I've been making some changes to my running stride - changes that will make me a better, injury free runner in the long run. In the short term every run is a mental battle which becomes a physical battle. If you've worked on changing your running stride you know what I mean. If you haven't but have worked to change your swim stroke it's the same lost feeling only drier.
Thinking about an activity - mentally trying to engage your lower core and glutes actually raises your heartrate - with no increase in pace. Thus each training run is more work than you think it should be. That's where I've been for the past couple of weeks.
Last Saturday I ran in the Team Ortho Get Lucky 7k. I was running it with TFI athlete HK. She's generally a little faster than me and with the way I've been running lately she's much faster. Great - an opportunity to embarrass myself in front of an athlete I'm coaching.
She (like all of us) tends to go out a little too fast. We discussed running together for the first 2 miles so I could hold her back a bit (or a lot). Then she could cut the strings and fly.
|Nearing the end of the 7k (photo courtesy of Steve Stenzel)|
We built our pace through the whole race and passed over 2000 people (which is a fun way to run a race).
I ended up running 2 minutes faster than last year. A time I thought I had no chance of repeating much less beating.
All this work on my stride is paying off and it's refreshing to find that out.