So, I’ve joined
a moderately an exorbitantly expensive gym (Equinox) and have been taking their Precision Running classes. Before this, I was an ok runner. I’ve run a half marathon with pretty little training, keeping about a 10 minute mile pace. That I finished was more lazy strategy than anything–I ran the majority at a pretty slow pace, but killed it for the last several miles.
Starting from head-to-toe, here are some basic pointers I’ve picked up from these PR classes and figured I would share. Also, I want to get back into writing and apparently it has been two years since my last post. #ytho
- Fool yourself into keeping cool. Okay, so it’s not really a running thing, but I hate being hot, and I get so hot when I run. Yes, hydrate, but to feel cooler (cerebral ninja skill), take a cold wet towel and sling it around the base of your neck where the brain stem is.
- Be a mouth breather, but only on the way out. In through the nose, out through the mouth. With intention, blow it out like no one is watching. Don’t be shy. Exhaling CO2 slows the lactic acid buildup/burning sensation (I’ve given in to the inevitability of it all, and allegedly it’s not all bad). The breathe in will generally take care of itself (body be like need air, suck in oxygen).
- Relax body parts you don’t need to run, like your jaw, shoulder and wrists which enjoy reflexively tightening up. I want all my energy going to the places I actually need.
- Keep your eyes looking up above the horizon to keep your chest lifted which opens up your lungs.
- Pump those arms. But don’t flail. Keep elbows close to body, bent at about a 90 degree angle, and swing in a back and forth motion parallel to your body. Apparently each arm swing helps the opposite leg kick up. I like to pretend like the bottoms of my elbows have weights on them. This also helps to keep my shoulders relaxed and down.
- Let physics guide you. Elongate that spine and lean forward to fall into the next step. If you have to run, let physics help you out.
- Running faster is a mix of lengthening stride and increasing cadence (foot strikes per unit time). Since I’m happy with my cadence, I focus on lengthening my stride. Lengthen that stride by working on extending the foot back (the legs reflexively shoot forward to catch your next step) instead extending out on your step forward. This works well in concert with leaning your body forward to fall into the next step. As to cadence, treat your feet like butterfly wings (or does that analogy only work for boxing, IDK). The less time your foot spends on the ground, the more time you are probably spending moving forward.
That’s all the writing I have in me for now. Wish me luck.