Head for the DRILLS

Today I had an easy 5 miler on the schedule. Nothing too earth shattering happened during the run, I just listened to a podcast and ran out and back, keeping my pace between 8’30” and 9′ per mile. 

Because my run today was a quick and easy run, I took a little time at the end to do a few technique drills. The goal of running drills is to improve your running techniques and biomechanics so that every stride is more efficient. A proper running stride makes you less injury prone. Increased efficiency also means you are spending less effort with every stride. The natural consequence of spending less effort with every single step is that running in general becomes MUCH more pleasant; not only that, but you’ll naturally become faster. 

So drills are great! Especially for a former aggressive heel-striker, who suffered a stress fracture because of it and NEVER wants that to happen again. Of course, I’m spouting all of these benefits of drills, and I haven’t actually DONE a single running drill in three months. Isn’t that always the case? There are things that are so good for us and so easy to do, and somehow those are the easiest things to neglect. 

At the end of my run today I did this simple drill set:
20 seconds of running with high knees
20 seconds of but kicks
Repeat twice

See? Drills are easy. I’m going to start being more diligent about including drill sets after my recovery runs. I also went and did a little googling and found this great article over at competitor.com which explains the above-mentioned (and several other) form drills in ore detail:

Thanks for reading happy campers. Oh before I go:
I’m still fundraising for the Seattle Humane Society. Click on that link to go to my page if you’d like to make a donation. I have some older blog posts up there, but from now on I will be doing the majority of my blogging on this platform. I just found out today that Th Seattle Human Society has a program that provides assistance with pet care to seniors as well as people living with HIV/AIDS–allowing these challenged populations to keep their companion animals during difficult times is such a worthy undertaking. So cool!

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