Friday, August 24, 2012

Ready, Set, Splat!

After a summer of extreme setback, betting back to running would be a dream come true.
There is an upside of starting over, it is easier to correct or modify running form concerns. 
Upon listening to past podcast of The Marathon Show I heard Joe Taricani's guest Richard Diaz of The Natural Running Network talk about heart rate training, aerobic training and form.

My next 3 runs were with what I imagined, much better form.  Oh wow, what a workout.  My arm swing is much improved.  The new form is working the muscles in my back differently which is hard on the muscles hurt during the horse injury.  This injury just keeps on giving back!

A three mile run is much harder than 6 miles before the reform rehash.  The benefits, the new arm swing opens up my lungs, I'm a whole minute per mile faster without any at the same exertion level.  I'm very happy with the improvements, but it  will take some training to strengthen those muscles.

Last Saturday I hyper-extended my left knee.  OUCH!!  Now I'm back to not running.  One mile on soft dirt left me sore.  I'm getting concerned about my fall/winter running plans and the races entered. 

To try and explain this arm swing:  Consider watching an old western movie where their is a gun fight.  You are reaching back to pull the gun from a holster just below your waist.  The arm bend, the swing, everything is in that arc.  There is no crossing the arms on the body or even drawing them close to crossing the mid-line of the body.  All movement is forward, no side to side.  It is a new form.  It really works the muscles over the shoulder blade, but one's chest is completely opened up. 

I'm going to hang out at a race this weekend.  I'm hoping that maybe next week I can ease back into running.  Wish me luck. 

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