To have any fighting shot at getting to the Weds 7:30p yoga class I’ve committed to making a habit of, I can’t go home after work.
Which is fine usually, but when Brian said my weekly Target/World Market/TJ Maxx trips were no longer acceptable “time killers” between clocking out and hitting the mat, I had to come up with something new.
So this week I did something a little more responsible.
see! I really did both.
Good for the body AND the bank account. Such adult decision-making.
I realized I’d forgotten Garmin at home, and exercised my newfound adultness in a convincing myself that running dataless would not kill me. But on the drive to the (new-to-me) trail by the gym I realized there were a few factors complicating my attempt at a stat-free run :
- getting back in time for class
- not accidentally only running .8 mi (no I didn’t think to pre-map/measure)
- possibility of getting lost (this is why I run at the beach – a giant body of water is a fool-proof navigational tool)
At a stop light (safety first) I quickly hit iTunes on my phone and downloaded the MapMyRun app.
Normally I don’t run with my phone – the threat of sweat and/or clumsiness-induced damages are too much for me to chance – but for an easy few miles I figured I’d be alright.
(no I don’t want one of those dang armband things)
It actually worked really well – it won’t replace Garmin but it was comforting looking down during the out-and-back to see I was retracing my little blue line perfectly. And that I was going to make it back in time for class.
Another perk of easy running with a phone – pictures!
And in more shameless on-the-go self-portrait news, I took like 30 shots of my legs while running in an attempt to study my form. I’ve always thought I’ve had a
decent not terrible slightly-less-than-tragic gait, but with 16 weeks of heavy running in my future it’s crucial to keep everything as in check as possible to try and fend off injury and get to the CIM startline healthy.
Right now I focus on a few things – landing (close to) midfoot, knees over ankles, and toes straight forward.
These are the first things that (for me) go to the shitter once fatigue sets in. My past issues with shin splints and runner’s knee are (in an unfortunate way) to thank for my ability to pick up quickly on these form flaws – an outside kneecap twinge, tibialis muscle burn (muscle connected to shin), or achy arch all raise a red flag that something’s out of wack and needs adjusted STAT.
But who knows what else is all janky I don’t even know about?
Spending more time in more minimalist shoes (more on that later) has been a real wake up call – I’ve got lots of work to do I fear. I would love to have someone who actually knows two rocks about proper running form watch and fix me. Wouldn’t a day clinic be fun? Drills, science-y stuff, ribbons for “most improved heel striker!” and “matchiest outfit!” and “E for Effort – it’s cute you keep trying!”
Any takers? I’ll make the ribbons and pay in nuun cocktails.