Wondering if this could be reason for dreadful times
I have a weak right hip flexor but also a pretty weak core and hamstrings despite running and weight training. I've just started going to pilates which is where I've been discovering how bad I am. Looking online, I see that there's a link to poor hips/hams/glutes/core and speed. Is there a measured percentage of improvement that can be gained by improving these? I've looked online and have only found mention of improvement with no quantification of by how much improvement could be achieved e.g. 6%
After umpteen races over the past 9 years, following structured training plans for every race my pb remains at a ropey 27:33 for 5k, 61:18 10k and 2.15 for a half. ( I'm a 32 year old female). I'm digging for encouragement...
It's true that improving core strength, etc., should help your times, but I wouldn't say there is a set amount which they will improve by. I'd be surprised if tight hip flexors have significantly impacted on your race times; the biggest factor of all is your training.
You've got loads more experience than me (9 years more!), so feel free to tell me to bog off, but have you considered that your username (assuming you do think too much) and "structured training plans" are the problem?Have you taken time to enjoy yourself running? Are you overtraining and not letting your self recover? It's difficult to see without knowing more about your lifestyle and what training you're doing why your PBs might not be improving.
Got to say that I had the same thought as Rob.
There is no right or wrong way of doing things, but there is a right and wrong way for you. Maybe you are following the wrong type of plan for your lifestyle at the moment.
I've never noticed a significant change in my times when I've been tight or loose in any particular muscle group, but maybe it has made a few seconds difference and I'm a similar speed to you.
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