Posted by Amy | Posted in Mind Games, Running | Posted on 10-09-2010
Tags: 3 miles, FitBloggin, Running
My new found speed was not a fluke. I ran 2.81 miles in 35:18 at a pace of 12’34″ burning 400 calories. 40 seconds or so faster than yesterday.
I noticed something. At the start of my run, my body posture was on the stiff side. My core and upper body were holding really good posture however. Shoulders down and back, arms out a bit from the body, leaning forward into my run. My pace, which was on the fast side (well, faster than my normal la la la I’m running thru the grass oh look squirrel pace), felt very easy. I need to read ChiRunning again to get this straight, but the book talks about using your core to power your legs. Muscles are like rubber bands, when one set stretches, another set contracts, so to move your legs efficiently, you have to get your upper body and your arms going to push and pull your legs. I felt that my posture, while stiff, was really driving my legs today.
Until I started Mile 3.
At Mile 3 I felt my upper body start to get really tight and tired from this stiff posture. My legs felt great but my upper body was starting to ache, like when you white-knuckle your way thru something and your hands cramp up. I walked for about 50 paces, shaking out my body, cracking my neck. When I started running again, I made a deliberate and conscious effort to focus on relaxing my shoulders WHILE keeping that same posture. I felt great! Light on my feet, almost like my body couldn’t keep up with my legs.
BUT I could only keep that concentration for about a half block or so. I had to keep reminding myself and keep coming back to it. It was a struggle. This is exactly what frustrates me about meditation. When I’m made aware that I lack concentration, I get really crazed about it and that just drives more distraction. Oh hey look, shiny….