For those new to my blog and world, i have never had a running coach, or a running team or any formal training, mentoring or monitoring. I do what I think is right based on how I feel, and what I read. And that has served me pretty well. At least until I get hurt, and have to sit out for awhile. But, after trying the "lets just do a lot of what I do and I will get better" approach in golf this year -- which was a miserable failure -- I decided to work with someone on running basics. I don't need workouts and training so much as someone to say yes that right, no that isn't, here work on this, keep this mental image in mind.
So i met with a coach last night. I genuinely enjoyed it. The good news is that I am not doing anything radically wrong, in his opinion. I feared I was over-striding, but he didn't think so. My arms need work, my knees need to come up more, and I am "carrying some weight in the midsection" that isn't helpful. (Politest way I have ever heard that I need to drop a few!).
It was about stretching, loosening up to promote flexibility. Strides. Speed drills. Arm position and drive. All of which I can work on and intend to in the coming months. Also I am working on the "midsection" girth issue. Was it life changing? No. Was it helpful? Absolutely. I was also just ..fun ..to have someone to talk to about running, my theories, my form, my training. My wife is not interested (not that I blame her), but it was good to have someone who is genuinely interested and intrigued.
I intend to meet with him once very several weeks over the next couple months to evaluate progress, pointers, etc.
And it was a gorgeous night in Central Park. Easy to lose perspective with the sun setting over the Reservoir in 80 degree weather on a summer night in Central park.