Day 20 – 30 Days of Running: Ready, Set, Go All Out
September 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
Ok, so maybe the “go all out” is a bit of an exaggeration, but I am notorious for starting my runs too fast. I’m not sure why I feel rushed to get going and reach a good pace, but the moment I hit the start button on my Garmin, I take off. During my 30 days of running mission, I have been making an effort to really pay attention to what I’m doing while I’m running. From my pace and breathing to posture and foot strike – I’m finally taking the time to evaluate all of it.
Some of what I’ve noticed that could use (a lot of) tweaking will take time, but one item on my list is fairly simple: Start easy. I used a couple of runs to gauge how long it takes my legs to warm up and for me to settle into a nice pace and found that it takes about 1 to 1.25 miles to reach that point. Not bad. This morning’s quick 5K was a perfect example of starting slow and seeing the results in the following miles.
A nice little progression run! And the bonus was that by the time I hit the end, I still felt great. It makes such a difference to listen to my body and let it dictate when it’s ready to pick up the pace. Before, when I was starting out each run without a proper warm up, I lost steam way too early in my runs. Now, I feel like I can take on some of the longer distances in my training with a better plan of attack. Everyone is different, but this works for me and I’m going to stick to it!
I’ve been a little lax on posting my runs here, but here’s what I’ve been up to the past several days: