Today was a 4-mile run, which is my normal “baseline” run. Before I started, I aligned my feet and legs, lengthened my spine, engaged those pesky lower abs, formed my column, pushed my hips back, re-engaged those pesky lower abs, and started off.
As I ran I not only concentrated on keeping the posture in the right place, but I focused on feeling my feet hit the ground all at once – the midfoot strike. I kept the pace slow.
I did find myself losing the engagement of the lower abs – frequently – and having to re-engage my posture. Of course, then I had to relax everything except my lower abs. I have to confess – relaxing isn’t my strong suit. Normally the word “calm” and my name are never used in the same sentence – unless of course, that sentence is a declarative addressing my lack of calm!
Take a deep breath and breathe out. Unclench the fists. Smile. I’m running, and even with focusing on a new technique, running is something I love.