Running Styles

First day of classes down! So far so good. I desperately need to buy a planner though so I can keep track of all of my assignments. I like to physically cross things off of my list when I’ve completed them rather than delete them off of my phone. That way I can see what I’ve already done as well. Planners = awesome.

My first day with new goals in mind also went well in terms of calories and exercise.

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 40
Lunch Veggie burger with tortilla and mango salsa 330
Dinner Chicken breast 160
Rice with pesto 150
Snack Fruit Smoothie 200
Dessert No-Bake Almond Joy Cookie 220
Total 1200

Right at my target calories! And more cookies! You’ll notice it’s a higher calorie than usually. My department was handing out free Oreos so I had to have one…. and then I may have snuck half another Almond Joy cookie when Daniel wasn’t looking… muahaha. So I just added all of those calories together into one cell.

Check out my tasty lunch with a veggie burger. I crumbled it into a tortilla and topped it with lettuce and mango salsa. I’m sad to say, but we are now out of that mango salsa. We have bought a replacement that we haven’t opened yet, but it’s a different brand so I hope it’s just as good.

veggie burger taco

For dinner I made us some breaded chicken breasts.  They’re actually called Chicken Breast Tenders so they’re smaller than regular chicken breasts. I dipped them in a little coconut oil (about 1 Tbsp) and then dipped them in a mixture consisting of Panko bread crumbs, Corn Flake Crumbs, garlic powder, onion salt, lemon pepper, lemon zest, and parsley. Then I baked them at 375 F for about 25 minutes. I also made some brown rice and Daniel had the idea to add some pesto to it. It was pretty tasty!

breaded chicken

Now for the topic that inspired my post title.

Running Styles

Last night Daniel and I ran 4.5 miles.  I was keeping up with Daniel for the first two miles but for the last two I was slowing down. I was getting tired and a little hungry. Daniel ran ahead of me. As my pace slowed I noticed something I tend to do often. I can’t properly describe it but I basically run with my knees and thighs close together and take smaller strides. Sometimes my legs are so close together I actually kick myself in the back of my calves on accident. It puts strain on my knees a bit too. It’s like I’m trying to piggyback on my legs. I’m shuffling along with my legs right under me. I probably look ridiculous if you can imagine.

Once I realized this I made an effort to take bigger strides and allow myself to use a wider range of motion in my hip flexers. It was better form but it was harder to maintain. My body kept wanting to revert back to my old man shuffle.

Does anyone else notice a change in running styles depending on their pace?

I’m going to try to focus on my form more when I run. I have noticed my pace is a lot faster than it was a couple months ago so I’ve been shuffling less. Less shuffling, more running!

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