Today I woke up early on my day off to go running with my trainer at 7:30am. That in itself was a feat because I never would have considered doing that before.
I'm considering (hypothetically) changing my blog title to Learning to Love Running because that is what it seems like I'm doing lately. I am not spending much time at the gym, but I am getting my workouts in elsewhere.
Run 1.5km with my trainer and learn what I'm doing right and what I'm doing wrong.
Walk/ran 1.5km outside in intervals of 1 min running, 1-2min walking. I even went uphill! It took me 13min 55sec which was a little disappointing as I guessed it would take me 12 minutes. But, the longer time was a result of focusing more on my form than on my speed.
1) My strides are good. Chris told me I should aim for one step per sidewalk square, I can do 1 for every 3/4 of a square. Running with my trainer she told me I need to do shorter ones than that so it was an easy change to make.
2) I am fairly relaxed with good posture for running. With few self-reminders I stay loose, I swing my arms at 110 degrees, I don't twist my upper body, and I keep my torso upright. Apparently I am "built to run" according to my trainer. It's just a matter of time before my heart and my breathing agree.
3) I slap my feet when I run. This is something I need to work on, but it was an improvement from running on the balls of my feet. It take a lot of focus for me to think about runnning through my my heel to my toes.
4) I run too fast for where I'm at currently. I need to slow it down and keep a pace that won't have me keeling over at the halfway mark. I need to work on running longer, not faster.
5) 1.5km goes by way faster than I thought it would when running outside.
1) Somebody's blog I read discussed a foam roller. Where did I read that? I need to start using one.
2) I am having a hard time with the reality that I need to purchase good (expensive) running shoes when I am only starting out. Will proper running shoes really make that much of a difference?