UK Backward Run

no kidding and very excited

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02/07/2013 at 13:06

I've taken the plunge and entered the UK Backward run in Manchester.  Can't wait but bit nervous.  Anyone else fancy it? 

If like me you're a bit scpetical check this out http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1389790/Want-fitter-Running-backwards-way-forward.html

I've tried a few short runs and it really is a good laugh and my quads were killing me.  Don't think i'll do it all the time but there could be something in this...

cougie    pirate
02/07/2013 at 13:16
I don't think anything in the Mail will convince me....

I'm not surprised your quads were killing you - they're not designed to run backwards. Try dragging yourself forward by your fingertips too - you'll get all sorts of aches and pains from it. It doesn't mean its any good though.
Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
02/07/2013 at 13:25

I'd heard most Daily Mail readers have trouble running forwards.....

02/07/2013 at 13:29

I disagree with you on that one.  running forwards isn't exactly good for us either!  how many runners can claim to have never suffered injuries. besides runnng in the opposite direction does work different muscles and can correct imbalances.There's a fair bit of academic research showing how backward running is a more efficient way of training. just google

But i do agree with your comment re: Daily mail - usually a load of rubbish

 

cougie    pirate
02/07/2013 at 13:36
The only running forward injuries I've had is when I've fallen. I suspect I'd fall a lot more on a 20 mile backward run than forwards.
02/07/2013 at 13:44

Neutral gait?

and I guess you're one of the lucky ones or are you young enough yet to not suffer from all those of years of road pounding! 

09/07/2013 at 13:43

managed to convince a few of my cynical friends and entered a team for the uk backward run.  suddenly we are all trying to better our 400 metres backwards time. 90 seconds ain't bad forwards never mind backwards! apparently the world champion is taking part this year.

09/07/2013 at 15:43

I've read the Daily Mail article, and tried it out, but I keep on veering wildly to the right. Was there anything printed in the Guardian?

 

19/07/2013 at 09:03

Tried a little backward running when my calf goes tight after too much forward running but about 20 yards is enough. 20 miles would give all sorts of injury problems I guess

19/07/2013 at 13:36

hi muggle,

great that you tried it. you've earn't the right to critcise backward running now!

backward running is a great warm up and down drill

i would never do more than 1 mile backwards. More than that sounds boring and def more risky as you switch off.  I run backwards to give my lower limbs a nice counter-balance, stretch my back and put some quickness into my legs. i usually do a few 200 metre reps and when i find m rythym it feels awesome. 

looking forward to the uk backward run in manchester. hoping to dip under 8 minutes for the mile course. the course record is around 6 min something which is hard to believe.

19/07/2013 at 13:38

hi hallam blue - do you veer to the left when you run forwards!

sounds like you need to start off with backward walking until you've got your co-ordination then slowly build up to jogging.  maybe you're too tense? 

19/07/2013 at 14:06
Hallam Blue wrote (see)

I've read the Daily Mail article, and tried it out, but I keep on veering wildly to the right. Was there anything printed in the Guardian?

 

 

seren nos    pirate
19/07/2013 at 14:42
sarah the bookworm wrote (see)
Hallam Blue wrote (see)

I've read the Daily Mail article, and tried it out, but I keep on veering wildly to the right. Was there anything printed in the Guardian?

 

 

 

 

20/07/2013 at 21:53
Hallam Blue wrote (see)

I've read the Daily Mail article, and tried it out, but I keep on veering wildly to the right. Was there anything printed in the Guardian?

 

28/07/2013 at 16:14

2 weeks to go )))  Can now run a mile backwards in 8 min 23.  Very excited.

Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
28/07/2013 at 17:02

Bet you cn hardly contain yourself.  

03/08/2013 at 11:52

make that 8 min 16... hope to break 8 minutes on the day.   anyone else tempted.... there really is alot more to reverse running that you think.  i like the fact that it works all your lower leg muscles and gives you a good balanced workout.   but above all its fun and a good break to the drudgery of 5 mile training runs.

03/08/2013 at 12:00
Are you doing reverse sponsorship for the event? If so you can give me a tenner when you finish.
Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
03/08/2013 at 14:23

I've never had a 5 mile training run that was a drudge.  

03/08/2013 at 19:30
Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)

I've never had a 5 mile training run that was a drudge.  

Lucky you. Guess you have a high tolerance of repetition.  Personally my training runs are close to race pace so a chance to break the routine, give my body a rest and some recoup and do something different is most welcome. 

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