I’m doing it all wrong and it turns out it’s okay.

So…this week. Yeah. Insanity.

I am waking up in the morning and racing to work early, racing home for some errands and hopefully getting a chance to run. Some days it works and some days…no.

Just part of life, right?

Thursday I headed out for the prettiest ~just after the rain ~ run only to realize it was super muddy on my favorite journey.  So I hung a left to take me on a different sidewalk.  All my runs are on the main streets of the city and the street lights came on and brought Christmas to the wet streets. It was so pretty.  There I am…running along in my bliss when I realize…huh… I don’t really recognize this area as being familiar and friendly.

Friendly being the key word  here.

So I popped into the local grocery store and called Sean to come pick me up. I’m very careful about being safe and this was just a little out of my comfort zone. He figured he’d be there in about five minutes and I “phoned a friend”.

I texted my friend Kat on the East coast but no. Sigh. So I called my friend Norma and she laughed and talked to me and harassed me for running in the wrong area. Whatever. I’m five minutes from home>  I guess I have to move. LOL

Then this morning I get a message from Kat “Did you text me from a weird number?”

Yes….way to be there for me Chick. LOL

I have two phones…one is for regular use, one is for running (it’s an older phone…much littler…it’s number is one digit off from mine and I always clarify when I text people so they know who I am). It’s an awesome phone and only costs me $5 a month to use. I like holding things in my hand when I run so it’s perfect for me.

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I’ve been working hard at shortening my stride and making sure my foot strike is as strong in the right place as it can be. I say the right place because science is giving us mixed messages now on whether or not we should work to correct our foot strike.

This article in Runner’s World talks about a study  where each runner landed according to their mileage.

They filmed 286 runners at two points in the Manchester City Marathon several years ago, and found that roughly 90 percent of them (with an average finish time of 3:57) were heel striking.

 

10K 32K Percent at 32K*
Rearfoot 251 266 96
Midfoot 9 10 4
Forefoot 4 0 0
Asymmetrical 22 10

* Percentages calculated after throwing out “asymmetrical” runners

To me, the most interesting part of the paper was that several of the LD runners switched to a heel strike (even while wearing racing flats) when their pace slowed to 5:21. The heel strike, and resulting longer ground-contact time, made them more efficient at this slower pace than midfoot-striking. But, again, we don’t know what caused this. Training … genetics … one’s life history … shoe type …. Which came first? Which has the biggest influence? We don’t know.
Until we do, the best advice continues to be: Do what feels right for you. Do what works for you. Don’t worry, be happy.source

I thought the table was most interesting…

Look at how many people are rearfoot strikers! Yet we’re constantly told not to do it. It’s bad for us. That we need to correct it.

So there were definite questions about foot strike and there were definite questions about shorter strides for women. Which is interesting because in a whole different study I read about how we should maybe be shortening our stride to get more speed.  I’ve been trying to do that to improve everything…my footstrike, my stride and my overall running form for a complete running form maximum efficiency.

I don’t want to go too far into it. I still just want to head out the door and have a relaxing run that feels good. Sometimes a small change can be smart and feel really right.

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What do you guys think of the new look of Runner’s World? 

I really like it but I can’t stand the banner that moves…The banner drives me nuts.

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The not so smart things most of us do with smart phones.

unless you’re flooded…then use the treadmill.

To everyone who is currently flooding please be safe. Love and prayers to you. 

Run on…