Friday, October 5, 2012

Pounding the pavement

When things get stressful in my life, pounding the pavement always helps!  They say any problem can be fixed with salt water...the beach, tears, or sweat.  And since I can't get to a beach, and crying gives me a headache....running it is!  

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!


  1. Nice job! I like the idea of dropping you off and not going out and back.

  2. Wow, I never really thought about bobbing motion vs. forward motion! Thanks

  3. Woohoo!! I love the idea of getting dropped off and running home! I'm gonna steal that when I actually get some mileage going!

  4. Sucks commenting from my phone. I was also trying to say. Those
    Splits rock!! Smooches xx Ang

  5. WTG!! I was reading somewhere about not letting your arms cross across your body. I find myself doing that all the time so I keep trying to work on that.


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