Today I pushed myself 4 miles. (Remember, I have a 1/2 marathon I'm training for!) I had Jason go out and drop me off. I despise out and back runs. So we drove out 4 miles and I started. Jason gave me a few tips. He watched me run last Saturday in our 5K (for as long as he could keep up...). He noticed I was running up and down rather than forward. When he mentioned that, I remembered others saying the same thing in years past. So today, I was set out to focus on propelling myself forward rather than bobbing up and down.
It feels different running that way. My hip was feeling a little sore by 1/2 through the run. But I honestly felt like I was going faster! Then I came home and looked at my splits:
Mile 1: 9:00 (I NEVER run a 9 min/mile!!!)
Mile 2: 10:01 (Still pretty fast for me...)
Mile 3: 11:07 This mile was ALL UP HILL!!! Ugh.
Mile 4: 10:49 I was TIRED by this point and my legs were sore in all new places
To sum it up, I can tell a HUGE difference in running forward. I really just watched my shadow and made sure I wasn't bobbing. It helped!
My overall time was 40:59 (a 10:15 min/mile)...not too shabby!
Sunday will be my next run. A simple 3 miles. But next week, OH! Next week I'm going 5 miles. My stomach is already in knots!