so, today I went for a run, I wanted to run 4 or 5 miles, but was scuppered when a bunch of school kids refused to move a little on the path, despite my polite 'excuse me' requests in plenty of time before reaching them. 7 abreast in places, the (not so) little buggers took up the whole width of a 4m footpath and cycle path. Then one made the mistake of abusing me when I refused to stop or to jump into the road (busy main road) and instead just put my arms up in front of me as a barrier and ran through a bunch of them. Not very mature, I admit, but there were hundreds of them and more to come. So, after he abused me and I reminded him to not diss members of the public I cut short my run to go into reception and have a bloody good moan about them. Next time I make the mistake of running at school kicking out time I will ensure I have my phone or camera. I really hope my daughter wouldn't be so ignorant, but I'd be fine if a member of the public reported her for that sort of behaviour and she got a detention for it (not to mention a bollocking from me). I did take some pleasure in pointing out to the deputy that the kids from the school down the road had all noticed me without me having to do anything special and had all stepped out of my way (I must call that school reception tomorrow to compliment them on the behaviour of their children, it's always nice to get the good feedback).
Despite the horrid children, I didn't have a bad run, I managed 3.67 miles before the incident, but I did stop then as I'd cooled down so much and needed to get back for our own parent evening.
As I was doing an easy/moderate run today, I spent some time thinking about the way I run and the muscles involved, not just my legs, but my stomach and lower back and my arms/shoulders, and really 'felt' what I was doing (this is what happens when you are too lazy for speed and stamina training and do lots of yoga and meditation classes!). I realised that I just lope along, jogging. So I played around with some different styles, landing differently (managed to start the shin splints off, so adjusted that very quickly), using my arms more, and pushing more from my glutes. I know that the glutes are going to be key in getting my speed up, when I utilise them better I have so much power, but I'm so into the habit of the way I have been running naturally, that I can't sustain that for very long, because I haven't trained for it. Maybe I need to do a day or so a week of C25K from the start, but instead of jogging/usual running style, actually ensure I engage the right muscles. If I could run the way I know I want to for the amount of time I am currently running for, then I could cover double the distance. Hmmmm, food for thought.
I hope everyone is enjoying the sudden warm weather (very windy today here, but lovely and warm).