We are getting into peak marathon season! Our long-time friend Erin Taylor of Athletes for Yoga has put together a super helpful guide to mitigate those marathon problems, along with simple and time-efficient moves to address pain-points and keep you running!
Marathoners have problems. Even more problems than constantly signing up for an event that literally killed its first participant (!!). Imbalance can unravel even the best training block, and marathoners know all too well that riding the line between fit and frazzled becomes thinner and thinner as peak week approaches.
Athletes for Yoga has set up a great video collection to solve your marathoner problems from weak glutes to plantar fasciitis. Here are three of the top marathon problems from weak glutes to plantar fasciitis.
PROBLEM: WEAK GLUTES
No surprise there! Weak glutes — specifically, sleepy glute max — is at the root of some of the most prevalent and avoidable chain reaction imbalances.
Weak glutes and tight hammies are often connected because of your posterior chain. If you’re a runner who’s seen a good PT, you’ve likely heard about the posterior chain. The muscles should activate sequentially to optimize your stride: core stabilizers, glutes, hammies. But in runners, it often goes… hammies, quads, umm, calves… help! When your stride (for miles and miles) relies on what should be assistant muscles rather than the bosses of your stability and push-off, it can lead to all kinds of compensation pain and injuries. Glute Solutions