I'm having a dabble at switching from my 'old' style of shuffling/heel striking to more of a midfoot style - from the biomechanic research point of view I've seend and read it kind of just makes sense to me so I want to make sure as I go down this route that I get it right.
From this perspective I'd like to go to some kind of clinic/session to be analysed/asssessed and get some direct feedback on what I'm doing wrong/right and what to take away to make improvements. I'm based near Worcester but happy to travel - any suggestions as to where to try would be appreciated.
I too read somewhere not to stretch before heading out for a jog but to fully stretch when finished. The beginners index is great and has helped me to go from a standing start to 45 min runs in about a month. I think the watchword here is gentle start, let your bones and joints get used to the pounding, increase work load steadily and rest inbetween runs (ie don't run every day to start off with)
Welcome to the madhouse - as a newbie too I'm loving it here ;)