Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Improving as a runner
I took that rule of thumb to heart and outside of some hills and the occasional strides, I've run at a "conversational pace". I know that doing this has kept me healthy but after talking to a running friend and expressing my frustration; I realized that it's OK to push myself and breathe hard in some of my workouts.
In that same conversation we were talking about breathing and how your warm up can impact your breathing throughout the workout. Now, I'm not the most patient person so I consider walking for 5 minutes before I run to be close to overkill. I know.
Did it take a little longer to warm up? Yes. But did I have a better run? Yep. So I've come to realize that reasonably pushing myself after a good warm up is OK and a good thing when I have a tempo run or speedwork assigned for that day's workout.
Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest differences.