Thursday, May 9, 2019

Training Update and Talk about Form

10K training is going well. My training schedule got removed from Aaptiv, which as a little bit frustrating, but luckily I know how to create one pretty well so I'm working on doing that.

Monday I didn't get a run in because we had a date night! So I changed Tuesdays' strength training into a combo workout. 2 tempo intervals, then 2 sets of shoulder presses, bent over rows, and tricep extensions. All of that for two rounds! It was a quick workout but good.

Wednesday was an off day so all of my exercise was chasing my kids around and running errands.

Today is all focused on speed work.

I have started feeling like I need to be better about cross-training on my nonrunning days instead of just having another rest day. Either doing HIIT or strength training or going on longer walks. Just something to help me keep moving more regularly.

One of the things I've been working on a lot with my running is my form. It's hard to work on form because after running the same way for so long, it feels uncomfortable to run different even if it's more "proper". I can say that I've improved, but I am definitely not perfect. And I honestly don't know that many, if not any at all, are perfect at form.  I think that, to an extent, we all have the best way to run for us.  There is a best way to run when it comes to efficiency in running, but I think we also have to feel comfortable.

When I first started running I was a feet slapper and I didn't know how to correct this problem. It wasn't until much later (like a couple of years ago) that I realized that I wasn't slapping my feet anymore. I can't be 100% positive, but I think it had something to do with all the hill running I'd been doing. When we run hills we pick our knees up higher and lean into the hill more. It automatically makes up run on the balls of our feet. So I'm super glad that problem has been solved (mostly on its own) and that I don't get shin splints as often as I used to.

When I get tired I tend to slouch my shoulders and sink down into my run more. When I catch myself doing this, I'll stretch my back out by linking my fingers and pulling my arms above my head and then I'll reset. I'll make sure that I'm standing tall, my shoulders are pulled back, my core engaged.  I'll do my best to engage my glute muscles and tuck my pelvis in and then lean from my ankles. I picture how I'd look running. There's a lot to form and it takes a lot to get used to it. But once you've made your good running form a habit, you'll notice that you're running so much more efficiently than before.

And again, It's not something I'm a professional at. This is a work in progress and I'm still in the middle of it.

What is your biggest running form habit?

What do you do to help your running form improve?

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