The Week in One Word: Haphazard
I just finished week 3 of my 10 week training schedule (the goal of which is to finish my first half marathon in March). One word to describe this week’s running: haphazard.
I started out the week with ‘natural running’ on my mind so I was focusing on my foot strike, making sure that I wasn’t hitting my heal or toe first and instead trying to land a consistent mid-foot strike. Then I moved onto posture and tried to ‘fix’ the way my arms were moving. Then I worried about my speed and started considering if I should be doing speed drills on top of distance training.
After the first few runs, I realized that I couldn’t multitask all of these little self coaching bits and by the end of the week, the self improvements were all a total wash. I felt like I hadn’t improved on any of them.
Part of the problem is that I’m not entirely certain that I’m adjusting my running gait in the correct way at all. Or if I even need to make any adjustments to begin with! I watch videos and read articles but once you’re out on the road doing it, it’s pretty darn tough to really know if you’re doing it the right way or not.
I’ve decided that I need to get back to the basics and not overwhelm myself so I’m only going to focus on one thing next week:
That’s it. One little bullet point. That’s all that I’m going to worry about in week 4. So what about posture do I want to improve or maintain?
- Head: Scan the horizon. Don’t look down. Look around naturally. Enjoy the scenery! (Already good on this so gonna maintain.)
- Back: Straight. Good posture. Keeping my head up will assist with this too. (Most of the time I’m golden with this one too but there are low energy points of my run that this slacks so I’ll try to improve that.)
- Shoulders: Relaxed with free flowing 90 degree arm movement. (This is really hard for me!! I tend to run with stiff shoulders which ultimately turn into a shoulder crap at around 5km.)
Of course I’m still going to focus on hitting my distance goals but for now, I’m abandoning any additional self coaching bits. I’m just too green of a runner to worry about all that right now. Read more…