Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Discovering A Rhythm
I took a different route this time which I call The Braided Stream Loop. The last half mile and right around Mile 2 are uphill. Once I got into my running groove, I felt like I was flying (to me anyways, and I'm sure I was going just 10 min/miles on those stretches). When I got to the first uphill stretch, I took smaller steps but kept the same groove I had earlier.
The nice thing about running without music is you are more in tune with your breathing and your strides. I started to notice a rhythm that my breathing was making with each step I took. One/inhale, two, three, four/exhale. One/inhale, two, three, four/exhale, etc...or something like that. I became more focused on that syncopation as I literally attacked each hill - even as the hill crested and flattened out, I maintained that rhythm.
I couldn't believe I did 3.52 miles in 41 minutes - that is fast for me especially with hills. It was such a great run I was on high the whole day!