“From that day on, if I was goingh somewhere… I was runninGH!” — Forrest Gump
I did a run on Sunday. 5 miles. Sure it was indoors and on the Y treadmill, but that still counts… right? Especially since I haven’t gone on a run for like 8 months or so.
I’m still paying for my folly today; my right calf is proper fucked right now.
I can hear you now. “But cb– why would you do 5 miles when you haven’t run in ages? What are you… stupid?”
Stupid is as stupid does.
Actually, this is sort of what I do every time I run. I love cardio exercise, but I loathe running. However, I opt to do it now and again when I think my cardio routine needs a kick in the pants.
Besides, I wanted to see if I could improve my running technique.
I blame StevieB over at Nice To See Stevie B. He’s been running outdoors and blogging about learning to run properly, and how it felt so much better, etc.
And then you know I got those Vibram Five-Finger shoes (no, I didn’t run in them!). But the Vibrams are supposed to help you run more naturally and correctly– stuff that overwrought running shoes keep you from doing.
And THEN I started doing research on the proper running technique. Because of my marching experience and lack of running experience, I learned I do a couple things wrong. Apparently I overstride and also land on my heels. Both of which are no-nos.
According to the pundits, you are supposed to land somewhere from the ball of your foot to the mid foot area which then uses the ankle and other joints to help cushion your landing. Your running should be “quiet”. Not a lot of foot slap or hard striking.
Your upper body should be quiet too. Not bouncing or floundering about a la Phoebe Bouffet.
You should also be upright (tall and head up) and your upper body and hips should be in alignment, with just a slight forward pitch. (This I think I do well).
And, your stride should actually shorten up and be quicker so that your feet land on the pavement (or treadmill) beneath your hips, not way out in front.
Who knew running was so complicated?
So, on Sunday I spent the entire run concentrating intensely on my technique. I really worked on foot placement and running “softly” and smoothly through space. I also tried not to overstride.
However, I think I overdid it a bit. Not so much on the distance, but on forcing myself into a running style. And I think I was trying to hard to land too much on the balls of my feet and then cushion my landing (which is how I think I fucked up my right calf).
Stupid fucking technique stuff.
Any runners out there wanna put their two cents in before I go for another killer jog?