Posted by Amy | Posted in Mind Games, Running | Posted on 09-09-2010
So, my runs as of late have been sort of like “pleasure runs”. I’m out touring the neighbood, rocking out on my iPod and just generally enjoying myself. That’s awesome right? Except I’m forgetting that running is exercise and you’re supposed to be exerting yourself.
On my run yesterday, I noticed two things.
- My butt bruise did not interfear with the mechanics of running, BUT it was painful, like a big hand of God pinching my bottom REALLY hard with each foot strike and THAT was distracting.
- I was barely out of breath while running and was going way easy on myself.
My 3 mile loop runs have been stuck at between 40 and 43 minutes. I’ve been trying to figure out how to run faster, how to pick up your pace and work harder. When I make a conscious effort to do that, I don’t know what happens, but it doesn’t work. I feel like I can go faster for about as long as I can concentrate and then when another goofy thought pops into my head, all that effort stops.
I don’t think I figured it out, but for what ever reason, my body just moved faster today. I felt a physical change in my form. I felt myself being taller and longer, leaning into my runs ala ChiRunning. I felt my core engage and pull my legs up. How do I know my core was doing the heavy lifting? With about 3/4 mile to go, I felt my abs giving out. I wanted to hunch into myself and slouch. It was a bit of a struggle to keep that form up for the rest of the run.
I ran 2.82 miles (which is actually 3.1 but Nike+ is wacky like that) in 36:56 at a pace of 13’06″ per mile burning 401 calories. That’s what, like 5 minutes faster than my last 3 mile loop? AND I wasn’t exhausted or burnt out or out of gas or anything.