When it comes to triathlons, my worst of the three sports is running. For those of you who know me, you must be wondering why it’s my worst of the three when I run so often. Well… Let’s just say it’s always been a struggle for me. Which is one of the reasons I got into triathlons in the first place.
Over the past year, I decided to focus more on running so I could one day love it as much as biking and swimming. I have to say… I’m getting there. I love to run… But I want to be a faster and stronger.
I read a great book called Born To Run by Christopher McDougall right after my first Ironman and was completely inspired to change the way I run. Rather than go the barefoot or Vibram running route, I opted for the next best thing in natural running… my new favorite running shoes made by Newton Running Company which I bought at the Newton headquarters in Boulder, CO.
I’m using the Sir Isaac Neutral Guidance Trainer by Newton and they are perfect for the new way I’m learning to run.
What is this new way?
These shoes are made to help change my running posture so that I land on the midfoot/forefoot area instead of my heel first, which is not good for your knees or your posture. The new way feels more natural and the stride is easier to maintain. I ran 13 miles in them last week and loved every step.
Here’s the thing though.
I’m always looking for areas to improve. Always. Whether it’s in the triathlon sport or my life in general. I’m always looking.
Because change helps us to move forward.
If I’m not challenging myself to change my bad habits, then I don’t grow into the person I know I’m capable of being. The same goes for sports…. or anything else for that matter.
I’ve been a bad habit runner. Poor form. But I know I’m capable of running faster and more efficiently. I can do it if I apply myself and am patient with the process.
Now that I’m learning a new way, I’m getting faster and stronger.
Funny how life tends to be the same way right?
Have any habits you are in process of changing into good habits?
Remember… Change is good. It will show you a different way to run through life.