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Happy birthday to us… Here are the presents for YOU!!!!

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Wow what a weekend! Just 5 years ago we opened our doors to our community of St Michaels with the dream of being a central point for area (and visiting) athletes to have to get the equipment that they needed. Our hope was that we would grow the number of people in the area who were concerned about their fitness and help anyone who needed guidance, achieve their goals. From our monthly Free 5ks to our group bike rides and runs, to our ladies’ night clinics (starting back up for the winter), we try to give back when we can. We hope that we have been able to help you in your journey!!

So this weekend is always a big deal for us. Not only is it the shop’s anniversary but Laura’s birthday is coming up (on the 12th) and the live streaming broadcast for the Ironman World Championships from Kona, Hawaii, are always played, bringing in lots of local triathletes. We all sat around last night and watched OUR Superbowl play out on live TV. This was after we were able to help out one of our community partners, the Talbot Humane Society, by timing their Bark In The Park 5k, on Saturday morning!! (RESULTS CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=83142)

Sunday morning we were going to have our 5th anniversary FREE 5k where participants brought gloves, hats and scarves for us to give to our local schools to distribute. The winds were howling, the rain was pouring, and yet 5 brave souls came out and battled the weather! Congratulations to Shawn, Steven, Grizzly, Todd and Mitch for coming out.   YOUR race results can be found at https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=83285

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As the day went on, we got a surprise visit from one of our friends, Senator Addie Eckardt, who brought us a State Citation for being involved with the community for the past 5 years. We were very excited about that and will proudly display this. We don’t do what we do for the praise, but it’s still pretty cool to see it. 😉

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Over the past two days we have had some generous door prizes donated by some of our friends and cohorts and any customer who came in the shop was able to put their name is for the prizes of their choosing. So, without further ado the winners are:

Algonquin 50k entry   – Brandon Chance

Hearthstone Fitness Bod Pod Assessment – Andrea Corner

6 month Membership at Fitness Rx – Alyssa Huff

$50 Gift Certificate for Eat Sprout – Heather Wheeler

Nanticoke River Swim and Tri entry – Dan Bieber

Cambridge MultiSport Membership – Andrea Smith

“Tri” the movie  (2 Tickets) – Matt Cook

1 hour massage with Kiley Slagle Massage – Shawn Carter

St Michaels Running Festival entry (2 winners!!!) – Stacey Smith  AND Olga Boyce

VTS MTS Triathlon (Sprint or Olympic) entry (2 winners!!!) – Nicole Adams  AND Matt Dunn

10k Across the Bay 2016 entry (2 winners!!!) – Dan Bieber AND Andrea Smith

3 months coaching with RRCA Run Coach Melissa Coenen-Lantz – JoAnna Murphy

3 months coaching with USAT Tri Coach Jason Chance – Kiley Shipp

Congratulations to everyone and THANK YOU for everyone who has helped us grow over the past 5 years. Here’s to 50 more!!!!

How do I change how I run?

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The other day I posted this photo on my personal Facebook page and instantly I received numerous posts about “How do I go from running like the person on the right, to the person on the left.”. It got me thinking that a lot of people recognize that their form may be wrong (ie hurting them) but they just don’t know how to fix it. Now I’m not trying to revolutionize how to run here, but I want to give an explanation that I give to EVERY person who wants to learn how to run more efficiently.  This is for the person whose feet, knees, hips, low back, etc hurt while running. This is not a “quick fix” but instead can help people enjoy a lifetime of running.

What’s the issue?

The first step in this problem is admitting that you have a problem. I want you to say, “Hi. I’m (insert your name) and I’m a heel striker.” 😉 Heel striking is the #1 issue that we see with many runners that come in to our shop (TriCycle and Run). Even if it is Laura that is doing the gait analysis (a FREE service at our shop) I can HEAR the heel strikers from the back work area. BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM. Sound familiar? Whether you are running on a treadmill or the road, if you hear that familiar BOOM, you are putting your body under a LOT of stress. I want you to look at that picture of the man on the right and, instead of a leg out in front, think of a pole vaulter. We’ve all seen that vault where they run forward with that really long pole and stick it in the ground and it bends… A LOT… and then whips back up. Ever seen one snap? They are under an immense amount of pressure. Now go back to the picture. When you strike your heel with your foot WAY out in front of your center of gravity (the chest for the men and the hips for the women), your leg just became that pole. When that heel hits, your lower legs, knees, hips, back take all of the pressure from that strike. And it doesn’t stop there, as you push forward with your rear foot, you now have to come up and over that pivot point to keep your momentum coming forward, so that you can do it all again…and again… and again. There is no “shock absorber” in this locomotion system. Just a foot plant, a pivot over the contact point, and a continuation.

So how do I fix it?

Over the past decade there have been many answers to the question of how to fix a heel strike. You may have heard of POSE method, of CHI Running, all of which focus on a “fore-foot” strike. This should not be interpreted as running on your toes, but instead focusing on striking the area of your foot IN FRONT of your arch. This is the forefoot area. In order to get to this area, though, we have to do something counter-intuitive… we have to shorten our stride. Now you may ask why that is counter intuitive but, prior to me saying something, if someone asked you to run FASTER, I can almost guarantee that you took a LONGER stride in the front, to try and gain speed. Remember that pole vault? Well you just make the pole longer, creating more force. Now what we want you to do is SHORTEN the forward stride.  Your foot should land slightly (inches) in front of your center of gravity (chest for guys, hips for women) and your propulsion comes from the push off portion of the run.

To start this kind of running, you should start in little sections. If you are running on a track, we say “Run the corners”, which means the bends on the track you try this new method, and on the straight away, you run normal. Little by little, you teach your body to run using this new method. But how do I start with a shorter stride?

Stand up straight… right now…. nice and tall. Try to stay tight in your core so you are straight line. Now, push your center of gravity (chest of hips) slightly forward but keep your core tight. The lean forward comes from the ANKLES. When your body weight shifts, and you start to fall forward, one foot will go out, but only slightly ahead of your center of gravity. TA-DA!!! THAT should be your running stride when you are focusing on short stride. Now (when you are done reading this) go outside and try this for 15-20 steps at a time to see if you can maintain this. The amount of LEAN forward that you use will help to determine how fast you go, not because you are extending the “pole”, but because you are literally falling forward and your feet are going to try and keep up so you don’t fall on your face. When you want to slow down, or get more control, stand up taller, and you will slow down.

When you first start to do this, your calves are going to ache a little because you are going to be using a different muscle to get moving. One of the things that I like to do is to watch videos of people running like this, whether you like POSE, Evolution, or CHI Running, find a video on YouTube so that you can see what you are supposed to be doing. For example, here is one of the creator of CHI Running showing the different “speeds”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgueZ4FcsbQ

So what now?

Now we consciously focus on running. We want to work on the lean and the striking the front of our foot for small sections at a time. Run the corners of a track, run 15 seconds… then, when you feel comfortable, add some more. Run the corner and a straight (about 200 yards), run 30 seconds. LISTEN (yes, that means take your Ipod off for a few runs 😉 ) to your foot strike. Do you hear BOOM BOOM BOOM, or ___________ ? Be aware of the moment and feel how your body feels and listen to it’s interaction. Over time, this type of running becomes second nature and most people who try it find that, within just a few weeks, that they are running pain and injury free.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to check us out at http://www.tricycleandrun.com, call us at 410-745-2836, or write us an email at info@tricycleandrun.com