Although I said I wanted to become a more natural runner in every sense of the word, I have been running on the treadmill lately to get myself back into the running groove. I run before work and don’t particularly feel like running in the dark (a.k.a. wearing a reflective vest), so I opt for the indoors option. I am very much looking forward to earlier sunrises.
So needless to say, I have been hitting the gym with all of the retirees who still get up really early for no reason and one guy who leaves me in his treadmill dust, and I have been logging 3 mile runs 3 days a week on the treadmill. Although it is boring, my runs have been easier than
expected. I have been focusing on my form and trying to pay attention to where my foot is landing. Using some videos and articles I found online (see below), I have practiced how it should feel to run correctly, and I think it is helping.
I feel as though I am running a bit faster without as much effort. I don’t even realize how far I have run because it just doesn’t feel as tiring. I am sure this has nothing to do with the mildly entertaining VH-1 programming on the TV directly in front of my usual spot (TI and Tiny, Basketball Wives, Mobwives…the list of TV gold goes on), which I am usually
embarrassed to be obviously watching so I pretend to look at the TV to the left of it while I plug into my machine’s audio. Besides being impressed that I don’t actually need to see the VH-1 shows to follow along, I am shocked at how much of an improvement I have experienced with
my running from just being mindful of my form.
Here are some of the links I have referenced in my quest to perfect my form:
Do you pay attention to your form when you run or do you just go for it?
Do you have any sites or resources you recommend on running form?