Photo: Robin and Mhairi
My running form finally started to return during today’s short run. I’m really surprised that it dropped off so quickly. Ten days doesn’t seem like long. Maybe it’s related to my increased biking during that period. Maybe I just settled a little too deeply into the spin technique.
Yesterday’s running form improved a little over the previous day’s rugby style to the gait of a goofy high jumper. (It’s okay for me to say that ‘cause I used to be one of those goofs.) Many jumpers seem to have a funny walking/running style. It tends to over accentuate the heel raise along with at bit of a hop/bump in each step. I’m convinced that it is this very stride unintentionally repeated over a lifetime that leads to the increased jumping ability.
About halfway through today’s run I noticed that my fists were clenched. I think I’d been doing that for the last couple days, too. Once I released my grip the rest of my body relaxed and everything fell quickly back into place.
It was at this point in my run that I remembered my ostrich technique. Sometimes as I’m running I visualize the form of a running ostrich. My hands imitate the feet of the huge running bird. My hands are mostly open and faced palm down. They sort of paddle along just below the level of my elbows pretending to be making strides of their own along the ground. The elbow bend reminds me of the backwards knee position of the ostrich. A bit strange I admit, but pretending to be a flightless bird seems to help me find a smooth and efficient stride.
There used to be an ostrich farm in my hometown about a hundred years ago. I guess back then it was pretty common to see ostriches running along – now they’re just in my imagination.