10.3 Miles on a Dark, Cold, Windy Day

Windy Day Runner Passed by a lady running in the opposite direction who spoke as we passed each other, “Kind of cold to be running today, isn’t it?”  Without stopping I answered back, “At least it’s not twenty degrees.” We both chuckled and continued in our own directions.

The actual temperature at that time was actually 41 degrees which isn’t really cold in comparison to what it had been during the past couple weeks. The thing that made it feel so cold is the fact that the wind was blowing and the air was moist.

It wasn’t so bad dealing with the elements running toward Swan Lake but by the time I was on my return trip it was getting dark and the cold wind was really getting noticeable.

While I run I try to always be aware of my form.  I say “try” because some times there are are things that distract my attentions such as the cold winds. As I continued to run, I bagan to feel a twinge of pain in my left knee.  Then I realized the cold wind had me all tensed up. My shoulders were up and my back was slightly hunched.

Here we go talking about posture again. I seem to talk about posture these days and there’s a good reason.  Good posture is part of good form.  I just spoke about posture a few days ago in the post entitled, Run at Swan Lake and Good Posture and in another post entitled, Self Talk While Running #3.

I did my best to stay in tune with my body, posture, and form for the rest of the run.  I managed to take a little stress off my knee.  But needless to say, I woke up the following day with a sore knee. I couldn’t find my heating pad and I’m out of Epson Salts so I did nothing for the sore knee.  Guess I’ll have to give a little rest.

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Run at Swan Lake and Good Posture

20141125_134539 (1)It was a beautiful day today–nice and warm for a change. It feels good to be running the streets again.

I ran from Saint John Medical Center to Swan Lake and through the neighborhood for over 40 minutes. Took a few photos of the ducks and geese, but didn’t see any swans. I heard the swans were sent to a waterfowl refuge a few years ago.

I seemed to be more in tune with my posture today. I have mentioned posture in two previous posts: Self-Talk While Running #3 and Plantar Fasciitis Treatment #1.

In the self talk post I talk about reminding ourselves certain things while running such as using good posture. I also want to add that we shouldn’t hunch our shoulders, neither should me tense our shoulders stiffening them upwards.

I realized my hips, as part of the posture, need to be held in a certain way also. My mother always told me when I was younger to keep my back flat and the pelvic area slightly forward. I did that for several years and ended up with some lowere back problems. Actually that posture is inaccurate and unnatural. Our spines are naturally in a slight S shape when we are standing properly. When we lean slightly forward, the spine needs to remain in the slight S posture.

Pre-Training #4 – 40 minutes, 20 seconds

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