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running on a beautiful morning

Posted by Elizabeth Frost on Wed Apr 29th, 2009, 1 comment

I can’t get over how lovely the mornings are this time of year… Brynn and I hauled ourselves out of bed this morning at met @ 6.30 to fit in a quick running workout before work.

We did this route, which we’ve done before… it’s around town and pretty consistently hilly. We ran it in about 26 minutes, and it’s just shy of 3 miles, so we had a pretty decent running pace.

Miraculously, my knee doesn’t hurt yet, as I think my Form Focuses are helping me get through these runs more mindfully and without hurting myself.

I don’t have a whole lot to report, except that running up the first hill, I was feeling my legs beginning to beg for air, so I shortened my stride and worked my arms harder… lo and behold, my legs chilled out and I felt pretty good. I was focusing on ‘tracking’ my feet so that big toe/pinky toe left the ground at the same time. I think that’s helping my knees. I also know I am trying very hard to focus more and more on not letting my feet hit past my hip. It’s such a strange sensation, but gosh my knees really appreciate it.

Thanks for reading, folks. Here’s to cool mornings! … and as Brynn said, “It feels so nice to get running out of the way and done with. And major bonus, I started work only 15 minutes later than normal! ┬áScore!

I like to have it out of the way, but I really actually do like the act of running, too…



  • knee pain,
  • arm swing,
  • breathing pattern,
  • leg fatigue

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Liz, thanks for the tip from Kathy about the big toe and little toe coming off at the same time. I was thinking about that the other day on a run and realized that they don’t track when I get tired. So a new focus to work on. It really does help.

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