The biggest change to my training program has been the input I have put in towards my hurdling. I’ve never had the opportunity to really focus on it before due to previous injuries and then illness.
I have started to do hurdle drills under the watchful eye of Nick Dakin. So far it has been one of the most valuable things I have ever done. Previously, I had never done any sort of hurdle work apart from one or two sessions before major races! But now they are a consistent part of my training program – not only increasing the mobility of my hips but more importantly increasing my confidence over the hurdles.
I used to only be able to hurdle off my dominant leg ONLY – but we are in the process of changing this through drills and I can see and feel a big difference already.
Drills are not just specific for steeplechase or hurdling. Many of the athletes i’ve seen down at the track – from sprinters to marathon runners – all do certain drills involving hurdles. They help strengthen the hips and glutes which is important for running any distance and really enforce the the correct movement patterns for running, driving the knee through!