Five Things Friday #7

Five Things Friday is still going and I think I have found some good things to share this week. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Super Halfs

I feel like I totally missed this, so apologies if this is old news for you! As you know I am a sucker for a challenge and have shared my desire to complete all the World Marathon Majors. Well, last week when I was at the Running Show Alistair told me about the Super Halfs challenge. It’s a half marathon challenge, featuring FIVE half marathons in some pretty cool cities; Lisbon, Prague, Copenhagen, Cardiff and Valencia.

When I looked into it, you could get a series pass and you have 36 months to run all of them. Unfortunately, this has now sold out, but when you register they give you a passport number, so you can keep track of any that you enter independently. It looks awesome and I know that I would love to run some of these half marathons and eventually run the whole series! When am I going to win the lotto!!!

Five Things Friday #7 - Super Half

Power Hour Podcast

I have been following The Runner Beans for years now. I love her honest nature. Well, Charlie is on the Power Hour Podcast this week and it is a really good listen. So, I know I have shared in previously but check out the Power Hour Podcast.

Five Things Friday #7 - Power Hour Podcast

Improve With Luke

If you are like me and possibly almost every runner, you are not so great at stretching. I am currently struggling with a tight right hip so my go-to is @improvewithluke. The videos are very clear and just help remind you of stretches to do.

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๐Ÿ”น๐“๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐‡๐ข๐ฉ ๐…๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ๐Ÿ”นโฃ โฃ This is a very common problem, especially with how much time we spend sitting down vs moving! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธโฃ โฃ People might know that they need to work on some stretching and mobility ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ for tight hip flexors, but what might not be so obvious is the importance of improving spinal stability / core efficiency. โœ…โฃ โฃ Your psoas (hip flexor) attaches to all of your lumbar vertebra, and therefore plays an important role in stabilisation of your lumbar spine. โฃ โฃ If you donโ€™t create good, efficient spinal stabilisation through the rest of your core muscles, youโ€™re psoas can become overly tight to compensate for this… ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธโฃ โฃ So if youโ€™re struggling with tight hip flexors and stretching doesnโ€™t seem to be working, you want to spend some time on improving your core efficiently too…โฃ โฃ 1๏ธโƒฃ – ๐‡๐ข๐ฉ ๐…๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ๐จ๐ซ ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐œ๐กโฃ ๐Ÿ”ธ Great for improving the flexibility of your hip flexors (psoas / illiacus)โฃ โฃ 2๏ธโƒฃ – ๐ƒ๐ž๐š๐ ๐๐ฎ๐ ๐ฌโฃ ๐Ÿ”ธ Builds core strength and efficiencyโฃ ๐Ÿ”ธ Moving the legs means itโ€™s harder for the psoas to overly contract โฃ โฃ 3๏ธโƒฃ – ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐คโฃ ๐Ÿ”ธGreat for improving core efficiencyโฃ ๐Ÿ”ธDeveloped core stretch whilst challenging lumbar/pelvic stability โฃ โฃ โฃ Remember to never push into any pain or pinching โŒ and get professional help if youโ€™re dealing with ongoing pain / injuries โœ…โฃ โฃ โฃ Please tag any friends you think might find this useful, and as always any questions please comment below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿปโฃ โฃ โฃ #improvewithluke – โ€˜Free your Limitsโ€™ #TightHips #HipFlexors #HipFlexorStretch #HipMobility #CoreStrength #corestrengthening

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February Photo Challange

So this is a little premature, but it is about to start! So each February for the last two years I have run a little photo challenge on Instagram. Basically I suggest a theme every day and we post a photo linked to the theme and use the hashtag #rularunsphotochallenge. It’s just for fun, so if you fancy joining in, make sure you are following me on Instagram. It doesn’t matter if you don’t do it every day, just jump on and join in when you can.

A Summer on Track with Hayley Carruthers

So there you have it, another Five things Friday complete. If you missed last weeks, click here.

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