but this time it was in my head :)
First, tragic news!!! I was without Internet all day at work. Do you know how hard that was?? Do you have any idea how much work I got done. It was a horrendous day.
Okay, on with my post. I headed out this morning for my run and I just wasn't feeling it. My runs have been so awesome since I started back running, I figured it was time for a run that sucked. I decided to just take it easy. I figured I'd go slow and just really take it easy.
About 1/2 mile in my knee started bothering me. I know how it goes with my knee. I have to spend time in pain until the muscles surrounding the knee get strong for running, then it will stop hurting. Having no cartilage in your knee is not fun. I know what's going on and what will happen but I still had to whine in my head, when is this knee going to stop hurting, wah!!!
Not long after that I realized that my right heel was hurting. I tend to be a heel striker and really have to watch my form. I also notice that the slower I got the more I heel strike. It's the absolute worst when I'm walking fast. This triggered a memory. Before I had all these injuries I had really been working on my form, on not heel striking, quick pull-up, and staying straight. So I decided to see if I could get it back.
I focused on the lifting portion of the movement rather than the landing part. I made sure I was standing up straight and had really good form. Then focused all my energy on the pull. After a couple of minutes I noticed a couple of things. I had stopped heel striking and the pain in my heel was gone. I then noticed the pain in my knee was gone. I felt a lot lighter on feet. And I was running faster and easier. Hmmm, what was going on here???
Finally, my still sleepy brain started making the connections. When I run with good form all these good things happen. Could they be related?? After careful consideration, I decided that they were and I really need to work on my form more.
I finished my run, 2.5 miles in 31 minutes. That works out to 12:26/mile. If that's slow I'll take it, at least for now. I'm almost back to where I was 2 1/2 years ago and that really is exciting. This run did lead to a couple of decisions.
Next week I hit 3 miles. I'm going to stay there for 2-3 weeks and try to get a little faster. I figure it's time to start doing some intervals and hill repeats. Then, the week of Thanksgiving I'm going to start a 6 week 10k training program. There is a 10k on New Years Day and I want to do it in 1:05. My 10k PR is 1:08. I think I can do it.
So there you have it, the synapses in my brain are working again :)
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