Running is supposed to be easy….right???
Get dressed in your running gear, lace up your shoes, head out the door and run. Well, some things are easier said than done.
After eight weeks without running I could not wait to get outside and run, but being restricted to just a half a mile was tough. I desperately wanted to run at least 3 miles, but I also desperately do not want to get injured again, so I have been running my half miles.
I was so excited to head to the track to meet up with the We Are Athletes Racing Team and my coach, Fred. I had been running for about 4 days and needed Fred’s wisdom on how to build up my mileage safely. I started with a quarter mile warm-up, followed by drills which I only did one set of each instead of two and then stayed back to talk to Fred while everyone else started their workout.
Fred really thinks I need to focus on form, so he had me run a quarter mile, in what I thought was good form, but according to Fred it was actually robotic. The problem with focusing on good form is that your mind actually thinks too much, which makes you run like a robot. A few instructions and a few 20 yard runs later, I finally understood good form.
My biggest problem lies within my normal everyday posture. I stand slanted and hunched over, because that is comfortable for me…..unattractive, yet comfortable. Fred picked up on this right away and informed me that if I couldn’t stand correctly, how could I possible run correctly. When you only focus on good form when running, but neglect it all day long, the running suffers and injuries occur.
What does this all mean?????
First and foremost, I need to focus on good form while running, walking, and standing…..every day and all day. I have always had abd posture, I know it, neglect it and continue to have bad posture. I need to make a change by focusing on my form and strengthening my core.
The plan to improve my running starts with only running a half mile until Tuesday, as long as I maintain good form. When I get tired, I lose my good form, so when that happens I stop and rest. After I rest I continue up until I reach a half mile. I will continue this process until Tuesday, at which time I can increase my mileage to a mile as long as I maintain good form.
This is a solid plan, but it is hard, because I really want to run more. I continue to cross train with spinning, weight training, yoga and pilates. I do all these activities so that I can maintain my fitness level and strengthen my core. As hard as it is to go slow, I know I need to so that I can increase my mileage, stay injury free and be able to run my marathon next year.
Injuries suck. Taking it slow sucks. What keeps me going is knowing that by taking it slow I increase my chances of staying injury free.
It is hard, but who said life was easy. I am ready to run with good form, even if that means taking it slow. I am ready to make it through 2013 uninjured. I am ready to run a marathon.
According to Aesop, “Slow and steady wins the race.” According to Alea Roach, “this expression means that consistency, although progress may be slow, will eventually be more beneficial than being hasty or careless just to get something done.”
I am ready to go slow so that in the end I can succeed.
I hope everyone has had a great weekend!!!!
What inspires or motivates you this Monday???