, and endurance for your miles of running. 

I used planks and push ups as a alternative to smoking. These helped curb my cravings. Another benefit was the V leading down to my pubic area got more defined. And to the gentlemen out there, trust me, the women love it. 

I DO NOT do crunches. They are bad for your back, abs, and neck. You are putting unwanted strain on them, and pulling them out of their natural posture. 

I hear that with the increase strength in your core, you increase speed, stamina, and reduce your chance for injury. I will never find this out, as a previous leg injury is not allowing me to discover these newly added benefits. 

If you are enjoying these benefits, please let me know what you do, and how they have helped your running. 

Be a trailblazer my friends. 

As Henry David Thoreau says, “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”