OK….so it’s January 3, 2014. I’m trying to correct my eating habits which will hopefully help with my weight and blood sugar maintenance. I’ve started running again with some new goals (<42:00 10k) which will put more stress on my 53 year old body if I continue to run as I always have.
After my last injury (knee and lower back pain), I decided to change my running style. Until now, I have always run with my front leg extended and landing with a heel strike. My body talks to me after about 6 months of running with pain in both my lower back and right knee. I don’t know why I didn’t check YouTube before, but it’s chalk full of coaching for running…and ALL the coaches agree with these 4 important points:
1) Your foot should land directly under your hips
2) You should land on your mid-foot, not your heel
3) Your cadence should be about 180 steps per minute
4) Lean slightly forward AT THE ANKLES (not at the waist)
Well…. I started running this way. My first day Dec 26, 2013) I ran only 1 mile and my calves were screaming in pain. I rested a day, then ran 1.5 miles which was still harder than what I was used to, but easier than the first day. I’m only 8 days in by now, yesterday’s run was 2 miles and I was comfortable always landing on my forefoot. I can already feel this will be both a more comfortable way to run AND much faster than my old heel strike method. I know, I’m only at the beginning of the trek, but I’m already feeling my goal of <42:00 10k is well within reach. And my long-term goal of running without injury is looking better also.
AND…this running thing is a superb motivator to keep my weight down where it should be.
Weight – 207.4 lbs (same as yesterday)
Waking Blood Sugar – 5.7 (same as yesterday)
Resting Heart Rate – 42bpm (new parameter I’ll try to measure throughout the year)