I know, I know, but I had to know how they felt.
I found out that the hamstrings do not like hills or a faster pace yet, which is okay, they still let me run. The right hip is doing a lot better, but still is a little creaky, but it didn’t hurt any worse during the run and when I was cooling down, it didn’t bother at all (which last week it did), so it is getting better.
It was pretty warm – in the low 80’s, bright sunshine and just a little humid. I can tell now when I have had a pretty good workout, the sweat drips off my hat like water dripping off the edge of a roof and yes today the hat was definitely dripping sweat.
Also the Goodhue Road is under construction, so I had to think about what I was doing while running there.
Lots of little rocks and no place to go except the ditch when cars came by = fun and adventure a few times.
That is one thing about most of my running routes around the house, there isn’t a lot of clear shoulder to run on, you generally end up in the ditch or a dirt shoulder that can get real interesting pretty quickly.
Unfortunately, the planned 13+ was side railed by events around the house and instead of running to Waterville or Augusta, I just did the Pond Road 10 mile course. Actually, it was a good choice and I felt pretty good as long as I didn’t try to push too much (especially on the hills). It was the right distance for today.
I did figure out a few things during the run, that I will elaborate on in a different blog post, but one thing that I did learn that was pretty important was – that after mile 6-7, I definitely start to land more toward the heels, unless I am very focused on my form. Once I stop focusing I automatically go to more of a rear-foot landing pattern.
I have thought that I do this for a while and have noticed it on many of my longer runs, but today it was very evident, even when I was taking smaller strides that I was landing more towards my heels than forefoot. I have to do more thinking about that and how to help me focus better or protect myself from my poor form in that other post.
That isn’t what I was expecting, I really thought that my form was improving to more of a forefoot/full foot landing, but thinking about it and looking back at my old videos, that seems to be pretty much what I do, so that is going to cause me to re-think a bunch of things about my running.
Overall, I was very happy with this run and what I learned. It just wasn’t the direction that I thought I was going .