As “everyone” knows by now, I am a more than a bit of a ramshackle mess and I have decided to really work on rehabbing this old body.
Yes in other words I am trying to get it back to where I want and where it needs to be for me to be able to run pain-free or at least as pain-free as possible.
Over the course of the last few weeks, I have done a lot of the routines in Bruce Wilk’s – The Running Injury Recovery Program and Matt Fitzgerald’s Brain Training for Runners and while the routines are working, I am not completely…well satisfied with how it is going.
I have followed James Dunne and his blog Kinetic Revolution for a while now and I like/respect the information that he provides. A little while ago, I saw his 30 day challenge, but decided that due to my hamstring issues that I wasn’t ready to do it yet.
Fortunately for me, starting last Thursday, I found part of the solution for me and my hamstring has come a long way and when I read Dan’s post over at Run, Rest, Repeat
I got more intrigued by the
and I decided to watch more of the videos on why I should join the challenge and got motivated to go ahead do it.
So yes, I signed up for the Kinetic Revolution 30 Day Challenge and I plan to go through the entire cycle.
Even though I already worked out today, I went ahead and did the challenge activities:
- Hip Flexor Stretch – 3 sets [20s hold + 20 reps] – yes I could feel them in the front of each leg
- Hamstring Stretch – 3 sets of 20 reps each leg – still working on stretching things out here and it felt pretty good
- Adductor Stretch – 2 sets of 10 reps – holy crap no flexibility at all here. This is one I will need to work on a lot.
- Single Leg Balance – 2 sets of 30s on each leg, with eyes open – This is something I have worked on for a while with my other routines and I was able to do this pretty well, going directly from one activity to the next one on each leg without stopping – although I did find drawing the alphabet with each foot challenging.
I do know that if I hadn’t been doing the Wilk’s and Fitzgerald routines, that these would have been holy hell – hard.
I think what I will do is do the Kinetic Revolution Challenge activities and add in the ones from Wilk’s and Fitzgerald, along with the face-down eccentric hamstring curl that seems to be working so well for me and see where that takes me.
Oh, I will be careful and not attempt to over-do it, but at the same time, I have a feeling that James is going to give me a bunch of different exercises that I can see how they are performed, do them and see if they work for me and as long as they are available, I can go back and re-watch them to check to make sure that my form is correct.
Overall, I was challenged by the exercises and they are different from the ones that I have done, which is nice to add some variety to my rehab routines.
Thank you James for putting together this challenge and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s sets.
If you are interested in learning more about the Kinetic Revolution’s 30 Day Challenge, click here.