Being a down to earth runner isn’t always good


Today’s run (street): 4.3 miles

This week has been a challenge, but I’m not complaining. I’m working on some interesting projects that have required me to spend long days in the city. I’m hoping all the walking I’ve done this week has provided some conditioning benefit. My running frequency has suffered a bit, but in terms of mileage, I’m not too far off track. Last weekend I decided to move my minimum training distance from three to four miles, so I’ve done over 8 miles coming into the weekend.

This morning I went out in 40 degree weather for my first run since Tuesday.  I started easy and picked up the pace about midway through. At one point I started thinking about the way I run. Elite runners are fast because their form keeps them off the ground most of the time. In comparison, I find that I spend a lot of time on terra firma. In the moments that your foot is touching the ground, you’re not moving. That explains a lot about my speed.

I experimented with opening my stride hoping that it might make a difference. After reviewing my Garmin’s performance data, it looks like it did improve my pace from that point forward. Tomorrow I’m excited to run with the authors of two excellent blogs: She is Out Running and The Petite Pacer. They are both great runners and I hope I don’t hold them back too much. I’ll try to convince them of the benefits of long slow distance.

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