Last night I didn’t really sleep well again. I’m just waiting for my body to get back into sync. For breakfast I had my usual egg omelet (so fluffy it’s like a pancake), with my new favorite Japanese yams, PLUS some chicken lemon kale sausage from Whole Foods. There were no funky additives or additional sugars, so these were a go! They were pretty good too except I had a hard time figuring out when they were cooked. Have you ever cooked a green sausage?
Due to lack of sleep, I was tired again today, and was not feeling a run. I just felt very light-headed and lethargic. I started to get that clausterphobic feeling from sitting inside all day and decided I just needed some fresh air. I went for my light, 2 mile trail run next to the coaster. I finished these with an average 7:47/mi. Then I got back onto the road and ran 3 miles out and back on the beach at 8:35/mi.
Between last night and today I picked up on 2 new techniques that I tried to implement in my run. 1. Run with a slight forward lean (ChiMarathon), and 2. Pay attention to breathing: inhale for 3 strides, exhale for 2 (Runner’s World, April 2013). Between these techniques, I 1. felt like I was using my energy more efficiently by falling into the pull of gravity, forcing the propulsion of my feet and I 2. lost myself in my breathing, resulting in a more relaxed but mindful run.
Later I went to a CP2 class and felt amazingly refreshed awards- per usual. I bought a new jellylulu (Lululemon) top from the studio that I just so happened to be eyeing and that just so happened to be on sale!
Then I realized by the time I got home PLL would on/recording and I realized my day had turned out to be really great!
What do you focus on when you run? Do you have a certain breathing pattern?