No, I'm not backwards, I'm just running backwards! And boy do I feel ridiculous.
However, it has to be said, I can feel myself using different muscles from the ones I use during my 'normal' runs. When I run backwards, I run on my toes for one thing. Another muscle also gets an unfamiliar work out and that's the muscle in my neck! I keep straining my neck to see what's behind me, or should I say: 'in front of me'?
Straining my neck made me think of a great new runner's gadget: The Runner Reverse Mirror. To put on your head, with a mirror dangling in front of your eyes, helping you to see what's behind you. I tried to explain my great invention using my words, but it's easier to just show you! Mind you, this is only the prototype, made from aluminum foil. So of course it still has some kinks and foils...
Why would you wánt to run backwards?
That's a good question, if ever I heard one! Let me try to offer some wisdom. From what I hear you burn more calories running backwards than forwards. Also, backwards running heightens your senses, because you have to really concentrate on not dying because you tripped or ran into a ravine. Another thing is that if offers your forward running muscles a break. But the best answer is of course, then you get to wear my great Runner Reverse Mirror!
For now, I'm going to keep on running forwards, but I may add a little backwards running at the end of my runs. Just to add the spice of fear, and as a way of cooling down.
Are you a backwards runner?