I purposely am trying to keep all but 2 runs a week in the 9:00 to 10:00 minute pace per mile range for a while and really start to focus on my form again.
Over the past couple of weeks I found that I was trying to run too fast, too often and that my form was reverting back to a more heel strike, over striding style of running . Especially since I started to add track workouts back into the mix.
On todays semi-long run of 9.0 miles, I purposely stayed slower than 9:00 minute pace and worked hard on my landing full foot/forefoot. This focusing on my running form helped a lot, my knee didn’t bark, growl or try to get even with me for running today – at all.
In fact it seemed to enjoy the run. .
It just is very hard to listen to what the body wants or is able to do, versus what your goals are or what you have planned. This is just one of those areas, I am starting to get better at, just haven’t gotten real good at it yet. But then again I am a runner and invincible right – wrong and I have to remember that I am not in my 20’s anymore.
That is the hardest part.
I know that I enjoyed the run, and got it in before the rains came back for round 30 or how ever many times it has rained lately. I was dry the entire time, but it was still pretty darn humid, so I looked like it had been raining anyway. My hat was dripping sweat drops instead of rain drops, even TheWife commented that I looked like I had just gone swimming.
Probably I could have used that rain to keep a little cooler – oh well, we can’t tell Mother Nature what she is going do, she just laughs at us and does what she wants any way.