Running Happy, Blogging Fatigued

I haven’t been the best blogger lately. Life is going fine, training is good, but I’m sort of bored with myself in terms of blog post writing. I’m still reading and commenting on blogs, but whenever I think about drafting a post of my own… meh. 

running through Times Square

 You’d think it’d be otherwise since my race in NYC was so fun. And today I went for a gait analysis. In May, I’m going to do metabolic testing. I’m trial-run coaching a fantastic athlete and new-ish runner for her first half and full marathons as I work towards my coaching certification. I’d like to say I’ll write more about these things soon, but the way things are going, I don’t want to make a promise I won’t hold myself to keep. 

As far as the gait analysis, that was super fun. We’re going to do a follow up outdoors to see if my gait is different on the track than the treadmill and also to see what I’m doing technique-wise when running downhill to cause me hip issues. He suspects it’s actually the opposite of what I worried — that I’m landing behind my hips rather than the typical  overstride. This is something I need to fix if I want to run any race with notable down hill. 

My gait and running form are quite good. He even said that it was close to ideal. So, yay! The way I land is beneath my hips and in such a way that I use my whole foot to propel me forward. Which is also likely why I run faster on the road than the treadmill. He had me run both barefoot and with two different shoes, and basically he recommended that I use shoes that the least get in the way of my natural running form. We talked about some minimalist shoes with good cushioning for me to try as I prep for my marathon in October. 

I’m feeding my running shoe problem: this week I bough some Newton Fates, I got my order of the Altra Superior 2.0 trail shoe and I just ordered some On Running Cloud shoes. 

That’s all the exciting stuff. Oh, except I was chosen as a Skirt Sports Ambassador! More on this as I hear more from the company. But you might’ve noticed that in 95% of my race photos that I am wearing Skirt Sports and have been since my 4th race (I forget how many I’ve run now, but it’s close to 40). 

I hope everyone is doing awesome!

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25 thoughts on “Running Happy, Blogging Fatigued

  1. Glad things are going well!

    Where did you get gait analysis done? I’m going to UVA in May. Maybe they’ll like my treadmill-based form too. I need to get better at hills – up and down – as I’m sure Boston will point out in a few weeks! But then I can train better for 2016.

    I’ll be interested to hear about the metabolic testing.

    Which fall race have you picked?

    • I went to a new place that just opened up locally. He’s working with a guy out of Vermont to do the metabolic/VO2 max testing. It was a really interesting experience and I think a bit of a confidence booster in that at least there’s one area that I don’t have to work a ton on to improve.

      I’m running the Wineglass Marathon this fall. It’s a net downhill race (not a huge amount), so I do need to figure out how to do the downhill better.

      You must be so excited for Boston!!! I’ll be running vicariously through you (I’ll try not to slow you down with all my hangers-on-ing)

  2. You’re living your life instead of writing about living it. I think that’s probably a good thing. Go you!

    How wonderful to know your feet and stride are right for you! Sounds like you’re doing some fantastic things and more fun stuff in store. Woohoo!

  3. Nice seeing you here Judith, and I totally understand about the writing.
    I have not been doing too much lately, have had a post sitting in “draft” for a few days waiting for me to continue.
    It is good to take a break sometime.
    You can tell how much of a “newbie” runner I am. I never knew there was such a thing as gait analysis. It was very interesting to read about it, and even about shoes.
    Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚
    ~Carl~

    • I have had a number of half written drafts too. I eventually delete them because they seem to mock me, lol.

      The gait analysis is really cool. It was neat to see myself run, maybe because I didn’t look like a flailing fool and like a “real” runner. Some running shoe stores offer it too, but I’m not sure they’re as well trained as a business that focuses on that aspect. I tried it once, and they tried to put me in stability shoes, which is about the worst thing they could’ve recommended given that I’ve got a solid gait. I tried running in them and it was horrible.

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m always glad to see your name and blog posts pop up πŸ™‚

  4. Congrats on the ambassadorship! I just bought my first Skirt Sports skirt and I love it! I want more. πŸ™‚ Gait analysis sounds interesting. I like that they checked you barefoot as well. Plus watching on a treadmill and outside, they sound thorough. Good luck with the new shoes!

  5. Sometimes you feel like writing, sometimes you don’t. I’m happy if I can throw up a blog post once a week, and I’m not nearly as eloquent as you. Congratulations on becoming an ambassador.

  6. Writers block, eh? I’ve actually cut way back on my posts – used to do 5 days a week, but then decided to go for quality over quantity. Now 2-3 times a week, but with more meat.

  7. I totally know what you mean about the blogging. There are so many things that I want to write about, but when it comes time to actually sit down and write, I just… can’t. It’s not that I don’t have ideas to share, I just don’t have any interest. I’m hoping that as the warm weather comes back (it’s still coming back, right??) I might get more jazzed about sharing/writing again.

  8. Hooray for new shoes and congratulations on the new Ambassadorship! Skirt Sports is awesome! Very cool about your gait analysis too. I want to get one done and I’m afraid of what they tell me. πŸ™‚

  9. Syd says:

    I get the blogging thing because when things are going really well and I am busy, I don’t feel much like writing. Glad that you are close to ideal with your gait.

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