Friday, June 18, 2010

Free Form

Today was, I believe, a turning point in my training. It was hot, 82 degrees with high humidity. My plan was to have an LSD to start acclimating to the heat of summer and working on endurance. Then I had one of those moments. The song lyrics, on my iPod, were, "Freedom comes when you learn to let go". Wow, talk about a Revelation, the light bulb came on and I realized something I'd been missing.

I went into free form mode. Suddenly technique was natural not something I was forcing my body to do. Because I just loosened up and let it flow. Now this was my first long distance on a really hot day this year, but the pace was easy, my body was responding to the rhythm. My original plan was 10 miles but by 9 miles I'd had plenty. It was an amazing workout but I didn't force it, I went with how I felt, my body performed well, but when I started running out of steam I stopped.

I had a couple of rough spots, the first when I hit where my normal long distance walks stop, six and a half miles. Then when I passed a fence with a large angry pit bull behind it. My heart rate soared there and finally when I was nearly run down in a cross walk by a couple of guys smoking and drinking beer. The driver had to swerve the old Buick wide to keep from hitting me.

I can't wait to get to the track next week and practice what I learned today about letting go and letting the motion flow.

Thanks for reading.

Rambling Panda

3 comments:

韋富 said...

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Jusacuz said...

This is the same kind of thought I've been having lately. I spend so much time fighting myself while running/walking. Proper form, proper pace, etc and I realized that if I just let go and stop forcing it all, things just fall into place and I can finish the distance feeling good about what I have accomplished. It's hard for me to just go with it sometimes (most times).
Btw, came to your blog from the WISH board. :)

CarolynL定治 said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。......................................................................