I had a breakthrough weekend. My coach Natasha organized a weekend training camp. I couldn’t attend each session, but I did attend a session on swim technique and another on run technique. Both were fascinating and somewhat mind blowing. I haven’t had a chance to put the swim work into practice, but we did get to practice our run, and I saw instant improvement.
After the run form clinic, my group went to a track and did a workout. We warmed up. Then I did five 400 meter runs. My workout said I was to do the 400s on 3:02. I ran conservatively, just thinking about the form changes we made, and my 400s ranged from 2:10 to 2:18! I wasn’t huffing and puffing. I wasn’t racing. I was just running steadily, contemplating form. Those times blew me away!
Then I did an easy run for the remainder of my workout and decided, on a whim, to time myself for a mile. I didn’t push the mile. Again, I just ran easily, contemplating form. My time for the mile was 10:12, which is unheard of for me. Back in late October, I did a timed mile at a super hard effort on fresh legs and did a 9:48. Yesterday, I did a timed mile at an easy effort on legs that had already done 400 repeats and hit 10:12. That number excites me!
At the clinic, the form coach told us that she used to run an 8:30 mile and now runs more like a 6:00 or 6:30 mile. At the 8:30 pace, the coach who taught her this technique said, “Why are you running an 8:30? There’s nothing wrong with you.” Interesting, huh? That suggests anyone should be able to run fast if they are healthy and know proper technique. Her times improved drastically. Mine already seem to have improved. I wonder what can happen if I continue to implement the technique we learned. Could I run an 8:30? Better yet, could I run a 7:30 or a 6:30? I intend to keep practicing, so we’ll find out.