I was wondering why I wasn't progressing as quickly as I would like in my morning runs. It just seemed like my endurance was building a lot more slowly than it should. So finally, I googled it. Because that is what we Americans do when we don't know something. I typed "When does running get easier?" The response I got amazed me. As I read through blogs, articles and running forums the answer was clear. If it isn't getting easier, you are running too fast.
What? Too fast? I thought I was supposed to RUN. Like the wind. Fast and furious. But these people who were telling me to slow down were experienced runners. They were 1/2 marathon and marathon runners, triathlon runners, people who run 10 or more miles a day. They know what they are talking about. I decided I would do my run this morning, but I would slow it down.
I cut my speed about in half. The fact that I could cut my speed in half with out slowing down to a walk should tell you something about how fast I was running. But then, the only previous running experience I have was when I was a kid. And kids run wide open.
My results? I pulled off my run with relative ease. I could have gone further. It was actually enjoyable. I looked at the scenery as I ran by. It didn't take all my concentration just to keep breathing and not pass out.
So my Running Tip of the Day: You don't have to run like someone is chasing you for it to qualify as a run. Unless of course, someone is chasing you. In that case, you should go ahead and run wide open. And use your cell phone to call for reinforcements.
If you are a runner, do you run wide open? Or do you pace yourself? Do you run "ladders"? Or do you just go with what your body is telling you? Leave a comment and help out a beginner.