Run for the Balance of Your Life™
In the sport of running, the physiology of running is just half of the sport. Sure, it is important to know how far, how fast and how often to run, to improve your aerobic and anaerobic conditioning. But the other half of running—the Biomechanics of Running—is equally important.
Runditioning™ was created by Coach Mindy and teaches the "how-to" of running by incorporating running-specific tests, movements and exercises to improve running form and prevent injuries. The goal is to feel effortless while running and to be able to run faster with less effort due to more controlled movements. Runditioning™ is performed on functional training equipment and with your own body weight.
The 12 components on this page make-up the soul of Runditioning™. They are described in a fun manner so that you might discover what the essence of good running form is all about. Once you achieve all 12 components, you'll awaken as a new and improved runner and will achieve Poetry in Motion. The components are listed in alpha-order.
Not a doctor? No problem!
- Are your legs even?
- Do you have an exaggerated q-angle? Hey what's a q-angle?
- Are you an Ectomorph? A Mesomorph? Or an Endomorph?
Running is a full body sport, so throw-away those misconceptions that you only use your lower body. Keep your arms strong and you'll take some of the fatigue off the legs. Not to mention that they'll get you up those hills too!
What arm swing style do you have?
- Little drummer boy
- Chef Boy-R-Dee
- One-armed bandit
- The long and the short of it
- Cartoon character
- Working stiff
- Get wired
Running is the only land-based sport that is done solely on one leg. So why do exercises on two legs?
The psyche and the soma are one.
- Develop mindfulness. By becoming a mindful runner you will achieve body awareness within yourself.
- Develop wherewithal. By developing wherewithal you will achieve body awareness within your environment.
Your respiratory system plays a big part in efficiency and rating of perceived exertion (RPE). Knowing the rhythm of running will be the difference between feeling breathless vs feeling in-control. It will help to keep those nagging side stitches away too.
The mouth... the nose... the belly... the chest...
Time to kick some butt.
- Are you a duck? A pigeon? Or do you strike during church bells?
- Are you a ballerina?
- Do you lengthen your levers? Or shorten them?
It's only rock-n-roll but I like it.
- How to land? How do YOU land?
- How to roll? How do YOU roll?
It's mind over matter.
If you don't mind... it won't matter. But if you're putting in lots of time and energy, don't you think it should?
Do what your mother said... stand up straight, though not too straight.
- Do you have a vertical displacement?
- Is your head sitting at attention?
- Do you bend from the waist?
- Is your torso rotating?
Sport-specific strength is what you need. You'll strengthen:
- Your core
- Your legs
- Your arms
And you'll have fun while doing it too!
With Runditioning™ you'll get and stay strong whether you're in the gym... at home... on the road... or in your hotel room.
Take it in stride.
- Length: actual vs effective
- Angle: degrees in each phase
- Frequency: number of footfalls
- What affects it?
- How to improve it.
- Run up. Run down. Run all the way around.
- Run on the road. Run on the track. Run on the trail. Run on the treadmill.