I wish now I would have saved the whole thing to look at later, but I did run backwards for a quarter of a mile with my kids (they ran forward) on their training run yesterday morning. They thought I was crazy and would surely get run over by a car. I didn't. I didn't trip or fall in a pothole either.
I also didn't feel like I ran a mile and a half forward, but it did actually feel pretty good and really worked my calves. So being the person I am I had to look up what the benefits of it are and the downsides if any.
Here is what I found in quick little bullets:
- Strengthens opposing muscles. Works quads, calves and shins. (Since I am a quad dominant runner I wonder if that part is a benefit or not to me.)
- Claims to burn more calories, up to a fifth or a third (depending on the source) more than forward running. (Yay means I can eat more)
- Can still run backwards with certain injuries like hamstring and groin, back, ankle, Achilles, and knee injuries. (personally I question some of that, but sounds good)
- Heightened senses since you will have to rely on your hearing and peripheral vision more (can you say Superhero?)
- Improved posture. You naturally stand up straighter when running backwards, this in turn helps strengthen the core muscles (yay)
My son decided he wanted to learn crow pose, although he refuses to call it yoga, but working out instead. It didn't take him too long to get it
The smoke from the Washington fires finally started to blow away and I finally got a real sunrise while out running yesterday. YAY! Although it was still a little muted.