After Mondays dominating performance, I wanted to take it easy last night with a very slow recovery run. Typical recovery run to shake out the legs. Ended up with five miles at about 9:30 pace. Just your basic leisurely jog. Although I did knock out the last quarter at 6:48 pace and it felt great.
Now something I've been noticing. My ITB is feeling tons better, I've been stretching a lot lately, and have added squats and lunges to my work day. BUT the thing I've been working on and seems to help the most is.....Foot Plant. Early in running I really had a lot of toe strike in my stride. I was trying to keep this form while also landing under my body, no bueno. Now I'm trying to land flat on my foot which has been taking a lot of the stress off my ITB. Incredible!!! I'm getting more confident with each run. I still prefer trail running but my last two runs have been about 75% road/sidewalk and 25% grass/gravel which really helps with my races coming up. Yet, I still feel faster on the trails for some reason lol.
Do you work on foot plant at all? Do you feel faster on road runs our trail runs?
Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!