Wow, I remember reading this a couple of years back, always wondered how he'd get on.
Tough luck Alex, sorry to read it didn't work out for you fella. I know how injury and illness and determination to finish a mara can f*** you up. I'm still paying the price for finishing the 2007 FLM when the smart move would have been to pull out, haven't done a proper run since! Ah well, hindsight's a wonderful thing.
Are you still running Alex? Just wondered how close you got to the 2.30 target.
Wow, cheers guys, didn't expect a big response like that and so quick too! It doesn't seem quite so crazy now, encrouraging to read Kicked-It's post about the guy who did 3/4 miles without a heelstrike.
A few months back I did (albeit briefly) look into the Pose method but it seemed to me you take pretty short strides and your knee is over your foot during at impact, I don't think I do that, my stride is pretty long and the other difference from my "normal" run is where I take off and land. Its very springy and bouncy, looks kinda silly but you do feel like lightning running that way.
I have heard that Gebrselassie is a natural Pose runner, I've tried watching on youTube but his legs are so fast you can't see whats happening.
I might get my friend to film me running on the treadmil, but my calves are still screaming from Sunday's massive 4 minute run!
I think you guy's are right, I need to check out properly the Pose technique, is it expensive to learn? Anybody here done it?
I'm sure my marathon days are long gone but if I could crack this and be able to run 10k's again, that would be wonderful, I could even go back to my old running club.
You might get a link to a very dull youtube video pretty soon
Hi, I'm kind of conducting a little running experiment at the moment. Just curious to see if you guys think its possible. I don't know if anyone else is like this but I have 2 very different running styles:
a) Standard running, very flat footed, loads of nasty looking knee movement, thump the ground pretty hard, very loud and stompy, you can hear me coming a mile off. Real ugly style I know.
b) Sprinting - take off and land on my toes/ball of feet, my heels don't come anywhere near the ground, very little knee movement, very light on my feet and I'm almost silent. I've been told when I run like this my style is a lot better.
I've got a niggling knee pain that nobody in London can diagnose let alone fix, I've tried literally everything for 2 years and thrown some £8k at it but to no avail. I have noticed however when I run style b) I never get any knee pain. I don't know if the faster but simpler running action puts less stress on the knees, no idea. Problem is I can only run 400m tops in that "sprint" position, after that I'm not out of breath but my calf muscles give up and I can't prop myself up on the toes anymore and I go back to the slap-slap-slap-thud-thud style a).
The point of this drivel is this, do you think its possible to run a long distance race say 10k in a sprint style b)? It doesn't have to be a quick pace, but still in that "sprint" position. just wonder if I build up the biggest calf muscles in the world whether it could be done. I've looked into Pose running but I think what I'm trying to do is different.
So far I've managed to increase my max distance to half a mile up on my toes, I've done that a couple of times but both times my calf muscles have been killing me for 6 days afterwards, and I'm a little scared my little experiment is gonna F*** me up! Do you think it can be done? Am I likely to absolutely destroy my calf muscles/something else? The way I see it, its the only way I can run cos of my crap knee. I'd like to think that if I can do this I'll shatter all my PBs too as there seems much less drag and friction when you're running gazelle like on your toes.