Went for the first run yesterday, 3 rounds around Kezar Stadium (route shown below, courtesy Google Earth).
We congregated in the parking lot/field outside at 6:30 pm, and immediately went for 2 rounds around Kezar Stadium. 0.7 miles each, so 1.4 miles. Then came and did a bunch of exercises, for balance and preventing injuries. And then went for a "cool down" run, another 0.7 miles.
In total, I ran 2.1 miles yesterday... after not having run for the last many years. My legs are shot to hell today, and I hope I recover in time for tomorrow's team run.
Tips for running from the head coach:
- "I never want to see the soles of your shoes when you are running towards me": Basically, in your forward stride, don't have your toes pointing up and don't land on your heel. Two bad things happen:
- You land on your heel and it has a big impact on a small area of your foot. This can also cause other problems since you are not in a proper form to absorb that impact.
- The way the foot lands acts as a brake or hurdle. This hampers your momentum and your body now has to go up and over that hurdle.
I'll be practicing these tomorrow.