Sunday, April 15, 2007

A day at the park


A Runner's High in Flagstaff hosted a great clinic for athletes in training on Saturday. The group was composed of local athletes training for 5k, 10k, half marathon, and full marathon. Stay Tuned Therapeutics was there, along with Phil Wharton, to provide guidance in flexibility training, and give encouragement to these runners as they embark on this journey.

First thing we did was get these folks on the ground, unload the gravity, and teach some flexibility. We went to Wheeler Park and had 70 people spread out and lay down. We taught a simple 10 minute routine in opening up the hip flexors and hip extensors. We turned on the glutes and opened the lateral hip, and addressed the springing system with-in the feet. Threw in a little spinal rotation and side bending for the Thorax and Lumbar spine and off they went.

After their run, and back at the store we stretched the runners and provided a bit of various recovery techniques on an individual basis. I taught some simple foam roller techniques for balance and maintenance, pointed out some postural dysfunctions, and met some great people.

Mike Friedberg was helping people get the right shoes on their feet, Phil turned people into Gumby and sold some books, and together we got em geared up for their success in running. Way to go team!

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