My 10k Sun Run is scheduled for next Sunday at 8:30 am and I can’t wait to put my new runners to the test. I thought my new shoes (a pair of cute Saucony PowerGrid Triumph 10’s) might help me fly across the finish line. Well, if not fly, at least not limp over it.
These sneakers feel like I’m sprinting over pillows compared to my flattened out old shoes and I’m feeling quite encouraged in spite of my lack of training. Yes, I completely blew my training schedule about three weeks ago and I just got back on track last week….sort of. I blame the spring rain. It’s not me or my lack of motivation. It’s the rain. And because of all of this darn rain, when I do actually get out there and run, I huff and puff with the loudness and intensity you would expect from a morbidly obese, 60 year old man trying to jog. Not good.
Instead of actually training, I’ve been spending quite a bit of my allotted running time lounging on my comfy sofa and scouring the internet for running tips. Hey, if you’re not going to run, reading about running is the next best thing, right?
A few of them are so good that I just have to share them with all the runners out there. Here are my five favourite tips (all from Women’s Health magazine):
1) Relax to the max. When running, let your jaw hang loose, don’t bunch up your shoulders close to your ears, and occasionally shake out your hands and arms to stay relaxed.
2) Make time for a quickie. If 15 minutes is all the time I have, I still run. Fifteen minutes of running is better than not running at all. -Dr. Duncan Macdonald, former U.S. record holder
3) Anyone… Never underestimate the value of a good training partner, even if it’s your dog. Training allies will get you out the door on those days when exercise might otherwise be reduced to a finger on the remote control button. (okay, as much as I love the idea of running with your dog, I’ve tried this several times and always end up carrying my pup home. Disclaimer: do not run with your dog if your dog is a stubborn Yorkie)
4) Go with mind over grind. Anyone can train him or herself into the ground; the trick is doing the training that makes you gradually stronger.
5) Don’t be in a rush. Thanks to the race-day adrenaline rush, any pace will feel easier than normal. So make a conscious effort to hold back in the early miles.
Now, all I have to do is get up early Sunday morning and run for my life.