Genesis Training to Run Teaches Mechanics of Running
Bobby Bunch Running in the QC Times Bix 7
He ran his first Quad-City Times Bix 7 at nine years old, crossing the line with his father.
Bobby Bunch has since run events of distances up to half marathons and typically trains 25 to 30 miles each week.
When it was suggested he could train Fleet Feet Sports runners training for the Bix 7 in proper running form if he took the Genesis Training to Run class, he didn’t believe there was much he could learn from such a class.
“I kind of had a ‘know-it-all’ attitude,’’ explained Bunch, a LeClaire-based musician, comedian and talent booker for corporate events. “That changed quickly.
“One month after taking Training to Run, it’s like a night and day difference in how I feel during and after workouts. I learned the right way to warmup and run and I just feel more fluid with the motion of running.’’
Bunch enrolled in the Training to Run taught by Genesis physical therapists David Wedeking, Kirsten Ukleja, Alyssa Gillund, Becca Wilder, and Candi Gardner. All are regular runners who have received specialized training in running mechanics. Two physical therapists are at each class session.
Training to Run is a brief course – three sessions of 60 to 90 minutes over three weeks – but the results were obvious to Bunch.
”I was running with a completely wrong form. I had no clue what I was doing,’’ Bunch said. “I couldn’t run very far without experiencing shoulder pain."
“Since I’ve taken the class, I have no shoulder pain and the dynamic warmup we worked on has led to a lot less stress on my body. I carry my arms where they are supposed to be.’’
Genesis Training to Run is designed to improve running efficiency and reduce risk for injury by optimizing running mechanics. The program is open to anyone 10-years-old and older. All runners, regardless of experience, can enroll.
“We have seen first-hand the incredible impact this program can have on not only keeping you healthy, but making you faster no matter your prior running experience,’’ said Wedeking, PT, DPT, CMT. “Several people who have taken the program have emailed their most recent PRs (personal records) and injury free runs."
“We love to get people early in their season, or early in their running career, in order to optimize their mechanics before they run into issues down the road.’’
Since the class, Bunch has adapted what he learned in class into his training runs. He will integrate what he learned into preparing Fleet Feet Sports runners for their own Quad-City Times Bix 7 runs.
“There is nothing easy about that run,’’ Bunch said of the Bix 7. “There is definitely adrenaline because of the environment and all of the support. There are no shortcuts.
“I’d suggest this program for anyone who wants to consistently run even 10 to 15 miles a week. Doing it the right way will take a lot of stress off the body.’’
Bunch said he also trains differently than he did before taking the Training to Run class.
“Like a lot of people, I used to just start running. I’m a lot more conscious now about warming up properly,’’ he said. “There is an entire list of warmup drills you can choose from.
“Even if you just run so you can eat pizza and drink beer like I do, I would recommend taking this class.’’
To speak to one of the trainers for Training to Run, call (563) 421-0800. If your running routine is painful, call Genesis sports medicine specialist Dr. Jose Armendariz at (563) 421-5700.
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