Today’s run (street): 3.6 miles
I thought about yesterday’s NY Times article when I went out for my morning run. As I took off, I realized how much I’ve focused on mid-foot landing at the start of every run. Today would be different. Let my foot fall where it may!
It was another perfect running day. I appreciated the experience, and was pleasantly surprised to see few cars and buses on the road. I went out earlier than normal because I had business in the city and needed to catch a morning train. My stride felt completely fluid and I wondered whether I was running more efficiently by not attempting to land on my mid-foot. It could also have been the cool, dry weather that was making the run feel easier.
Moving along this way, I’d hoped to see at the end that I’d compiled an amazing time. No luck there, it was just slightly better than my normal moderate pace (faster than easy, slower than brisk). Still, it was an improvement of 15-20 seconds (per mile) over what I’d averaged this past week. Was it the decision to run without thinking about where my foot landed? Or was it that I had some additional energy today? Perhaps it was the fact that I pushed just a little harder this morning.