Run Like a Flintstone

After Tuesday’s failed run, I really wanted a run last night. Chris had a board meeting and Campbell didn’t want to ride her bike alongside me, so I went downstairs on the treadmill while the kids watched a movie. Running hurt, but I found if I shortened my stride and increased my cadence (a LOT), it didn’t hurt at all. It was very exaggerated–I felt as if I was running like a Flintstone. In case you’re too young, here’s a video:

I was able to hold 9-minute pace for 3 miles without pain and without even being very winded. It actually went pretty fast. It helped that I was completely engrossed in a documentary on Netflix about shunned Amish people.

What if all this time I’ve been running WRONG and there is actually a more efficient way for me to run? I am not sure if I can run like a Flintstone outside. I might need to practice it on the treadmill a bit and then tone it down a notch so it’s a little more normal and less Flinstoney. I mean, I had to look completely ridiculous. But then again, maybe I look completely ridiculous as it is?

I think it might be time to do that thing I never wanted to do: videotape myself running. I mean video RECORD. Sorry for dating myself. Don’t expect to be seeing that video here.

Have you ever experimented with shortening your stride and increasing your cadence? Did you feel like a Flintstone? Are you old enough to still say “videotape”?

Random Wednesday Update

School has started and I’m still trying to figure out how to keep things together. The first week of school is so tiring because I have to be ON 100% of the time. Not that I’m exactly “off” much the rest of the year, but you just have to be so vigilant the first week when the kids are learning the routines of your classroom. Once I get them all trained, I mean taught, on how things run in my room, I can relax a bit and it just kind of flows.

Our evenings have been pretty low-key as we all adjust to getting up and out the door early every day.

With some ramps and a bench from the yard, Evan set up a completely safe little ramp.

There was only 1 mishap.

Most evenings we walk to the park, which we are lucky to have just a block behind our house. The paved loop is about 8/10ths of a mile long–perfect for kiddy bike rides.

Usually our cat walks with us. That’s not weird, right?

The kids ride the “big loop” while I sit on a park bench and look at magazines. It’s really stressful for me as you can imagine.

Last night, an airplane (or drone?) circled the park the WHOLE time we were there. Someone really wanted to look at something.

When I take close-ups of our garden, it actually doesn’t look like a pile of weeds and unsuccessful plants.

The dog is probably enjoying her alone time during the day.

I’ve been running slow & easy every other day. Sunday was a nice run and I wasn’t terribly sore after. That made last night’s run really depressing. I ran maybe 6/10ths of a mile before I gave up and walked the rest of the way. My left leg felt like a dead weight and had no spring. I’ll try again tomorrow. I am not ready to give up on this sport just yet.

I hope you are also enjoying some restful evenings and soaking up the last bit of summer!

Friendliest Crowd?

A few weeks ago, after a mountain bike race, Chris and I were chatting about which group of racers is the friendliest among the running/cycling/swimming crowd. The reason we started talking about it is the mountain bike crowd is always SO friendly, not only at our local club races but at the ones we’ve traveled to. The offroad triathlons are all amazingly friendly and supportive, as well.

Warning: I am about to stereotype and generalize. I know there are friendly crowds at all types of events and unfriendly crowds at others, but overall, here’s our list of the individual endurance events we have experience with:

Most Friendly Participants/Crowd
1. Mountain Bike Races
2. Offroad Triathlons/Duathlons
3. Cyclocross Races
4. Running Races (road/trail/cross country seem similar)
5. Swim Meets
6. Road Cycling Races
7. Road Triathlons
Least Friendly Participants/Crowd

The attitude around the off-road events is just completely different. You can feel it in the transition/staging area. The road triathletes are SO SERIOUS. Yesterday’s race made me realize that the kids’ races are the about the same ranking as far as the friendly non-nutso parent continuum.

I’m sure some of you will chime in with examples of events near the bottom of my list which were very friendly, and we’ve experienced those too. But overall, that is our list of events that are consistently friendlier than others.

What do you think? Which running/cycling/swimming events are the friendliest?