This weeks theme at Runners Lounge is Running Through Transitions.
Now that I sit down and think about it, I have more transitions in my life than I initially realized.
First - the biggest transition - in two weeks my specified time for working at this company will be over and I will head back to school for my final classes on December 1st. I have 5 classes left to take before I graduate in May 2009 and with a full time position already accepted I am going to have to work hard to stay focused and get good grades!!
My body has also started to show some changes - I am losing my "basketball body" and turning into a sprinter. I am learning how to run faster and more efficiently and also how to compete in a relay. The hand off (transition) with the baton from one runner to the next can be the most important part! On that note - Friday we are doing another time trial at Track!
At yesterday's track workout something just seemed to click - My coach has been talking about working on pulling my legs up while sprinting. A lot of runners tend to hit their butt with their feet when they run but that will slow you down. We ran 7x200m repeats and about halfway through I focused on pulling my legs and it worked. I maintained an even pace for the last few - about 34-36 seconds for each 200m run and although I was breathing hard at the end of each sprint I wasn't totally spent which means I am running more efficiently and increasing my endurance.
Today Abby and I are going to go for a slow 2.5 mile run as we want to be rested for the time trials Friday. When I first ran the 400m back on October 11th I ran it in 71 seconds and it was FREEZING out!! Expected temps on Friday at 4pm =65 degrees!!
Also I got some comments asking how I find the time to read??! Well since I am not taking classes I have no homework so I have a lot more free time. Usually while taking classes I spend a good 5-6 hours on homework a night because otherwise I would never be able to get my work done. Anyway - Have a good Thursday!!