After three months of total rest after labor, another three months working on basic and basic-ish exercises to strengthen the core and pelvic area, and one full month dedicated to one of my favorite types of exercises, running drills, it feels great to be running again!
I am a huge believer in “technique before speed”. Getting fast is usually the ultimate goal for runners, but after all these years of racing and coaching, I learned that speed will come easier and will lower the risk for injuries when we work on basic drills that improve our ability to run fast efficiently. With that said, the exercises on this next video will suit not just new moms returning to physical activity, but anyone that is looking to improve strength, stability, coordination, and speed.
If you’ve never tried running drills, these are the perfect way to start. You can do them once a week, before or after your run!
On a side note, I’ve decided not to race the Honolulu Marathon this year. I could list a ton of excuses, but the simple truth is, my heart and energy at the moment is somewhere between playing with Sky and working. Don’t get me wrong, running 6 to 10 mile runs at a comfortable pace is still my favorite meditation technique. But when the time to log more miles came, I caught myself prioritizing everything else other than the long and fast runs. That’s when I realized, this year will be another year supporting and cheering for all of you. Meanwhile, I will be working on my running technique, so when time to race comes again, I will hopefully be ready and sharp.
* IMPORTANT *
Consult your physician before performing these exercises.
Make sure all incision sites or tears have completely healed. Also, start slowly. Listen to your body. Be mindful of your current health and any restrictions that are appropriate for you. Seek medical attention if there are any unanticipated changes to your physical condition at any time.
exercises designed by: Physical Therapist, Rose Tamayo, from Queen`s Medical Center
photo & video by: Delo Dayondon
aerial drone footage: Robert Oehler
outfit by: Lululemon