I'm guessing though that "natural" is a pretty flexible term here. I still remember how awkward I found it to get used to sprinting on my first spikes (some 30 years ago So I may not have been a forefoot to begin with, but spikes leave you no choice! And it looks like if I want to develop, I'll need to get used to reducing pace--which means having to get used to mid foot, however unnatural. Wonder if this is sth all sprint-to-long-distance converts face... Anyone else out there?
Thanks all so far! You're right, of course: I checked and there's plenty of cushioning at the back. They just don't feel soft like many others that I've tried--which I love.
Reading your replies, though, I realised that I'd not been clear when describing the issue. The switch to midfoot running after 15k is not a direct consequence of tired legs, but an indirect one: I can only "run right" @ above 5:20/k. Any speed under that feels uncomfortable, I don't seem to be able to get the mechanics right and end up with a midfoot strike. And I can only maintain the pace comfortably for about 15k. So plenty of work ahead
I probably need to have sb have a look at my technique and help me "run right" at lower paces, too. I'm guessing it's because in my past incarnation I was a sprinter. On the other hand, that was 3 babies ago--so I'm already happy about the fact that I'm managing any distance beyond 5k to begin with
Like carterusm, I'd love to know what is meant by form here.
Hi all-- First off, apologies if I get my my technical terminology all wrong I've just signed up for my first marathon in August, and as I'll need to be getting new shoes shortly, I'd love to have your advice on the following: So far, I've been running in Mizunos (now wave rider 15). They're perfect for my narrow feet (coming in different widths), and I love the fact I can feel the ground running in them. Here's the thing though: for the first 15k I land on my forefoot but as my legs get tired, I start using the mid foot as well, and finally the heel. Since the shoes offer little cushioning, I'm wondering if this can cause problems/injuries on the longer runs ahead, and if I should accept some cushioning in prep for the marathon (hate feeling any foam or fluff under my feet!). Any thoughts anyone, or suggestions for a different model? I'm a natural pronator.
Congrats on starting! I've been running for just 12 weeks, but I'm a complete convert. I'd say the first 5k are the hardest so use whatever works for you to get there--all the incremental miles are a piece of cake after that! (ok, I'm only doing my first 9m today, but relatively speaking ).
For me, the greatest motivator has been a HR monitor. Whenever i feel I'm not making enough progress, my HRM will tell me otherwise. (For example, I was gutted that my 2nd timed 5k was only 18 sec faster than the 1st one--until I checked the specs and saw that my average HR was way slower than the 1st time, even tho I was running faster. That really gave me the boost I needed.)
Good luck with it! You'll start noticing a difference in just a few weeks!