any runners out there?
i run, but i wouldn't call myself a runner.
it's more like,
i love to move. i love to exercise. i love the outdoors. i love to sweat. i love time alone with my thoughts, or my music. i love people watching. i love feeling tired from energy expenditure.
i'm not exactly a runner. but i run.
as i mentioned before i'm running this half marathon in november. i've never done a race this long before, but i'm excited to try. to push myself. the other day i was getting new shoes and the man helping me told me i run like a gymnast who is used to running with men. (how did he know?) apparently i'm loosey goosey because i'm limber, and i have a huge stride because i try to match the stride of the men i run with (adam or dad). i don't imagine running toward a vault and springboard when i run, but apparently i look like i'm about to pull a kerri strug. long strides, arms pumping hard. can you imagine how awkward i must look?
so, i've been trying to fix some things, shorten my stride, relax my arms. it's hard to find your perfect running form. the form that is most energy efficient and easy on your joints. the form that you could run, say, 13.1 miles with.
any runners out there who have gone through this? does it eventually all click into place? i've been running for years and still feel like i'm trying to figure it out.
ps, how many times do you run in a pair of shorts before washing them? i never wash mine after each run. am i gross?