Team sports are like a machine. All the parts serve a purpose. In running you are your team and you are the machine and in order for you to work like a machine you must find your rhythm. In this case you must find your cadence. Every branch of the military has them and you should to. It doesn’t have to be a 1-2-3-4, it’s simply to help push the pace and keep your breathing in check. I was in the military and when we’d do our runs we’d make our own songs or take hits we all knew. It’s what I’ve carried into my routine now that my passion for running has been reignited. Just this past week, I felt winded and started to feel the pain, instead of stopping I slowed down, regrouped and sang “twinkle twinkle little star.” Don’t laugh! I’m serious. Now, I wasn’t belting the song like an American Idol contestant but rather like a warrior grunting. I kept going and started running faster and found my internal pace. I challenge you to do the same. You’ve found your goal, your passion, and motivation. Now you have to find your cadence. If you need some help finding it, get a metronome. There are free apps on iTunes and Google play. When you do it be proud of it. It’s your battle cry and your identity. Mine just so happens to be nursery rhymes. J Share with us your training videos by tagging us on instagram & instgram using the hastag #RunSPI. Also be sure to follow our training blogs on facebook.com/SouthPadreIslandMarathon.