Earlier this afternoon I took advantage of the mild weather we have been having in NY. I l tightened up my yellow Newton running sneakers and headed out. My running workouts as of late have been minimal but extremely consistent. (I am currently on day 388 of my daily running streak) A mile at an average pace has been the routine. This past week I got in a really good Speedwork out but other than that I’ve have been reluctant to push too much in the new year as I adjust to the new Yoga workouts I am doing twice a week. Rule no. 1 for me: don’t over do it. (unless your in a race, then go for it) Today I got in a much-needed longer run of 5 miles. It has been a few weeks maybe even two months since I have gotten in a long run. Long runs and short runs are very different. Long runs are much more about exploring your running technique and your own mental space. Longer runs provide a meditative zone that let you clear your mind and take notice of everything going on in a particular moment with your body. It usually takes me 20 minutes or more to settle into a consistent long run pace in which everything begins to settle. I find in important in a long run to give yourself a few minutes to work things out. For me, it is common for muscle problems to appear. Especially early in a run. I might have a pain in my ankle, or strange feeling in my knee for a few moments and then it will disappear. I say this because often issues arise and people put on the brakes and give up immediately. The best distance runners and triathletes have taught themselves how to get through those points of discomfort and keep pushing forward. Whenever you feel something strange while you are running give take a moment to see if your body can work through it or think about your form. Ask if you are doing something different. Where is your foot hitting the ground? How can you work through it? You might need to bring the pace down or even adjust something in the way your foot is striking the ground. But do not give up. I hope this a quick look into how I run helps you. As always I would love to hear your experiences and tips in the comments below.
2017, Day In The Life, Excercise, January, postaday2017, Run365, running, Yoga Comments Off on On The Run