ugh my lard hurts
After about 5 years of running only now would I say I have "good form".
That s not about speed or pace but a smooth leg action, arm action ( yes the arms are important)
how you hold your body on the flat, on hills, up and down.
All these things can if not correct give you hip pain, shin splints, stitches, and all manner of lower leg pain.
So often I see runners "running into the ground" as I call it, tense shoulders, arms high, legs with non-existant swing action, simply being stamped into the ground.
You have plenty of time, dont spend it learning bad habits, watch the best on the internet and see how they move. Again not how fast but the action, the flow that should be the same irrespective of the pace.
Find some where quiet and practice form until it becomes second nature.
Dont fall in to the trap that you have a "natural" style that should not be "messed" with,
If its causing injuries mess with it until its walks out and takes the cat. If its inefficiant sack it and get another one.
You learnt to walk and you have to learn to run.
Only just joined the RW forum and just found this thread and have really enjoyed reading it.
Like others on this thread i'm fairly new to running, only started in July last year, when I got signed up by a mate to a 10k mud/obstacle run in September lasy year. When I started I could run for about 10 mins before I felt like collapsing. Anyway fast forward 9 months or so and I can now run for over an hour and half fairly comfortably.
I still consider myself a beginner, i'm now trying to increase my 5 and 10K times for a couple of trail races I've entered in June /July this year. Am also considering my first half in September this year (the Robin Hood hlaf in Nottingham).
I seem to be struggling to incresae my pace, am trying to do tempo and interval runs but finding it difficult to judge what pace I should be running at and for what distance (I haven't got a Garmin, only the endomondo app on my phone, which is god but not easy to keep looking at etc). So any tips would be appreciated!
Cheers for that, will give it a go next week. I'm working down in Cornwall, sure I'll be able to find some hills down there!
You're right I do long runs on a sunday afternoon with a mixture of r3ecovery and tempo/interval running and 6 a side football during the week.
Yeah i've heard they're chnaging the route due to the extension of the tram system meaning a lot of roads are shut off. They can take out as many hills as they like! Are you doing Robin Hood again this year?
Have taken the plunge and entered the Robin Hood half (my first half marathon) which is at the end of September.
I am intending on following one of the taining plans on this site which I will start in the middle of June. Have also got a couple of 10k's booked in (one in 4 weeks and another in August ) so hopefully they'll be good training.
I have been doing a bit of hill work to help out with my speed, including the suggestion from Nick, so hopefully over the next few weeks I'll start to see an improvement.
Got a bit of a hamstring 'niggle' at the moment, hopefully nothing serious and just something I picked up yesteday which will ease over the next couple of days.
Hope the original person who started this thread is still making progress?
Hey Tommy... I hope to enter the Robin Hood as well. I'll be back in the country by then so hopefully fit and rearing to go... Glad to hear you are making some progress as regards speed....
Hopefully Tobyloby is still doing OK as well... he's been quiet lately...
Any update from Tobyloby?
Just a bit of an update, after entering the Robin Hood half I thought it would be a good idea to take part in a couple of shorter events leading up to it. Yesterday was the first one, a 10K trail run round the grounds of Clumber Park. My previous PB for a 10K was ~54mins, when I entered I optimistically put a finish time doen of sub 50mins. I'm pleased to report I did manage sub 50 with the timing chip recording my time as 47:44, so a massive PB and a massive barrier broken (I never thought I'd be able to get below 50 mins).
Must say a massive thanks to the random bloke who passed me after about 4K when I was 'lagging', as I used him as a pace setter and managed to keep within 10 metres or so of him all the way to the finish. Without his pace I doubt I'd have been able to do it!
So anyway going to have a couple of easy weeks before starting a training plan for the Robin Hood half, hopefully get another 10K done before the half, and maybe get a sub 45 for that !
Shame that Tobyloby isn't posting anymore, used to enjoy reading his posts/updates.
Hope things are good with you Nick?
Hey Tommy I have been away overseas... resting up my achilles (which seems fine now) and just starting to run again after 6 weeks off with no running. 6 weeks till the Robin Hood.so I better get cracking!
How has your training been going Tommy?
By the way... 47 mins is a pretty handy time! Did the downhill rnunning help you at all with regards to speed?
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