Earlier this summer, Lindsay and I worked together with our great friend and role model Jenn Desrosiers, to put together a wonderful morning for trail runners. Jenn has created two visionary projects: Laney&Lu Cafe and a wellness and lifestyle website, Wild Adventurous Life.
The topic of the day was Injury Prevention for trail runners. Lindsay and I used our experience and knowledge at DPTs combined with Lindsay's yoga practice to put together a short lecture on biomechanics, anatomy and how running affects the body. We created a handout for the participants to take home.
The lecture was followed by a lab on a grassy field next door to go over exercises that we believe are critical to strengthening and mobilize the body correctly to withstand injury. We took the time to instruct the group on posture and body awareness. If you are performing a lunge - what muscles do you feel firing? Where is your knee in relation to your hip/feet? These are critical questions - because if you are just doing a lunge with no focus; what is the point?
This was followed by a quick 30 minute trail run in a trail system nearby. This was led by the Exeter Run Club. The group spanned out according to their running pace with many fun conversations about running while getting to know new people!! This was followed by smoothies provided by Laney&Lu - curated specifically for muscle recovery and packed with restorative ingredients.
We had a wonderful day. This was the first of hopefully many collaborations with Laney&Lu for the wonderful space, invigorating smoothies and the opportunity to meet new people. I am energized by seeing people connect the dots with injuries and how to prevent them. Running is such a passion and necessary outlet from our busy lives so being able to teach people to pursue this sport safely and smarter is what I LOVE!