In “Running to the Top” Arthur Lydiard notes, learning to relax and overcoming muscular viscosity. Losing Power. “We’ve got to be able to straighten the back leg and drive”. “We’ve got to learn to keep up tall and drive hard right off the front of the foot”.
During the last half-mile and cool down this relaxation came to realization as I continue to analyze why yesterday’s 1000s were off their mark. Interestingly I could sense my heart rate easing, muscle tension decrease and overall anxiety lessen as I opened my stride and relaxed into the run with a “whole body” effort.
The technique I have worked on in the past is by using a toe-to-head check to engage all muscles and avoid just letting the legs shuffle along. You get a sense of running tall, refreshed and inspired to run farther and faster. To the edge of getting the elusive “runners high”.
Today’s run includes 4x ¼ mile efforts at Marathon Pace with random rest interval.