Up again bright and early Friday morning to pile into the vans for our first full day. We made our way to South Mountain Park where we met with Bart and the people of Altra. For those of you who are new to the brand Altra have no fear because I have a post all to itself about the amazing things they are literally cooking up there in Utah, but Friday Golden, Brian, Jeremy, and Colleen met us on the trails for a quick morning talk and run through some of Bart's favorite paths.
The rest of the morning took place at the Altra booth. We heard from Golden about the creation of Altra shoes and where their passion comes from as well as what products are coming for 2016...let me just tell you it is WICKED cool!! (more to come on this!!)
Running on Air, gave us breathing techniques and even took us outside to practice it....I have to admit though that once I got out on the trail course it was more gasping for air instead of the great techniques that he showed us.
- Proud posture...what Colleen coined "Think like a guy, lead with your fly!" Chest is out and you bend at the ankles. As you get tired you can raise your arms and "Shoot the moon" to regain your posture. Be sure to always engage your core while running.
- Compact arm movement....we are not swimmers and as distance runners we don't need to be swinging our arms all over the place. 2-3" of movement is enough! Elbows stay behind your torso to help with the proud posture as well as to keep you from over striding.
- Soft relaxed landing...he really didn't emphasize where you are landing as long as it is relaxed and you aren't over-striding. Use your legs like a spring!
- The last being quick cadence. You can do cadence checks during your run by taking a 20 second count of your right foot landing. I was around 30 which equated to around an 8 min mile...just about right!
After all this fun and amazing food it was time to....OH MY WORD...RUN! We headed for a quick change of clothes before heading back up to South Mountain Park for the Altra 3.8 mile trail run! I laced up my new Altras and was ready to hit those trails!
I really did love the experience of running trails. I know that once you drink the Kool-Aid you are hooked but I'm not ready to ditch the road just yet for a life of ultras on the trails! I loved being in the woods and around nature...the slower pace is something to get used to but safety and not drawing blood were my two top goals! Overall it was an awesome way to kick off our weekend of running...and I think this picture says a lot about my experience!