"Easy" ... Rascal Flatts & Natasha Bedingfield
I wanna be fast! I mean I want a really fast person to say, "Wow, that guy's pretty fast!" I have a LONG way to go. But I spend countless hours trying to improve little things that will propel me toward my running goals. Now I know there are some who'll roll their eyes when they read that. I mean heaven forbid that any of us should be competitive or try to improve our running status, or even our standing in life for that matter ... but I digress.
|The last 100 yards of the |
Cerner 15K ... heel striking again!!!
Unfortunately, my running form has never been the best. I work, and work, and work on it, but it's just not natural for me. Michael humors me from time to time and tells me that I look like I'm gliding ... and honestly, I think I'm getting better. But mostly when I run, I feel like my feet are furious with the pavement and out to teach it a lesson by inflicting some pain ... pound-pound, breath, pound-pound, breath ...
I love race photos because you can analyze so much about yourself and your running form. I know I'm not alone. My ex-brother-in-law, who is a great Triathlete, told me he revamped his whole running style based on the way he looked in his photos. Most of my race photos reveal that when I really open it up and start to sprint at the end of a race, I'm bent over, my shoulders hunch, and MY FRIGGIN' HEALS try to pierce the pavement! I think that's fairly natural ... I mean we ARE pretty tired as we approach the finish line. But I always think if people saw my race photos ... they would be like, "You mean that effing guy beat me ... no way!" I just don't look like a natural runner.
Maybe I'm too hard on myself. I mean I compare myself to the best runners. I think using them as a model will only improve you. But frankly, I'm about 20-30 pounds heavier than most of the runners who's league I desire to be in. And while I'm pretty thin right now, I just don't have a natural runner's body. So trying to keep up with them is always going to break my form down a little. And in stating the obvious, I'm just not as fast as them! But how do they make it look so easy?
|Ah yes, cupcakes ... during a marathon!!!|
There WAS one race where I felt pretty relaxed earlier this year ... it was while I was eating a cupcake while running the Cupcake Marathon! Now that was EASY!!! If I could find a way to incorporate cupcake consumption into every run, I know I would relax and enjoy it a lot more. The only main concern there is not eating the paper, or choking on frosting or those little candy ball things.
Good running form can be such a challenge. Plus there are SO MANY different theories out there ...
"Stay as straight as an arrow and 'ride tall in the saddle'" ... "On second thought, lean slightly forward"
"Keep your foot strike flat and even" ... "No wait, run more on your toes"
"Keep your knees high" ... "No dummy, only lift your feet off the ground about 1/2 inch"
I mean, it's all pretty confusing. There are of course some basic principles, but how do you make it look easy??? Again, stating the obvious ... I have found that the better conditioned I am, the stronger I am during a run, and thus ... better form. But no one is ever gonna look at me and think that I am the picture of graceful running.
So as the miles grind by ... mostly without cupcakes, I'll be constantly trying to improve. Trying to make what a lot of people think is "really hard" look easy. It'll take more time and training, but I'm not afraid of that. I just want to get to the point where someone says, "Gee man, that looked easy for you!" And I can say, "Yeah, it wasn't too bad ... pretty easy!" ... but I don't see that in the near future!
... be great today!