Yay!!! Did the longest outing since I started a walk-run program 10 weeks ago (after doing the classic beginner mistake of initially running to far and too fast).
Almost 8.5K - have been implementing a bunch of tips on running form recently, and I can really feel how they're reducing the stress on my body and at the same time speeding me up.
So exciting! It feels like playing a video game, but with my body, and real :) Slowly getting better at it, understanding how it works :)
Although I wish she didn't use the word "Mojo" in her branding (as it's cultural appropriation IMHO)
In particular, there are several great episodes on running form that have just helped me SO MUCH - simple things like aiming for a cadence of 180 strides per minute, leaning forward from the ankles while running - really very happy with it!
@hcs How are you getting on with your running? I'm following a 13 week walk/run program aiming for 10K - and the 10K is coming up in a few weeks time. VERY excited about it!
@hcs Getting good-fitting shoes, shorts, and T-shirt made a big difference for me too!
I find it interesting how it's different things that make the big differences for different people - for me, so far, breathing hasn't been an issue, but my cadence and step-length (and other form things) have had a huge impact.
That sounds like an exhausting time you've been having there. Phew. Hope you're feeling better again soon.
And very much hear you re: imposter syndrome - part of the reason I started, is I want to try martial arts again, and I don't want to do that without having a decent level of aerobic fitness. Don't want to be the person panting, hopeless, at the back of the room!
@hcs I use headspace and it's helped me with lots of things
@ekaitz_zarraga I just Tooted about Beginner Runner Village podcast - this is what I've used, and it's helping me hugely. However, it's focused on long-distance running rather than sprinting - I'm curious about trying to run shorter distances faster, but am concentrating ATM on the long-distance stuff (as a big reason for doing it is the awesome endorophin rush from doing it for 40 min or so)
@ekaitz_zarraga Good luck with that!!!
@ekaitz_zarraga And I really can't emphasise enough the need to take it slowly at first, listen to your body - you need to get your skeleton, muscles, cardiovascular system, tendons, all ready to deal with the running - you may have the cardio needed to run 20K, but if your skeleton (and your form) can only take 10K, you are at risk of doing yourself a lot of harm.
But the good news for me was that improving my form has HUGELY reduced the stress to my body.
Good luck again!
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