Birmingham,  Cross Training,  Running

A Week With Resolute Running

This past week I took a few classes at Resolute Running, a relatively new training center for runners in Birmingham run by Alex Morrow. Resolute Running held a week of free trial classes, which I jumped on instantly—obviously.

It was fun to try different classes and workouts that were catered specifically for runners—every move will make you a stronger runner in one way or another. I always talk about wanting to incorporate more cross-training into my schedule, and this was the perfect opportunity for me to get back at it.

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Kyle may be able to run Western States, but I can kick his ass doing the grapevine

On Tuesday I went to R-Dynamics, a class meant to improve a runner’s speed and agility. We spent an hour doing drills like suicides, one-legged hurdles, ladders, and other exercises across the floor. It was like a hybrid between my old dance classes and Insanity, and I felt just as sore the next day.

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Climbing that mountain!

Wednesday night I went to Hips and Butts, because we all know that summertime = sexy booty time. This class would be challenging on a good day, but coming off R-Dynamics plus two days of Insanity at home made my legs beg for mercy. We did a lot of floor work, squats, mountain climbers, wall sits, and more hurdles.

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Instruments of torture

My favorite class of the week was this morning’s Flex and Roll. The description on Facebook said that this class is perfect for people who don’t know how to foam roll—aka this girl. I knew this class would hurt like hell but would also be a welcome relief after everything I put my muscles through this week.

Alex taught us how to use the foam roller on our upper and lower back, triceps, and pecs. Who knew that you don’t have to harass your husband to get your horrible knots out! I don’t joke when I say that it felt like heaven.

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Rolling out those shins

We moved on to rolling our butts, hamstrings, calves, hip flexors, TFLs, IT bands, shins, and feet. Alex encouraged us to go slow and press deeper into any spot that hurt—like taking a hot poker and driving it deep into your body. But runners are masochists for pain, so it’s ok.

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Hurts so good

Usually I steal glances at the clock to see how much longer a class will be, but today I actually felt sad when I saw we only had a few minutes left. I didn’t want the torture to end! I learned a lot this week, and I’m going out in search of a foam roller of my very own tonight!

Thanks again Resolute Running for a fun peek into your world! And thanks Alex for letting me use your photos!

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