It's Wednesday! Time for the WorkOut Wednesday linkup (#wowlinkup) with Femme Fitale Fit Club, The Frugal Exerciser, Eat Hard Work Hard, Comeback Momma and Mean, Green, Clean Eating Teen! Each week a group of bloggers link up at the hosts' sites to bring you all kinds of posts about fitness. Check it out!
|Good old Suburbia|
Back when I lived in suburbia, I ran pretty much the same route. I knew where to turn to make it 1 or 2 miles longer, but the main loop was always the same. I had some hills but it was all pavement. These days, I'm dealing with more inclines and varied textures of surface. I'm finally getting more used to it. Translation: I can actually move the day after a run, I'm not gasping for air after a couple of miles, and my time is getting a little faster. Although I'm trying not to put too much emphasis on pace (which is good because these streets are very humbling), I know this is overall good for my running and I'm embracing it. Here are my reasons why I'm making it a point to take advantage of the various paths laid out before me:
1) Improved Strength. Whether it's sand, grass, stairs, or hills, anything besides flat asphalt is harder to run on. If you spend just a few minutes of your run on grass, you're getting a little strength training done for your legs. You'll also work different muscles, which leads me to #2.
2) Injury Prevention. If you are running the same route, you are using the same muscles over and over again. As a result, some muscles are remaining weak, causing muscle imbalance and ultimately injury. By switching up your terrain, you will strengthen muscles you don't normally use. When I run hills, my hamstrings and butt are more sore. When I run on grass, my hips are less sore. It's all good.
3) Proper Running Technique. When I run on grass or even a more slippery surface like smooth tile, I'm lighter on my feet. I usually take smaller steps at a faster cadence - which is actually better running form!
4) Mental Break. Searching for different terrain will take you to new places and we could all use a mental break like that once in awhile! It's good for us to see new places and take in our surroundings, instead of looking down at our Garmins all the time.
And because I never miss an opportunity to relate running to life. . .
|A sample of what my feet hit on my runs.|
Our path in life will have varied terrain. Sometimes it's smooth, flat road. Other times are quite bumpy. And some days you feel like you might never get up that hill. But trust that somehow this point in your path is making you stronger - if you take the time to accept that. There is something beautiful and beneficial at every point in our path. And if you can't see it now, trust that you will be able to look back on it one day and see it.
What about you? Do you get a chance to run on anything but pavement?
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Until next time,