Running pace has two meanings when it comes to running success. The obvious being the speed at which you run, but also the time it takes you to truly get used to running. Embrace your perfect running pace for ultimate running success.
Diary of a Running Chick: September 25th, 2017
A while ago I read an article about a journalist training to run a marathon who basically injured his hip because he was running at too fast of a pace for his own body. He didn’t necessarily feel like it was too much or too fast, but it was too much for his body to sustain. This can be true of your own perfect running pace. You may go too fast into running and go from not running at all to running six miles a day. That is not sustainable!
Your perfect running pace is two-fold. It’s the speed at which you run, but also the time you take to truly get used to running. The mindset of the above individual comes from knowing that you can do it because you have done it in the past. But that does not take into account the current state of your body, or what’s right for it. The secret to having longevity with running is to find your perfect running pace. For me, that was understanding the difference between running outside and running on a treadmill. Running on a treadmill came so easy to me, but I had been running outside prior to running on a treadmill. I was conditioned and used to running. I embraced the ease of the treadmill, but I really pushed myself on it.
I knew that I had moments when I could all-out sprint on the treadmill. It felt amazing because I normally sprinted on the flats and always ran strong for the last five minutes. When running on the treadmill, my pace was fast and it prepared me to go back to running outside. But the longer you run on the treadmill, the harder it is to switch back outside. This was especially true for me, because I was used to running five miles every day on a treadmill. You would always find me at the gym Monday through Friday. This gave me expectations for when I ran outside.
The expectations I had for switching to outside were not realistic. Running five miles on a treadmill is so different from running outside, especially if you live in the hills. Once I learned that I needed to rework for my perfect running pace, I was able to embrace my perfect run! I had to first accept that I couldn’t run five days a week right away. I needed to give my body the time to adjust.
You really do need to give your body time to adjust to running. This is true for running on a treadmill, running outside, or switching from roads to trails. They are all completely different mediums and its like comparing lemons to limes. They are both fruit and citrus, but it’s easy to distinguish one from the other and they do not taste alike. The same goes for running these different mediums. This is really how embracing your perfect run pace will help you flourish.
The key to running is to be honest and realistic with yourself. There are days that you know you just shouldn’t run. There are also days that you know you have to go out there and push it. Acknowledging that will help you flourish as a runner! Embrace your perfect run pace to achieve running success!
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