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|Author: ||Alan Bennet|
|Subject: ||RE: 50+ Masters Training and Racing Open Forum|
You were running very hard UP, the asymmetry meant the down was not a true recovery.
... I wasn't running very hard going down ...
I'm big on symmetry, I make it a point to stay centered when sitting, driving, walking, etc. I hope I am centered when running but have never taken a video.
When I am forced to be asymmetrical I alternate, and do it with a calendar mnemonic. So today I wore my running watch on the left wrist because 20 is an even number and left has an even number of letters. When I had the bad carpal tunnel syndrome switching wrists was a necessity, now it's a preventive habit. Computer mouse gets switched weekly. Solo runs are out and back. Intervals are on the road rather than the track. Stretching I always do the less flexible side first and then the other side only stretch to match.
A funny thing about centered posture: I find it changes the way I think. It's particularly noticeable while driving. One bad posture I keep sliding into is with the left arm straight and the left hand on the wheel at 2 o'clock, but with the palm kind of cocked over the wheel instead of gripping it. That's not just me, I notice a lot of men drive in this position, some with the right hand though. Seems innocuous, but there's just enough tension (stress) that I start getting angry with the other drivers. And I drive more aggressively in response. The fix is to sit straight up and put both hands on the wheel at 5 and 7 o'clock, palms up with a relaxed grip. It doesn't make me approve of all the other drivers, but I can start to just let go.
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