1. What is going on with my pace? Yes I am very confused. I started running 2 years ago, and in that time so much as happened. The second half of last year, after an injury I took off due to lack of motivation and to be honest, simply being scared to get injured again. So after being contacted to be a blogger for the Cleveland Marathon again, (yes I am excited because it got my running butt back in gear) I started training. While I am doing the half I am starting my training early to help build up my miles again. When I started at the beginning of January I was at almost a 12 minute mile pace. Expected being out of shape and not running. Well I ran a 9:58 pace. I was not trying for speed, I was not any more tired than previous runs. That is a big jump, but I guess I am doing something right because I am getting stronger, and that is showing in my running.
While I was running today I decided to pace behind someone that looked strong and going a good pace and at one point I thought wow this is quite slow. I can not believe how slow this is. To feel like that again is nice. I did not expect my pace to start to bounce back this quick, but I know I still have a long way to go.
|One of my runs at the beginning of the month - not bad|
2. To run Inside or Outside. Yes most runners will tell you that they dislike the Dreadmill, and I am one of those. I will avoid them at all costs. I over think it and it is way to easy to hit that little button and slow down, LOL. The gym I go to has an indoor track, so I can use that to run, while I feel weird running in circles it is a nice option. Well today I took my son to school and knew that I had to make a decision- do I run inside or out side. The weather here in Ohio has been crazy, pretty warm actually so I have been opting to run outside as much as possible. Honestly I love running outside. But today it was a difficult decision. It was 34 degrees, not bad, but it was raining, and the rain was cold. I knew that it was a steady rain, I would be soaked so I opted to run inside. I draw the line at cold rain. I can deal with snow, not rain, at least cold rain.
3. Form. I have been learning that running is more than putting on a pair of tennis shoes you got from your local Walmart on sale and going outside. There is so much more that goes into running. First of all there is proper form. I have learned through searching about form because my shin splints were coming back. I want to be smart so I decided that I need to do something more than what I was doing because it was not working. I have noticed that as my form has improved, so has my pace (hmmm I wonder if that has something to do with it) that my shins don't hurt as much or at all after a run. I feel stronger. It gives me something to think about as I run. I am still learning tons about running form, so I am sure that there is more to come, but it is something to keep in mind how important running form is.
Keep up the great work and keep moving!
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