On the A to Z Running Podcast, professional marathoner Betsy Petry-Johnson discusses what runners need to know about glute function. Tune in for your running education!
Stick around after that for the latest from the world of running, including the Boston Marathon, a world best relay, and the Seoul Marathon.
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MAIN TOPIC: WHAT RUNNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GLUTES
Main Topic: What runners need to know about glutes
The human body is remarkable. While you may have been running for years, chances are your kinetic chain doesn’t always function properly. The gluteus maximus is the biggest muscle in the human body. Without it’s power in your running mechanics you are missing out on reaching your potential. As we discuss in this episode, you are not only missing on the potential power, but also causes other muscles to be overworked. In this episode with Besty Petry-Johnson, we talk about the Gluteus muscle group, each part’s function, how to know if they are firing, and how the gluteus muscle group works with other muscles in the body.
Betsy is a physical therapist and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist who has certifications in postpartum corrective exercises, certifications in Functional Movement System, and Functional Manual Therapy.
She is a triplet mom who founded and developed MamaMadeStrong, a postpartum recovery program.
Today we interviewed Besty about glutes and their importance. You don’t want to miss the chance to learn more about your body and the gluteus complex function!
“Knowing your weaknesses can help you make better, faster gains. It’s always fun to do what you’re good at, but you will see quicker progress when you target your effort in the places where you have the most room for improvement.”
Is it possible your glutes (or lack thereof) are contributing to other pain? Problems such as chronically tight and overworked hamstrings no matter how much you stretch, chronically tight and overworked calves no matter how much you stretch, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, achilles issues… all of of these problems have been known to be connected to the glutes.
I love how Betsy described the hip and the ankle/foot as drivers that set our body in motion in the proper direction. Next week will be discussing with Betsy this kinetic chain further by discussing how everyone has a pelvic floor and why no one should ignore it!
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WORLD OF RUNNING
AtoZrunner updates from the Boston Marathon:
- PR: Bill
- Additionally, great efforts by Jacob, Andrew, Brandon, Nikki (near PR), Mark, Karl, Mary, Dan, Julie, and Kathy
- Many of you, our listeners, also ran! Congrats to all!
#1. Boston Marathon
- 11 Boston marathon champions returned.
- Men’s Race
- The men’s race was the deepest in Boston history
- 10 men came in with bests under 2:06
- Taking it out like deja vu was CJ Albertson.
- This year, he drove the pace even faster, but this time he had a lot of company.
- Unfortunately for Albertson the wheels fell off a bit and he faded further than last Boston.
- 2:10:23, still a great time
- 13th place, third American
- There were 15 men together at heartbreak hill.
- Evans Chebet from 35k and 40k opened up on the field with a blazing 13:55 5k (that’s about 4:26/mi)
- Evans Chebet won in the third fastest time in Boston history
- He ran a 4:37 in mile 25.
- LetsRun, “Considering Chebet’s winning margin, the quality of the field, and his winning time of 2:06:51, this has to go down as one of the most impressive Boston Marathon performances of all time. 2:06:51 is the eighth-fastest time ever run in Boston.”
- First American man was Scott Fauble
- Dead even half marathon splits, 64:26, 64:26- 2:08:52
- 2nd American Elkanah Kibet also got a pb in 9th place overall in 2:09:07.
- Lawrence Cherono was 2nd place today (4th at the Olympics, 2019 Boston Champ), Benson Kipruto in 3rd completed a podium Kenyan sweep.
- Women’s Race
- The women’s event was deep, with the fastest field in race history
- 11 women came in with times under 2:23
- The race started off at a modest (but obviously mind-blowing pace for most of us to comprehend) pace of 2:27:11 pace in the first 5 miles.
- The group at that point was large.
- Miles 5-16 were the fastest miles which dwindled the lead group to 11.
- In fact these miles were the fastest in Boston history.
- In that section the ladies were running 2:14:52 marathon pace
- Obviously, things were bound to break up at this point.
- The group of 11 split into 3 groups.
- The top three ladies emerged early on Peres Jepchirchir, Ababel Yeshaneh (2020 ran the half marathon world record in 1:04:31) , and Joyciline Jepkosgei (former world record holder in the hald and the 10k on the roads).
- Reigning London champ Joyciline Jepkosgei was dropped from contention at mile 23.
- In the final mile, Jepchirchir and Yeshaneh exchanged the lead several times.
- Jepchirchir took the lead with a little bit more than 200 to go and went on to win in 2:21:01
- The second-fastest winning time in Boston history.
- Yeshaneh was second in 2:21:05.
- ‘The final mile split was 5:23.
- This is the 5th straight marathon Jepchirchir has won
- Yeshaneh narrowly missing the win was 2nd with Mary Ngugi emerging from the chase pack to claim 3rd on the podium.
- First American was Nell Rojas (for the second time) followed by Stephanie Bruce (in her final pro year) and Des Linden (2018 Boston champion)
- Molly Seidel dropped at 30k
#2. World best DMR…
(As reported by Letsrun)
- 3 pro studs and a HS phenom broke the women’s DMR world record in Boston
- Heather MacLean (Olympian, US champ) ran the 1200m opening leg
- Kendall Ellis (Olympic medalist, US champ) ran the 400m leg
- HSer Roisin Willis (US HS 800m record) ran the 800m leg
- Elle Purrier St. Pierre (World Indoor medalist, US record-holder, Olympian) closed with the 1600m leg
- Event was a big thing with New Balance wanting to represent the opening for the facility, a brand new sizeable indoor track stadium appropriately entitled The TRACK (no emphasis added)
- Full title “The TRACK at New Balance”
- World best time of 10:33 (3:14, 0:52, 2:03, 4:23)
- Use the wavelights, but they weren’t ever in sight (MacLean put those behind in short work)
- But the wrench?
- World Record and Olympic Gold 400m hurdler Sydney McLaughlin was supposed to run the 400m but scratched THE DAY BEFORE.
- New Balance called Ellis who was willing to fly from LA redeye to land the morning of the Friday night race
- Didn’t seem to be a big deal for her, though, with a strong 52-second 400m showing.
#3. Fast times at Seoul Marathon
(From World Athletics)
- Joan Chelimo Melly (Romania) won the women’s race in a national and course record 2:18:04
- Mosinet Geremew (Ethiopia) won the men’s race in a course record 2:04:43
- Not far back in 3rd place, Brazil’s Daniel do Nascimento ran a national and South American record of 2:04:51
- Only the 8th country in the world to boast a national record under 2:05
- The other 7 include Kenya, Ethiopia, Belgium, Turkey, Bahrain, Japan, and the Netherlands