Hurdle Stretching

standard March 15, 2017 2 responses
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quad stretchIt’s that time again – hurdle season and so my workout routine amps up. The most important thing about running hurdles is the warm up with stretching. There is a series of hurdle stretches that I teach my student athletes before they even run on the track. Then after stretching, come the hurdle drills. These are quick and target specific parts of the hurdle running technique. After all that, student athletes are ready to hurdle. I could get all technical in this blog post, but if you’re really interested in learning how to hurdle let me know or if you want a list of the hurdle stretching routine.

I’ve been running hurdles since freshman year in high school and I love the event. I still run hurdles at practice because I want athletes to see how to actually hurdle. Most people think you just jump hurdles, but hearing that just makes me cringe. You don’t jump hurdles, you run them. Safety is also very important. If athletes aren’t careful or lose concentration, then some serious wipe outs can happen. I remember I was running sprint mini hurdles way back in high school and I tripped during a set and totally scraped up my legs and face against the track. It hurt so bad! I just got back up, got cleaned up at the nurse (after I stopped crying) and went right back to practicing.

I’ve been contemplating retiring after this season and although it’ll be bittersweet, I will always love hurdles and seek out tracks with them to keep running them myself. On that note, I’m hoping this will be the best hurdle season yet and hopefully it’ll get warmer outside so we can run on the track instead of the hallways at school. I do have some photographs of me running hurdles, but I’ll save those gems for a possible post season post because even though I’m not competing, I wear my competitive face all the time when running 🙂one leg over the other stretch blogger peggy kollias hurdle stretch hello, hurdle Jambu c/o: Shoes (option) // Nike: Sports bra (option), top (option) and leggings // Ray-Ban: option

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Adventurer

standard July 20, 2016 3 responses

Adventurer - 1Lately, I’ve been quite the adventurer! I love being on summer break because I get to explore the outdoors more and really appreciate nature. Last week I went to Starved Rock State Park with my sister and brother-in-law and we had so much fun on a hike. We couldn’t believe how beautiful the park was and how we felt like we were in a completely different place other than Illinois! I highly recommend going there if you need a little escape from the city.

Earlier this summer, I went on an amazing volunteering trip to the Dominican Republic. I did have some time though to explore the natural beauty of the country as well. If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Dominican Republic, I HIGHLY recommend going to the Damajaqua Cascades (27 Waterfalls)! It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I went with my friend Sapna and some other friends we met on the cruise and had the most fun day ever. Waterfalls are my favorite natural element and I couldn’t help myself from smiling and laughing the whole time because I really was having the time of my life (I may have swallowed some water due to this, but it didn’t matter)!!! Also, definitely stop by Las Cuevas De Cabarate for some cave jumping and swimming.

What both of these adventures had in common was my Jambu Oklahoma shoes! They are seriously the most comfortable exploring shoes ever and without them, I don’t believe my adventures could have been as fun as they were. They were able to keep my feet safe and cute while trekking through waterfalls and trails. Get yourself outside adventuring too and order a pair of the exclusive for Nordstrom Oklahoma’s now during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! You’ll thank me later 😉

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