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Saturday, January 14, 2012

I didn't do much exercise during the week, I spent what was left of the day after work sleeping or reading (read: The Hunger Games by Susan Collins, reading: Matter by Iain M. Banks and The Long Run by Mischka Shubaly).
It helped me get over the gyn procedure, and now I feel great.

I was really tired of work by Thursday evening, so -as I often do- I spread my Friday work over the week end.
Friday morning I went for a run on the forest path in sunny and windy 5 oC (41 oF), and it went very well: my steps felt light and easy, and finished 4.25 miles in 45 minutes. I seem to improve 1 minute every week.

Something strange is going on: I have the feeling that my steps are getting shorter but that is not true: my cadence got faster indeed, but my stride is lengthtening at the same time.
Now it is 7680 steps at 171 steps/min, and it was 8550 steps at 161 steps/min five weeks ago. (distance is fixed, as I run from one end of the path to the other).

Why is this?
A few weeks ago I received a lot of input about running style, all within a few days:
-read a blog about forefoot versus heel strike (thank you, Mobycarp!)
-ran on slippery snowy-icy path and had to switch to mid-foot strike and stop overstriding just to prevent falling over
-read book Born to Run
-re-read articles on SP Running Center
-watched videos of forefoot versus heel strike - what a difference in impact transient!

Until then, I was content with my heel strike, most runners do this so it should be good enough for me too.
After all this reading I gradually changed
-my heel strike to mid-foot strike - maybe I'll get to forefoot or ball-heel-toe strike one day
-my steps lighter and easier
-from stepping out in front of my body to stepping under the center of my gravity, this also means that most of the work is done by my rear leg

Today is a non-running day, I went for a 60 minute walk with my daughter. She refused to come to the forest with me because of a short blizzard, so we just walked in the streets when it was no longer snowing.

Eating went well this week and my weight is stable.
Last night we visited friends and the food they cooked for us was excellent, so yesterday I went a bit over my range, but all the other days were good.
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    719 days ago
    A lesson from my Saturday run: mid-foot strike works better in loose snow than forefoot strike. But then, just about everything is different in loose snow. I hope I don't have to run in loose snow very much.
    2254 days ago
    I am thinking of reading The Hunger Games. Would you recommend it?
    2255 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Interesting stuff about the foot strike. I haven't gotten to the point of fine tuning my running technique - so I hadn't come across this kind of information. Your blog led me to 1/2 hour of reading articles on the topic. lol I'm going to have to pay more attention now to my where my foot lands.
    2255 days ago
    Although I'll never be a runner and can never even hope to offer you any helpful advice about running, I sense you've made - and are continuing to make - enormous progress in this department, Kriszta! Congratulations!! I also love the close, loving relationship you have with your daughter and that the two of you take enjoyable walks together - so great on so many levels :) As for the books - wow! My husband would love the Susan Collins book; I'm so intrigued by the Shubaly, which I've got to add to my ever-growing "to-read" list :) Between my trusty iPod and my Kindle, I enjoy feeding the reading addiction :) has no calories! emoticon
    2255 days ago
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