Saturday, November 28, 2009

run like a girl

Ran in the Arroyo this morning – back up to nine in the track shoes – went really slow just to be safe – no foot problems, yet. Focused on taking shorter strides and landing just in front of flat-footed – as in more towards the toe, but just slightly.

I’ve been watching people run a lot lately. I’ve always watched the runners, but recently I’ve been watching their foot landings. It seems like, in general, women have a more natural human stride – they tend to land on the mid-foot, whereas, men tend to land more heavily on their heels. I think it’s some kind of machismo thing. Men don’t like to prance around the neighborhood – they like to be very serious about running hard and getting it done. But I think they run themselves into a lot more injuries because of it. The women’s approach seems a lot more sustainable – and it doesn’t have to be that much slower – you just have to take faster steps and you can pretty much keep up. Actually, now that I think about it, arguably one of the most accomplished distance runners I know of runs like a girl so it must be good enough for me, too. So, that’s what I was trying to do today, run like a girl…

3 comments:

A Midnight Rider said...

RYN about my moon gadget. You know there is a blue moon in December right?

I'll be celebrating that and the new year in Chile. ole.

Jonah said...

La Luna Azul! Ole, indeed! Thanks.

shawnkielty said...

yes MR. Nice about Chile.

Jonah ... When my daughter was young she ran and walked completely on her toes ... her heels never touched the ground at all -- until she was maybe 5.

Now she's an adult and walks normally, but I was always facinated by that.