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Running Clinic by Pushmore & Puma Malaysia

Yesterday, Puma Malaysia organised a running clinic exclusively for Puma Malaysia Pacers and its running club members. The session was held at PushMore Crossfit Centre and led by PushMore’s very own two lead trainers (their names of which I cannot recall right now, SORRY!).

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It starts at 8.30am, which meant that I had to crawl out of bed at an ungodly hour on a Saturday morning all in the name of Puma. Yes, Puma Malaysia, I had to cut short my sleeping time by about 5 hours (at least) to attend this workshop. I cannot say I wasn’t looking forward to it though! I just wasn’t fond of the idea of waking up so early on a weekend.

So anyway, the session started when everyone (more or less) had arrived. Trainer 1 (you will know who Trainer 1 and 2 are in a bit) kicked off the session with an introduction to the Puma running shoe collection.

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The Faas and Mobium series. The Puma Faas series is light, efficient and built for speed. Whether you are a fore/mid foot or heel striker, the Faas series offers options for both with a heel-to-toe drop scale ranging from 100 to 1000. If you are a minimalist runner, you would consider the lower end of the scale and vice versa. I’m currently using the Faas 300 V2 and I’m loving every bit of it!

As for the Mobium series, according to Puma, it is a “Running shoe that expands and contracts right along with your foot, without constraints”. It is modelled with the human foot in mind with a high arch. There is also a unique outsole pad that is supposed to model the tarsals of the foot. Its adequate cushioning at the heel makes it suitable for long distance running. Accordingly, mid foot strikers would love the Mobium.

The Pose Running Method

After the introduction to the new range of Puma running shoes, we got to the highlight of the day – learning the Pose running method. The Pose running method is basically running with your feet directly under your body as you fall forward using gravity. By using gravity, as oppose to muscular energy, you are able to thrust forward using the least amount of energy and effort. This ultimately translates to more efficient use of energy. To complete the running cycle, the supporting foot is pulled upwards, instead of pushing it against the ground. This movement should be repeated, again and again……well, until you finish your run.

1098146_10203692934343498_2143407164_nBefore the method was introduced, we did a few laps for them to assess our running

1619359_10203692925303272_752181818_nSerious stuff

So again, to summarise:

The Pose – Standing on the ball of your support foot (with knees slightly bent), the ankles, hips and shoulders should be vertically aligned. When viewed from the side, the other foot should be off the ground, creating the number “4”.

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1507753_10203692938743608_1213647428_n The number “4” (close enough)

The Fall – Remember that gravity is your best friend. Work with gravity and allow it to pull you forward.

1619530_10203692945983789_2130704636_nThe Fall

The Pull – Use your muscles to pull the support leg off the ground while allowing the other leg to drop. Remember to pick your heel up.

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Trying it out

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If this method is done correctly, it will improve your running performance while minimising the risk of injury. Trainer 1 also mentioned that we should aim for shorter and quicker strides instead of one big leap. The foot should land under the knee and not in front of it. Also, there should be minimum movement from your upper body, keeping it compact without any swinging.

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Armed with new knowledge, we went outside to practice

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3 by 3

1898021_10203692935023515_1232334268_nGroup run!

Hydration Advice

The next thing on our agenda was on hydration. Here is a quick summary of what was advised:

– Start hydrating a few days before a race

– Drink about 500-600 ml of water 2 hours before a race

– After a race, with every kilogram of weight loss, 800-1500 ml of liquids should be consumed

– Try to drink at every water station

– Only consume sports/energy drinks if you’re running/working out for more than 60 minutes. If not, you’re just expanding your waistline

Running Strength Training:

Due to time constraints, squats were the only strength exercise mentioned. I guess you all know what squats are so I won’t be elaborating on that (maybe in my next post!).

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SQUAT!

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Ass to the Grass babeh!

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A good way to stretch out tight hip muscles

Ok folks, that’s a wrap!

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Thanks to Pushmore and Puma Malaysia for running this running clinic! I had a lot of fun and I’m sure everyone else did too! Cheers to many more workshops ahead!

Keep Running!

This just happened! (Okay, not really)

Oh, Hi!

So many exciting things, to me at least, have been happening both in terms of work and running. Since this is a running blog, I shall skip everything about work.

I’ve recently become more “public” about my running. It all started a few months ago when I heard that Puma Malaysia was starting a running club. If you know me well enough you would know that I’m an introvert solo runner, the lone ranger running around the neighbourhood. I have done so for the past 6 years (at least) minus the 1 or 2 times I ran with my neighbours. Solo running does have its perks. I started out as a solo runner because I craved that solitary moment. Completely clearing my mind and shutting out the world. Also, I’m always on a tight schedule. I don’t enjoy wasting time waiting for people to show up to run together. Or maybe I just couldn’t be bothered. It was not as if I had many running friends to begin with.

Deciding to join the Puma Running Club was a huge leap for me. Attending the first session itself was a daunting task. I was very nervous to begin with, and to be honest, the thought of getting free socks at the end of the first session was probably the only thing that pushed me to go. I know, I’m easily amused. For the first time ever, I had the privilege of running with pacers. We did 2 loops around the park which was about 4.4KM. And accordingly, I was considered a pretty okay female runner. Their constant compliments overwhelmed me. Honestly, I didn’t know what to say or how to react. The Puma Pacers were serious runners, timing themselves down to the very second. And there I was, running to feel, unbound by timing. After the first session, I went home a happy runner with free Puma socks and a bunch of new friends.

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By the third session, I was asked if I was interested to become a Puma Pacer. Wait, WHAT? Without thinking twice, I agreed. Mainly because of the FREEBIES (you knew that was coming eh?) and of course I thought that it was high time I shared my passion for running with other runners. I guess many people join running clubs because it gives them accountability, though I never really had a problem with that. I was disciplined enough to get my butt out the door to run and occasionally improving on my speed. Early last year, I think I hit a wall (not literally) with my running. I didn’t aim to improve, I was just drifting. I soon realised that for me, this was a perk of running with a group – I tend to put in more effort when I’m running with other people. There was also the wealth of knowledge from other runners; some of the things I learnt might have taken a very long time to learn as a lone runner.

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The Puma Family!

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Oh, and another family – Cari Group! These guys are crazy runners. They welcomed me with open arms to join their final run before the Chinese New Year. The kind soul on the far right paced me all the way.

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The rest of them! Elaine, the girl standing beside me, has been such a doll! Thanks for everything!

In my opinion, the best thing to do would be to compromise – do both solo and group running. The experience of running in a group (this particular group) has been an eye opener. They have been so friendly and so willing to share whatever they know about running. How they train, their goals, timing, races…… All I can say is that I am so blessed and overwhelmed and excited and anxious for everything that has yet to come.

Discover more about yourself and other runners!

Happy Running!