Last Monday, I learned that I don’t actually know how to run correctly. I stop myself by landing on my heel instead of landing on the ball of my foot.
Here is an exercise for you. Stand up. March in place. (If you are holding your laptop, use both hands.) Do you feel where you’re landing on your feet? This is where you should land when you run.
I can do this fine when jogging. Then Sarah said run at 85%. I lengthened my stride. She said, “That is wrong. Move your legs faster instead.” I tried. I failed. I tried again. I failed again. There are 10 people in this class and the instructor was running next to me trying to help me. She is a wonderful instructor and when I finally got it, she cheered. And so did part of the class.
That was the part that brought me back to grade school when people try to cheer you on when you just don’t get it and everyone knows you’ll probably never get it but you need to be encourage for fear you will be scarred for the rest of your life.
I’m that kid in running class.