“I believe I can fly…”

“I believe I can fly…” really could’ve been the motto for our ASICS Running Club session this morning 🙂

I think I speak for all my running mates, when I say that we all had great fun at a very different kind of training this morning.

We did our usual warming up jog and stretching and drilling, but then we tackled a course laid out by our coach to test our agility.

I had missed an earlier session of this circuit agility training several months ago, & so was super happy that we did it today.

It was a bit like an obstacle course which we all had to tackle, with jumps and hops and more jumps.

There was a baton relay which was GREAT fun.

I had NEVER taken part in a baton relay, ever, and am therefore living proof that it truly is never too late in life to try something new!

But the star of the exercises was parachute training, which is exactly what it says.

You sprint, wearing a small parachute.

Like so:

Mudit in action, above, against a gorgeous wintery sky.

There is a small parachute, attached to a belt that you wear, and off you go running like the wind (in theory!!) with the ‘chute behind you, creating drag and making you work harder.

You can see a little of how it fastens on, from the photo (left), I’m wearing a belt with the parachute behind me, and was waiting for Harry to film one of our team.

The damp grass in the park wasn’t ideal, according to Coach, since it created resistance.

I imagine dry grass or a track would be optimal.

But the less than perfect conditions didn’t stop us all from having great fun.

I checked online to find out a little more about this form of training.

howstuffworks.com had this to say:

“The nylon parachutes attach to a harness around your waist or your chest and then expand as you speed up. As the chute expands, it creates drag, forcing you to work harder which, in turn, builds overall strength. Runners using parachutes create wind resistance even on a day when it isn’t windy at all.”

http://www.therunnersguide.com/parachutes/

This was interesting:

“The running parachute operates on a system of progressive resistance. Simply stated this means the faster a runner runs, the more resistance they experience. This factor alone makes it obvious that running parachutes are adaptable to accommodate runners of a variety of different levels of skill and speed. Slower runners will experience less drag than faster runners. However, both slower and faster runners will experience a sufficient amount of drag to challenge their bodies and cause them to improve.”

http://www.therunnersguide.com/parachutes/

Wearing the parachute and wanting it to float dramatically behind me certainly made me run faster, but the reality was quite different from the super phots you find online…

Online

Me

Ah well 😛  You can’t win ’em all 😛

Harry kindly did a super slo-mo of me in motion.  Please imagine the sound track of “I believe I can fly” playing…

But the undisputed stars were our 2 youngest members who tackled today’s training with great gusto:

A perfect end to a week in which we all took things a little easier, as we recovered from the half marathon.

Today’s training is, I suspect, the prelude to our next goal, as we all start working towards the many races happening over the winter.

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