I have done it once - I think it was 2 years ago, not last year. I found it incredibly hard work and at one point was genuinely last! It was great value for me, because I can now tell people I have actually been the last person running along. However, I kept plodding along and wasn't last by the end (just nearly last!).
I am tempted to have another go this year and see if I can manage to finish not last again! Run's like this weekends Great Manchester Run, which I did, are no good as there are actually a few people who are even slower than me in events like that.
when you run at the speed I do, there is not a chance of ever coming in the top 50 %, never mind winning (makes me laugh even typing the word!). So perhaps the fame of coming last is better for me!
I am interested too, but always worried that events that only allow a small number of people are full of seriously fast people. I don't mind being last - it's when they've all locked up and gone home that I get depressed!
A much better finish than last years when we had to go up that horrible ramp into the GMex and then the carpet on the GMex floor.
The worst bit now is going around the war museum, when I was there things literally came to a halt in the Alley way leading into the War Museum - that is standing still, not even walking! Hope they can sort that out for next year. I guess it goes there though so the TV cameras show the War museum to the world and we just have to put up with it.
I would make 2 observations about posetech.com. Firstly some of the people who have asked for scientific validation of the claims rather than just anecdote and opinion have received an aweful lot of abuse, but their very valid questions have never been answered as far as I can see.
secondly, there are a lot of concerns re shins, achilles tendons and calves on the website. Some from people new to pose who want a cure and some who have done pose for a couple of years and want to know why they are not cured. God-forbid this might be down to their biomechanics!
However, we are all on this website because we want to run. To me, all the evidence says everything in life has variation. Some people are tall and some people are short. Similarly, some people have legs that are 'better designed' for running than others. That does not mean we can't make the most of what we have got with training, shoes, orthotics etc.
If pose is the holy grail of running, then fantastic.
The difficulty is that if anyone has an illness/injury/problem some will get better whatever happens. All clinical research is aimed at seeing if the intervention helps more people than you would expect by chance. I have never seen this for the pose technique. However, if it is as good as they say it is, then it won't be long before that evidence is available will it?
I have been badly troubled with shin splints for about 1 year - I think I have conquered them (for the moment?) now.
They feel like pain on either the medial or lateral side of the shin bone - the medial being most common. The shin itself can also be tender. Mild shin splints can feel like a tingly/aching sensation in the lower leg when you start running that then resolves after a few minutes. When they get bad they ache all the time but get worse when you run. Ultimately it can alter your gait.
I am not an expert, but I am a surgeon and have done a lot of reviewing the literature because of my own problems. There is no complete agreement as far as I can see, but it really comes down to your own biomechanics - which you can't change, you've got what God gave you.
What you can do is look at your shoes (+/- Orthotics), stretch every bit of your legs and back frequently and build up your mileage from a very low base very slowly.
not at all useful advice when you have a race in 3 weeks time (I know - been there!)
I have struggled for a year because I refused to significantly change what I was doing, now I have changed things have dramatically improved.
I have not run for longer than 30 minutes for months now (other than in a race). I make up the time by having a hard cycle first, then jumping straight off the bike and going for a run. I also stretch every day.
I did get orthotics and they probably helped, but I couldn't be bothered to continue. As I overpronate I have got motion control shoes, which have helped (but give me blisters, which I have never had before).
So although my hours of running are much less than they were, my total training time is actually up. My times for 10K and 1/2 marathon are both better than last year, when I spent more time running than now.
The most useful thing for me was to realise I was never going to win anything. i run because I enjoy it and want to be reasonably healthy. i therefore listened to my body and did what it would let me, rather than what I wanted.
Having said all that, i still want to run for longer (I am convinced that will speed me up in a race) and in the near future will start lengthening one run - but very slowly.