- Instead of walking the trail to the bridge where I start my run, I did a light jog which warmed me up more.
|The stream that runs beside part of the trail|
|One of the more tricky part of the run are these steps that I have to run down.|
It looks like this photo was taken from about half way up.
I felt good at the beginning of the run and didn't notice the cold air at all, but didn't let myself get carried away and open it up too early in the run, which has happened in the past. Last week I was able to get in a good run on a day where I wasn't running my best by running smarter. I am not Steve Prefontaine, and I need to realize that I need to manage my runs in order to get my best results. Coincidentally, I got my first copy of Runner's Word this week and was reading their advice to beginning runner's. One of the things that they said was that beginners shouldn't charge up a hill; that just before you get to the hill, you should shorten you stride, but keep the same cadence. In doing so, you will conserve energy and still go up the hill at a good pace. I put this advice into practice today, and I can honestly say that I think it helped a great deal. I found at least two different spots where I was able to open up my stride and run harder than I have in the past after the hills flattened out. Before, I could really take advantage of these good flat spots because I was using them to catch my breath, but I think that running this way is what enabled me to crush this run! All in all, I was able to conserve a lot of energy to really push the end of the run. When, I stopped running I was pretty winded, but I wasn't dazed like I was two weeks ago, and I even managed to jog a bit on my way back to the parking area.
After my run, I drove to the Y for a stretch and to hit the foam roller. If you haven't tried the foam roller I strongly suggest that you do. It really helps with muscle tightness. My PA suggests using the roller first then stretching, which is what I have been doing, and I can feel a huge difference versus only stretching.