Core & More Challenge

Who doesn’t want a healthy flow of internal energy to the spinal nerves that mediate your movement and increase your intuitive powers for coping with stress? This two hour mini-camp is your chance to find out what that really means. It’s no secret that too much running coupled with haphazard core conditioning can leave you weak, uncoordinated, vulnerable to overuse injuries and hamper your development of good running form.

Your camp experience will be a memorable one where you’ll learn key core exercises, from the ground up, that build the overall muscular strength in your stomach and back so you can absorb the forces produced by running efficiently, throughout your whole body.

Plus you’ll get help organizing the new series of movements into a versatile routine that complements your running perfectly. You’ll understand what it means to run ‘on your legs not with them’ and exactly how to take the newly discovered coordination, body control, power and agility directly into your daily runs and why it’s important.

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Alexander Technique

F. M. Alexander (1869-1955), a pioneer in mind-body education, developed a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, and flexibility. Today this remarkable work has exciting implications for all human performance including running. The technique helps us identify habits of thought and movement and prevent them from interfering with the natural and efficient coordination we once knew as children

“Where the head leads the body follows. The relationship of the head to the torso is of vital importance. The perfect running posture is tall. Imagine a pulley attached to your breastbone lifting your chest gently upward. The back is lengthened with the head and neck naturally balanced at the top. This alignment pattern is both challenged and strengthened by leaning slightly forward to gain momentum. Disturbing the natural balance of the head by thrusting it forward brings a downward pressure that creates shortening along the front of the torso, restricts breathing, and puts strain on the lower back.” – Malcom Balk – Master The Art Of Running

Alexander Technique 

Find Your Foot Posture

The average person takes nearly 10,000 steps a day, which means that our feet bear the burden of several hundred tons of weight each and every day of the year. It is estimated that an average person will walk enough steps in a lifetime to travel around the planet more than 4 times — approximately 115,000 miles. Imagine how distance running adds to these estimates!

This camp provides a basic understanding of the general anatomy of the foot, which is extremely helpful in terms of finding your own personal “foot posture” and “neutral ankle” for the greatest range of motion. The result is that your feet can absorb more impact from ground reaction, and store the energy returned to them from the earth on a stride-by-stride basis. This unique ability is evident in many of the renown African runners, particularly those who grew up running barefoot.

“Regardless of your sport and regardless of your age, consistently doing your sport is what builds expertise and carries that improvement curve long into the future. Without a consistent commitment to body learning, it’s tough to keep any sport fresh. What I mean by consistency is not just doing the same thing over and over in the same way. I mean you consistently make a commitment to refine the mechanics of how your body moves in all required motions of your sport. I mean you make it your goal to learn something new each and every day you train.” — Mark Allen – Fast After 50 by Joe Friel